Devastating Ofsted report on Steiner Academy Frome

The latest Ofsted report on the Steiner Academy school in Frome has seen it rated “Inadequate” compared to a last inspection report in February 2014 when it was rated “Good”. This report published today follows an Inspection that took place in November 2018 and the school was rated “Inadequate” in every area.


Effectiveness of leadership and management: Inadequate

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment:             Inadequate

Personal development, behaviour and welfare:           Inadequate

Outcomes for pupils:         Inadequate

Early years provision:        Inadequate


The report points to a long list of failures some of which we have listed below. In addition to listing the schools failings Insepctors recommend external reviews take place to review how governance leadership and management may be improved and a second review of the school’s use of pupil premium should be undertaken to assess how the use of this funding may be improved. Sadly it is hard to point to any aspect of the school’s performance where the inspectors see signs of encouragement:

Leaders and governors have failed to provide pupils with a safe and effective education.

Governors and leaders have not followed the school’s complaints policy.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make insufficient progress.

Teachers’ expectations of pupils are too low.

Teaching does not build on what pupils know and can do or address their misconceptions.

The provision for children in the early years (kindergarten) is inadequate.

Behaviour management is unsafe.

Some staff and parents do not feel able to raise concerns. Leaders and governors have

not created an open culture that puts pupils’ safety and welfare first.

Safeguarding is not effective. Essential systems to oversee this work are not in place.

Pupils are not supervised well enough.

Leaders cannot explain how they have spent any additional earmarked funding in the last two years.

There is no shared approach to managing pupils’ behaviour. Some responses have been disproportionate and unsafe.

Governors do not hold senior leaders to account. They have not identified or tackled serious weaknesses at the school.

Governors have not ensured that their statutory responsibilities are met.

The curriculum does not enable pupils to acquire skills and knowledge at a suitable rate.

It does not prepare pupils for their future lives.

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