PUPILS AT Ringwood Waldorf School are moving on after eight years.

The 24 children, who stay with the same main teacher all the way through from Class 1, when they are aged six or seven, to Class 8, at age 13 or 14, thanked teacher Marika Bjerstrom and dressed up for a celebration meal at the Lantern Café in Folly Farm Lane, Ashley.

They presented gifts to Ms Bjerstrom including a quilt handmade by parents, a photobook of memories and a wooden flute sourced from her native Sweden.

Parent Roger Carr-Jones said: “Marika has fed the imagination and feelings of these young people through a range of subjects with a tremendous variety of adventures and learning. Over these years she has nurtured and walked alongside our children. “We see dynamism, enthusiasm and a zest for life in this class.”

The end of Class Eight marks the completion of the Lower and Middle School in the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum.

Nearly all of the pupils are staying on for the Upper School, where they will have a wider range of subject teachers for the next four years.