London Steiner School

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9 Weir Road
SW12 0LT
020 87723504
3 - 14
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Secondary Data 2016
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School Description

: Waldorf School of South West London is an independent day school for boys and girls aged from three and a half to fourteen. The school has a Christian foundation, but welcomes children of any faith or of none. There are sixty-two pupils in the school, of whom fifteen are in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), thirteen part-time and two full-time. The school has obtained exemptions from the EYFS curricular requirements for communication, language and literacy and for information and communication technology (ICT). One pupil has a statement of special educational needs. In line with Steiner practice there is no headteacher, as the College of Teachers is responsible for the educational provision. The Faculty of Teachers, consisting of all teachers in the school, oversees the day-to-day running with the help of the administrator. It is accountable to the College of Teachers which, in turn, is accountable to the Board of Trustees. The school‟s curriculum and teaching are inspired by the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner as expressed through the Steiner Waldorf curriculum. In keeping with this philosophy, pupils from the age of six are taught by the same teacher for their main lessons throughout their time in the school. The teaching and curriculum aim to recognise and nourish the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of its pupils, and so lay the foundations for mental adaptability, initiative and moral strength in adult life. The school opened in their new premises in Balham in September 2012. Summary of main findings: Since the last full inspection of 2012, the school has made considerable progress. Waldorf School of South West London provides a high standard of education for its pupils and largely fulfils its aims. Following its move to new premises in Balham, it has overcome the problems associated with accommodation within its previous venue, and provides a secure learning environment for its pupils with an improved curriculum, better teaching and excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC). There are still problems associated with the regular updating of certain policies, but the level of care provided for the pupils is strong. The staff is wholly dedicated to providing a Steiner education. Parents and their responses to the parental questionnaires were almost unanimous in their support for the school. 3 What the school does well:  pupils‟ behaviour is excellent, as are relationships between pupils and staff;  the framework of assessment has greatly improved;  the quality of SMSC makes a significant contribution to pupils‟ personal development; and  it benefits from the wholehearted support of the parental body.

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