Langley Hill Independent School is once again unlikely to meet all the independent school standards when its doors open.
The school, which is the successor to the Rudolf Steiner School, is due to open as a full-time educational establishment as a day school, catering for pupils between the ages of three and 14 years.
However, its third Ofsted inspection which took place in August 2020, with the report being published in October 2020, has revealed that it “is unlikely to meet all the independent school standards when it opens.”
In the report published by Ofsted, details can be found of the areas in which the school is both unlikely and likely to meet the standards required.
One issue surrounds the quality of education provided and the lack of adequate plans to teach the youngest children as “curriculum plans lack detail and rigour”, an issue which was also raised after the second inspection in September 2019.
The report said: “Curriculum plans are not developed well enough to show how pupils across the lower school will be given the opportunity to make good progress in every subject.
“Despite improvements since September 2019, there remain too many weaknesses in the curriculum plans and provision for children in early years, older pupils across the lower school, and for the teaching of reading and writing for all.”
Other areas the school is unlikely to meet the required standards pre-opening include, welfare, health and safety of pupils, quality of leadership and management in schools and statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The report said: “There remain weaknesses in leadership and management of the proprietorial body. The proprietorial body does not present convincing evidence that it has taken sufficient consideration of the past extensive failings of the previous school on the site.”
However, there were some areas where the standard was likely to be met such as spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and suitability of staff, supply staff, and proprietors.
The report said: “The proprietorial body has a series of appropriate plans about how leaders intend to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”
Langley Hill Independent School have no comment to make at this stage.