The Steiner Academy Hereford

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Much Dewchurch
3 - 16
Academy sponsor led mainstream
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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The Steiner Academy opened in 2008 and was the first publicly- funded Steiner school in England. It is a smaller-than-average-sized school and caters for pupils aged 3 to 16 years. Children within the Early Years Foundation Stage and those within Year 1 are educated in the academy’s kindergarten. From ages 7 to approximately 14 years they are taught mainly by the same class teacher, from age 14 to 16 they are taught by a range of specialist teachers. The academy follows the Steiner curriculum and approach, focusing on the needs of the whole child, including their emotional, social, spiritual and academic needs. Programmes for each age group take account of the different phases of child development but all emphasise the importance of creativity, physical activity and imagination. Children in the kindergarten follow a programme based on play and the exploration of the natural world. Literacy and mathematical skills are not formally developed until after the age of seven. The pupils come from a range of backgrounds but the large majority are White British. The proportions that come from minority ethnic backgrounds are low. Since opening as an academy an increasing proportion have joined the school later in their education. This is particularly so in Years 6 to 11. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is below that found nationally. This is additional funding provided by the government to meet the needs of pupils in the care of the local authority, who are eligible for free school meals or with a parent in the armed forces. The school receives funding for ‘catch-up’ classes in Year 7. It does not enter pupils for GCSE early or use alternative provision to educate pupils off-site. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported at school action is high. The proportion supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational need is below that found nationally. The academy has a number of agreed exemptions. It is not required to deliver the National Curriculum programmes of study. It is exempted from the learning and development goals and the assessments linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage. This means the learning and development of these children is not reported on in this inspection report. It is not required to carry out the Year 1 phonics check or to carry out the Year 2 teacher assessments. It is also not required to teach the programmes linked to the end of Key Stage 2 assessments. Although the academy does carry out the Key Stage 2 assessments, large numbers of parents have not permitted their children to take these and so data available about pupils’ achievements at the end of Key Stage 2 is based on teacher assessment. There has been major restructuring of the academy’s leadership team and teacher responsibilities over the past year, with a new Principal and a Teaching and Learning Coordinator, an Upper School Lead and a Lower School Lead being appointed. The academy meets the government’s floor standards, which are the minimum standards set for students’ attainment and progress.

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