12th October 2018
The schools temporary closure means we will remain closed on Monday 15th October, with a view at this stage to reopening to students on Tuesday 16th October.
Steiner Academy Exeter was visited by HMIs from Ofsted on 9th-10th October 2018. The review is now complete and whilst the school has received initial feedback it is not able to share the outcome any further until the report is moderated and approved. This is the normal process and should take about a few weeks.
It is clear that the scale of improvements required, particularly in safeguarding, SEND, and leadership and governance, is significant and will require the full attention of all staff.
In order to move this process along with urgency the Governing Board have approved the creation of an Acting Management Team, consisting of Paul Hougham as Acting Principal, Aegir Morgan as Vice-Principal and Sara Stone as Designated Safeguarding Lead. This team will be supported by other members of the Senior Leadership Team as necessary, and is effective immediately.
The Ofsted inspection has identified certain shortcomings in safeguarding practices at the school that need to be addressed as a matter of priority. As a result, the school made the decision to close the school to students on Friday 12th October 2018 so that it can focus on learning lessons from this week's inspection and ensure a safe environment for all pupils.
There is clear and deep regret that the education provided to children at the school has not been of the high standards or integrity required. As such, the entire Governing Board, has, as of this afternoon, agreed to delegate its responsibilities to an independent Academy Management Committee. The school will be working with the Regional Schools Commissioner to appoint members to this board who will be able to oversee improvements at the school going forwards.