School Ethos

Inwoods is a small school that seeks to provide an environment that nurtures sensitivity to each other and to nature, and encourages inquiring and attentive minds. Although academic learning is important for us, holistic education means far more than the mere acquisition of knowledge. Learning is viewed as being a joyful and serious process whereby both teacher and child discover together. We attempt to nurture each child’s individuality and creativity, encourage questioning, and keep alive their enthusiasm for academics as well as non-academic activities.

We want children to excel out of a true love for the subject, without fear or pressure.

We want children to excel out of a true love for the subject, without fear or pressure. Time is provided for many activities that are not normally included in schools. We value activities that are hands-on and those that bring about closeness with nature. Comparison is discouraged and children’s exposure to competition and standardised tests are kept at a minimum. When conflicts arise, our intention is to discuss them openly and sensitively together, without resorting to a system of reward and punishment. Stillness and the ability to listen and remain quiet are emphasised as much as open communication. Rules and guidelines are put in place to create an orderly structure, and issues that arise are addressed with the children. We try to help the child act in an orderly manner that is sensitive to the needs of others. Our aim is to create a space where a child can flower and his or her intelligence can be awakened. 

School History

Inwoods Small School first started its educational journey in the autumn of 1996. The Space for Children – what is now called the Small Barn – was opened with a special barbecue supper, a bonfire and celebration to mark the occasion. Originally intended as a meeting place and resource centre for Brockwood children and their families, the Space for Children quickly attracted local interest and soon the numbers grew. At first, all of the children were pre-school age and there was no intention to provide full-time care or schooling. Each year it was unclear whether Inwoods would be able to grow with the children. It was only the continuing commitment and support of certain families, friends, and the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust that enabled the Big Barn to be completely renovated, the straw-bale building to be built and the necessary staff to be employed. 

As we head towards the 25th anniversary of Inwoods, those early days seem a long way away, but it is exciting to see the school continue to change and develop. This is particularly so as we are now entering a new phase in what is being offered at Inwoods. We are eager to see how it will develop in the future.

View from one of the rooms at the Krishnamurti Centre
View from one of the rooms at the Krishnamurti Centre

School History

Inwoods Small School first started its educational journey in the autumn of 1996. The Space for Children – what is now called the Small Barn – was opened with a special barbecue supper, a bonfire and celebration to mark the occasion. Originally intended as a meeting place and resource centre for Brockwood children and their families, the Space for Children quickly attracted local interest and soon the numbers grew. At first, all of the children were pre-school age and there was no intention to provide full-time care or schooling. Each year it was unclear whether Inwoods would be able to grow with the children. It was only the continuing commitment and support of certain families, friends, and the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust that enabled the Big Barn to be completely renovated, the straw-bale building to be built and the necessary staff to be employed. 

As we head towards the 25th anniversary of Inwoods, those early days seem a long way away, but it is exciting to see the school continue to change and develop. This is particularly so as we are now entering a new phase in what is being offered at Inwoods. We are eager to see how it will develop in the future.

Our Staff

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Kate Power

COORDINATOR of INWOODS SMALL SCHOOL

Kate Power has been the School Coordinator at Inwoods Small School for over a year and has been a residential staff member at Brockwood Park School for the last three years. Kate teaches A Level History at Brockwood Park School. She also supports students with specific educational needs across both schools. Before she came to Brockwood, she was teaching for seven years in the British state system and also at an international British school in Myanmar. Kate has a BA in History and Sociology. She qualified as a teacher at Exeter University and then went on to complete her MA in History at Bristol University.

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Antonio Autor

PRINCIPAL of BROCKWOOD PARK SCHOOL and INWOODS SMALL SCHOOL

Antonio Autor graduated from the Bilbao School of Business Studies with a BA. He played professional football from 1976 to 1985 in Spain and then studied English in the UK. Antonio joined Brockwood Park School in 1987, teaching Business Studies and Sports, and managing the grounds. Having trained in horticulture, he then became head gardener. He later became senior tutor for pastoral care, also teaching A Level Business Studies for several years. Antonio then spent six years working as the administrator of The Krishnamurti Centre before returning to the school in 2015 as Co-Principal. Antonio is now the Principal of Brockwood Park School and Inwoods Small School, and works closely with Kate, who is responsible for day to day running of Inwoods.

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Melanie Bacon

PRIMARY TEACHER at INWOODS SMALL SCHOOL

Mel is a Qualified Primary School Teacher and Forest School Leader. She has worked in the state and private systems and has had experience in a wide range of education settings over the last 15 years. In these schools, she adapted her teaching to meet differing needs and learning styles, accommodating children with SEN (specific educational needs) and EAL (English as an additional language). She is a strong believer in educating holistically: helping to instil an awareness of the wider world and a sense of belonging to it. Mel feels that teaching should be focussed on child-led learning and providing children with meaningful, real-life learning opportunities.

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Lauren White

PRIMARY TEACHER at INWOODS SMALL SCHOOL

Lauren is a Qualified Primary School Teacher and Forest School Leader and has been teaching for 8 years. She has worked in traditional, as well as Montessori and Reggio Emilia inspired schools, across West Sussex. Lauren has a PGCE specialising in Early Years education and has extensive experience teaching mixed classes of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Lauren specialises in offering engaging and creative learning opportunities through stimulating, purposeful and bespoke ways. Lauren is passionate about outdoor learning, drawing inspiration from the natural world and embedding it within the learning.

