Our Ethos


The ethos of Kilmacow Montessori School is grounded in the Montessori philosophy. The Montessori Method of education was developed by Italy’s first female doctor, Maria Montessori, over a century ago and was based on her own observations of children. Her belief in the potential and uniqueness of children empowered her to develop an educational approach that emphasised the importance of the development of self-esteem. She believed education to be a preparation for life, and not a search for intellectual goals.


At Kilmacow Montessori School we encourage children to develop their own individual abilities in a carefully prepared environment that is true to the teachings of Maria Montessori. In the world of Montessori, children direct their own learning with the teachers playing a supporting role in their education.


Visitors often comment on the independence, confidence, and happiness of our students. Our approach is holistic, child centred and inclusive, with a profound respect for children and an understanding of what children are capable of. Our ethos promotes enthusiasm, a love of learning, and enables children to realise their full potential.


Maria Montessori believed all children are custodians of the planet and should be encouraged to have respect for the world around them. This ethos remains relevant over a century later.


“To understand the needs of the child and to supply these so that his/her life develops fully.

That is the aim underlying my method”.
– Maria Montessori