A seriously inadequate and failing school in Exeter where things got so bad that it had to be temporarily closed is now hoping to hit the headlines for all the right reasons.
For many years, Exeter’s former Steiner Academy was known for its alternative educational approach which was based on the Waldorf principles.
These include priority being to educating the ‘whole child’ with a strong emphasis on creativity, nature and hands-on learning, with standardised testing limited.
Although it offered a unique education approach compared with mainstream schools, it was rated ‘inadequate’ in every area inspected by Ofsted in October 2018.
A catalogue of failings at the school included leadership being ‘dysfunctional at every level’, kindergarten pupils being physically restrained by teachers, and a lack of support for vulnerable children. Serious inadequacies were…