Hereford Steiner Academy has retained its ‘good’ Ofsted judgement. Following a recent inspection (the first since the Steiner Academy was judged to be ‘good’ by Ofsted in July 2013), inspectors have confirmed that the school “continues to be good”.
Published this week, Ofsted’s report is particularly positive about many aspects of the school, such as it being “deeply committed to the Steiner principles that underpin (its) work” and, as a result, stating it has “an ethos that strongly promotes pupils’ personal development”. The report goes on to say that
“… pupils experience a broad, rich, interesting curriculum that emphasises the development of their physical and emotional well-being. The way the school is organised provides a close-knit, family-like community. This means that staff know each individual pupil very well. Pupils flourish in this environment. They are confident, self-assured and self-motivated learners, hungry to explore and broaden their knowledge. Pupils enjoy the school. They say that they have no concerns about being bullied. They feel safe, cared for and well supported.”
“From the point at which they begin formal schooling at around age seven, pupils make increasingly rapid progress and achieve well by the time they leave the school. The strong results achieved in GCSE examinations in recent years are likely to be sustained.”
Principal Stephen Holland commented
“Contrary to current educational thinking, what we see in our school is that allowing a full experience of childhood, having a later start to formal learning and an age-appropriate curriculum rich in music, art, performance and the outdoors, in no way inhibits children’s academic development. In fact, our evidence suggests quite the opposite, that having a more creative approach to all learning prepares our young people to do very well academically and actively fosters their healthy development as human beings.”
The Steiner Academy Hereford was initially founded as a Hereford Waldorf School with a Kindergarten and a Class 1 in 1983 by a group of parents who aspired to provide their children with holistic education focused on the age-appropriate learning advocated by Rudolf Steiner. In 2008, the school became the first Steiner Waldorf school in the UK to become a state-funded academy. Over the 35 years since the school opened its doors, it has welcomed around 1500 children. After leaving at the age of 16, pupils progress to local sixth form, technical and arts colleges. Many go on to higher education, including renowned universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and Edinburgh, and subsequently pursue a wide range of careers.
The Ofsted inspection report is available here, on the Ofsted website.
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