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Successor to Rudolf Steiner fails Ofsted inspection months before doors open

 Published on: 5th August 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

The new school, which is the successor to Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley (RSSKL), is picking up where the school left off as they failed an Ofsted inspection three months before its opening. 

The report outlined that Langley Hill Independent School, which was based on the ‘best principles’ of Waldorf education, “is unlikely to meet all the independent school standards when it opens.”

RSSKL closed permanently in June 2018 and received numerous ‘Inadequate’ Ofsted ratings in the lead up to its closure. 

Inspectors scrutinised Langley Hill’s policies, procedures, curriculum content, and employment checks.

The report, which was published earlier this year, states no teachers had been employed for the school – despite being expected to open three months later.

It read: “There are no teachers currently employed by the posed school. The recruitment process is under way. Advertisements have gone out and applications have been received.

“There are no plans in place for two-year-old children, despite the school’s proposal to admit two-year-olds.”

It also states there were no sufficient plans in place to support children at the school and there was no plans for teaching classes which were advertised on the website. 

It is expected that half of the former RSSKL staff will be made teachers at Langley Hill.  

One of the main issues which is focussed on in the report is the staff which was described as “haphazard”.

They explained: “There is little reference to how there are going to be suitable and sufficient numbers of adults to supervise the school well enough. The planning for the site lacks equal precision.”

Parents were led to believe the school had appointed a headteacher through a story on the schools website when this wasn’t the case. 

The report said: “Pending further recruitment checks, the headteacher does not join the school formally until August 2019.”

Like RSSKL, the private school, which aims to cater for 600 students aged from two to 16 years of age, will charge pupils thousands per year to attend the school.

It would cost fees up to £15,000 to join the school which is part of the Avanti Schools Trust. 

A spokesperson for the school said: “We received helpful feedback and are now working towards a final pre-opening inspection in time for opening in September. We are also proceeding with teacher appointments and will be seeking to announce appointments in the coming weeks.”

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