SIS Report 2016-17
The school was inspected from the 11th-13th October this year by the School Inspection Service (SIS). SIS is tasked by Ofsted with inspecting groups of schools including Steiner and Montessori Schools and their findings are reported to the Department for Education.
It is important to note that we were inspected under the new Common Inspection
Please note that schools no longer receive an overall grade. Grades are received for five key judgements and further details are given below.
The Quality of Education
We had very positive feedback regarding our SEND provision for students which was deemed good with outstanding progress made. The inspectors also found our wider and extra-curricular activities to be of a good standard.
Our quality of assessment has improved since our last inspection however, we have been asked to develop this process further and make better use of marking to enable pupils to progress. We are addressing this.
The inspectors recognised that we offer a good range of GCSE’s but they have highlighted an imbalance in the curriculum between the demands of the GCSE’s and the Steiner Waldorf upper school curriculum. We are addressing this.
The trustees, School Council and The College of Teachers will be looking at how to improve the outcome of students in the Upper School and which GCSE’s we will be offering in the future.
The Quality of Pupils’ Personal Development
This was deemed good although we would have received an outstanding grade if the points in the above judgment hadn’t been raised.
The inspectors were impressed with the student’s behaviour and told us that the pupils spiritual, social and cultural development was good. They highlighted that we offer an excellent Life Skills programme and our class camps, festivals and Pupil Council reinforced the students ability to live and work together developing their independence.
Safeguarding Pupils’ Welfare, Health and Safety
Very positive comments were made about our school’s safeguarding arrangements. For example: risk assessments, the child protection file and staff training were all deemed in good order. The inspectors were impressed that the pupils’ had a good understanding of how to keep themselves physically and mentally healthy.
However, we have been asked to improve our risk assessments for overseas trips and the supervision of pupils along with our mobile phone policy. We have addressed the latter and are working with the administration to become compliant.
The Effectiveness of Leadership, Management and Governance
After a very difficult year the inspectors recognised that the school is going through a significant re-organisation and that we are moving in the right direction to enable us to achieve a renaissance for the school. The trustees are currently looking at their responsibilities and how these will be effective.
Effectiveness of the Early Years Provision
The Early Years department was deemed as outstanding in all areas of the EYFS.
Unfortunately as from September 2016 the DfE decided that in Steiner kindergartens when a child is outside of the EYFS, we should offer a different curriculum and link it into skills that children require for Class 1 entry. This judgement was only communicated to Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship in the summer and although we have been supported by them, it was too late for us to develop a new curriculum. The Early Years teachers are already working together on this.
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The Latest SIS Report can be accessed here: SIS Report 2016