Krishnamurti’s Teaching

Inwoods is a Krishnamurti School and at the core of what we offer is a connection to his teachings.

Krishnamurti (1895-1986) had a passion for inquiry and the pursuit of truth. His numerous books explore the nature of human consciousness and the possibility of its transformation through inquiry and insight. Krishnamurti engaged in dialogue with many modern thinkers, commentators, politicians and scientists, including Aldous Huxley, Iris Murdoch, Ivan Illich, Bernard Levin, Indira Gandhi, and David Bohm. He maintained that if young people learn to see how they are conditioned by race, nationality, religion, tradition and beliefs, they will discover for themselves how to be fully intelligent human beings.

Concerning the education in his schools, Krishnamurti said, ‘We are learning together. That is real cooperation, that is real community. That demands natural affection, care, attention.’

Inwoods Small School is one of four projects of Krishnamurti Foundation Trust (KFT), the legal entity responsible for the school. The other projects are Brockwood Park School, the Foundation, and The Krishnamurti Centre.

Portrait of Krishnamurti
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Krishnamurti’s Teaching

Inwoods is a Krishnamurti School and at the core of what we offer is a connection to his teachings.

Krishnamurti (1895-1986) had a passion for inquiry and the pursuit of truth. His numerous books explore the nature of human consciousness and the possibility of its transformation through inquiry and insight. Krishnamurti engaged in dialogue with many modern thinkers, commentators, politicians and scientists, including Aldous Huxley, Iris Murdoch, Ivan Illich, Bernard Levin, Indira Gandhi, and David Bohm. He maintained that if young people learn to see how they are conditioned by race, nationality, religion, tradition and beliefs, they will discover for themselves how to be fully intelligent human beings.

Concerning the education in his schools, Krishnamurti said, ‘We are learning together. That is real cooperation, that is real community. That demands natural affection, care, attention.’

Inwoods Small School is one of four projects of Krishnamurti Foundation Trust (KFT), the legal entity responsible for the school. The other projects are Brockwood Park School, the Foundation, and The Krishnamurti Centre.

Approach of the Curriculum

At Inwoods, the children are grouped according to both their age and developmental need, to ensure all children receive the appropriate level of both support and challenge. For some lessons, groups of children will be given separate activities according to need, whilst in others the children will be together and the activities themselves will be differentiated. We also have regular sessions with the whole school in order to build a strong sense of the school community.

The small class sizes allow for an informal, intimate and friendly atmosphere. 

The small class sizes allow for an informal, intimate and friendly atmosphere in the classroom which fosters close personal relationships between each teacher and child, and between the children themselves. To facilitate this, class group sizes don’t exceed 10, although there are also opportunities for larger group activities including singing, sport, drama, nature walks, etc.

Our aim is to encourage a spirit of inquiry and enthusiasm for learning, by helping the children to develop their academic competence within the whole context of their social, emotional and physical development. Learning is seen as a continuous, natural process, taking place in a friendly, almost family-like atmosphere. We use the British National Curriculum as a framework from which our planning arises, whilst listening attentively to the individual needs and interests of the child. In doing so, we allow the space for children to grow in their learning at a pace appropriate to them, carried along with their natural curiosity in life. Simultaneously, we consciously offer and encourage challenge, stimulation, inspiration and questioning in a safe and supportive learning environment.

The school encourages the art of inquiry, self-understanding and relationship in a non-competitive and holistic learning environment. 

The connection to the natural world is very important at Inwoods. In addition to our dedicated weekly Nature Day, we spend time outdoors daily for both free play and outdoor lessons. The learning space is not restricted to the classroom, but to all of our outdoor spaces and further, into the surrounding woods and fields. We find that this deeper connection to nature inspires both curiosity and wonder whilst also deepening the relationship to ourselves and our true nature.

Stillness and the ability to listen and remain quiet are emphasised as much as open communication. Inwoods Small School is a place where one can learn a way of living that is whole, sane, and intelligent. Consistent with the views of J. Krishnamurti, the school encourages the art of inquiry, self-understanding and relationship in a non-competitive and holistic learning environment.

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A Typical Day/Timetable

At Inwoods, the timetable is carefully structured to ensure that an holistic and balanced education is offered to the students, whilst also ensuring that the key skills in the relevant subjects are covered. At the same time, because of its small size and flexible approach, it is possible to step out of the routine of classes and vary the daily programme with workshops, walks, presentations and the children’s initiatives.

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Term Dates

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General Health – Vegetarian Diet

Inwoods Small School is a vegetarian school.  Out of a feeling of affection and respect for the welfare of animals, the school does not allow the consumption of meat, including fish and fowl. We ask you not to bring or eat such foods on campus or on any school outing; however, the school does not promote this policy as an ideology.

On a daily basis the school provides a shared snack of rice/corn/oat cakes, nuts, fruit and other low sugar and salt options for which there will be a small charge.  The school has its own vegetable garden and so sometimes the snacks come from there, such as strawberries and raspberries! We cater to many dietary needs, but if those aren’t sufficient, please discuss this with staff.  For lunches we ask that a packed lunch is provided by you five days a week.

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United Kingdom
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