School welcomes progress after Ofsted inspection, but there is more work to do
The Trustees and leadership of Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley (RSSKL) welcome Ofsted’s report following an inspection on 21 and 22 November, which shows significant progress at the School as well as areas still requiring improvement.
Under the changes made by the new leadership team since the start of the school year, Ofsted has found that safeguarding is now effective; attendance, pupil behaviour and support for SEN have improved; teachers are more focused on developing their practice; recruitment processes have been strengthened; leaders and managers actively promote the well-being of pupils; more professional boundaries have been established across the school community; and the school is acting quickly to address any concerns that arise. These positive changes now need to become fully embedded over time to become permanent. Inspectors acknowledged the work that is being done by the Principal, senior leaders and trustees and noted the “genuine commitment” to change in the wake of past failed inspections.
The report outlines two important categories where further progress is needed before RSSKL may be deemed fully compliant with the independent school standards: 1) consistency in teaching and pupil progress across the school, and 2) continuity of recent improvements in leadership and management. School leadership is now rapidly putting into effect a detailed plan to address the remaining teaching and learning issues, aiming for full compliance in the two remaining categories next Term.
The Trustees and leadership recognised in August that there was significant work to do at RSSKL to restore faith and confidence in the school and as the Ofsted report demonstrates, significant improvements have been made. There is much more work to be done in the weeks and months ahead, but the Trustees and leadership believe that the right foundations are in place for success and will continue to share our progress with the Department for Education as the School continues to implement its action plan. The Trustees and leadership are grateful to the hard work of the staff, and the commitment and support of parents and the school community.