North London Rudolf Steiner School

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North London Rudolf Steiner School

Name North London Rudolf Steiner School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 07 May 2019
Address 1-3 Campsbourne, Hornsey, London, N8 7PN
Phone Number 02083413770
Type Independent
Age Range 3-6
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Haringey
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

London Rudolf Steiner School is an independent co-educational day school registered for children aged between three and six years. Twenty out of the 23 children are below statutory school age. There are too few pupils in key stage 1 for the report to write about these pupils separately. The school operates an optional afternoon club, after the school day has finished. The school is in a church building in the London Borough of Haringey. The building has multiple occupants. The owners of the building undertake premises management. Leaders and trustees do not employ those responsible for the safe upkeep of the site. The school is led and managed by the college of teachers. This consists of a chair and an administrator. A group of trustees manage and support the work of the college of teachers. The school follows the early years foundation stage curriculum, with agreed exemptions from the Department for Education. The school is exempt from teaching the literacy requirements and has agreed modifications to elements of other early learning goals. There are no children identified with special educational needs and/or disabilities. No children are in the care of the local authority. The school uses no alternative provision. The school was last inspected in March 2017 by the school inspection service. The overall judgement was ‘good’. The last Ofsted inspection took place in October 2007, when the school was judged to be satisfactory.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school Leaders and trustees have not ensured that all the independent school standards have been met. Safeguarding is not effective because the premises are not compliant with fire safety legislation. An external fire risk assessor identified multiple areas for improvement during the inspection. Toilet facilities were unsuitable. Guards on gas fires posed safety risks and up-to-date gas safety certificates were not in place. Leaders and trustees were unaware of the fire safety risks until this inspection. This was due to a lack of communication between them and the property’s owners. Leaders’ evaluation that all independent school standards are met was inaccurate. The inspector identified several health and safety issues during the inspection. Leaders had not recognised or addressed these. The early years provision is inadequate because : safeguarding is not effective. The school has the following strengths Leaders responded swiftly to issues raised during the inspection. They made several immediate improvements to site security and safety. All other aspects of safeguarding are effective. Teaching, learning and assessment are good, and lead to good outcomes. The curriculum engages, inspires and motivates children. Children develop a strong sense of curiosity and enjoy exploring the world around them. Leaders, staff and trustees have been successful in their aim to provide ‘a caring, supportive, creative community’. Parents and carers are delighted with the education their children receive, and staff are proud to work at the school. This is a harmonious community where children play and learn well together. They behave well and respond positively to staff’s high expectations of them. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule of The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.