It feels like this term has been a time of consolidation following on from our Ofsted inspection in December. Having confirmed that safeguarding at the school is indeed effective we maintained our status as ‘good’. This is something to be extremely proud of, as the majority of Steiner schools have been found to have serious weaknesses both in safeguarding and in the quality of the education being provided.
It is very important for us and for the movement that we continue to deliver a high quality education. We are focusing on the priorities for improvement highlighted by Ofsted and I am confident that we are progressing in these areas. I am also pleased to let you know that our attendance has improved by over 1% on this time last year. The current whole school attendance figure is 93.5%. It would be excellent if we could finish the year with a figure approaching 95% which would be in line with the national average. The in-school mobile phone ban has also proved to be successful with phones no longer visible during the school day. Thank you all for your support with this.
We are also making headway with preparations for the new Education Inspection Framework that will be introduced in September. We are currently reviewing our own numeracy and literacy frameworks in order to be able to clearly demonstrate the broad and balanced intent, implementation and impact of our Steiner Curriculum as required.
We have hosted a number of visitors including two Regional Schools Commissioners who came to do an audit of the Steiner Academy Trust and discuss the possibilities for the other Steiner Academies. It was a good meeting and we are considered a strong school, well able to demonstrate school improvement and to offer support to other schools. With this in mind we have hosted colleagues from South Devon, Elmfield, Wynstones, Steiner Academy Frome and Bristol, teachers from the Ysgol Llanychllwydog primary school and representatives from Avanti the multi academy trust which hopes to reopen Kings’ Langley in September. More visitors due next term including the Principal of the Cape Byron school in New South Wales and pupils from the Timisoara school in Romania who are bringing a Eurythmy performance to the UK as part of the Waldorf 100 celebrations
Our classes have been busy this term both at school and further beyond. Highlights include:-
- Class 1 The Windmill and visiting Aconbury
- Class 2 Fables and their Aconbury picnic
- Class 3 10 Commandments, lambing at Weston’s and the birth of Midnight the chick
- Class 4 Class Play Thor’s Hammer and Fractions
- Class 5 Egyptology Centre at Swansea University and the beach!
- Class 6 Trip to Hadrian’s Wall and basketball tournament at Wynstones
- Class 7 Pilgrimage to Hereford
- Class 8 Mock Trial and Class 8 project preparation
- Class 9 0n the Hill in Exeter
- Class 10 Mocks, further education interviews and revision revision revision…
Upper school have enjoyed assemblies led by (among others) Jessie Norman, our MP, the Bishop or Hereford and our ex-pupil Ruth Sherlock talking about her work as a war correspondent and radio journalist. We also managed to accommodate student action supporting our older pupils’ right to express their concerns regarding climate change which resulted in a declaration of climate emergency at the council meeting in Hereford and a commitment to countywide carbon emission reduction.Pupils have taken part in workshops led by the Lila Dance group and by the Northern Harmony singing group and in both cases we were able to enjoy their efforts when their work was showcased during the evening performances. Many staff and students dressed up for World Book Day and a small group from Class 6 travelled to London to take part in the Eurythmy Festival at Steiner House.
Finally in Kindergarten parents enjoyed a lively and engaging workshop from Scott Mcgregor who challenged us to examine our parenting belief. Just a small flavour of what has been happening this term.We are looking forward to seeing you all at the end of term festival on Thursday, 11.30am start. Don’t forget that you and your child are invited to dress in Spring colours – yellow and green.The Summer term starts on Tuesday April 30th. Lots of exciting things already planned including the Class 8 project presentations which take place the first week back (Friday 3rd May) swiftly followed by the Open Day and Community May Festival the following Saturday May 11th. There may also be exciting news concerning after school activities… watch this space!
May I take this opportunity to wish you all wonderful holidays, time to rest, hunt for Easter eggs and hopefully enjoy some Spring sunshine. A number of my colleagues are attending the Easter Conference at Michael Hall and school will remain open for Upper School revision sessions that are taking place throughout the break. As for myself, I am visiting my eldest son Tom in Texas. He is working in Austin advising national and international sports teams on performance analysis and data management – amazing where a Steiner education might take you!
With best Spring Wishes