Steiner Academy Bristol Receives Termination Warning Notice

Steiner Academy Bristol:

A Steiner school in Bristol judged inadequate in all areas, has received a termination warning notice from Lisa Mannall, the regional schools commissioner for the south west of England.

An Ofsted inspection on the 26 November 2018, found that safeguarding was not effective, with children being exposed to ‘avoidable risk of harm’. It also said that ‘Physical intervention is used unnecessarily.’

Ofsted also found that the school’s curriculum was ‘not taught well’ and pupils with special educational needs or disabilities make ‘insufficient’ progress. Children with Send were not accessing the curriculum because teaching did not address their learning needs.

The governing body of the school is challenging the ruling having appointed Irwin Mitchell LLP. It says the judgements in the inspection are ‘irrational and show evidence of apparent bias. It is calling for the inspection to be quashed with a Crowdfunding appeal towards the legal action having collected £17,080 so far.

Lisa Mannall, in the termination letter writes: ‘On the basis of the evidence provided by Ofsted, I am now issuing this TerminationWarning Notice because I do not have confidence that the Trust is able to rapidly and sustainably improve the academy’s systems of governance and management,and educational standards. I am therefore minded to terminate the funding agreement of the academy and transfer the school to a strong multi-academy trust that can provide the capacity for continued improvement.’

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