PRESS INFORMATION for immediate release 17th March 2020

The staff and trustees of Wynstones School are currently working on and entirely committed to the complete renewal of our structures, systems and culture in order to address all underlying issues highlighted in the January 2020 Ofsted inspection.

On 9th March 2020 Paul Hougham joined Wynstones School as Principal. Paul has already commissioned the external auditing of safeguarding, finance and governance and a full curriculum review in order to begin that process of renewal. 

Statement from Paul

I am pleased to have joined Wynstones School as Principal, albeit in these sober and testing times. I am aware of the concern and distress many parents carry at this time and I trust we can meet soon to address questions and concerns, and work together towards the sole task to reopen the school.

I am fully committed to working transparently and openly with the Department for Education, leading industry professionals and the entire staff and community surrounding Wynstones in order to fulfil this task. Our work at hand is a thorough remodelling of the school to ensure robust structures of governance and accountability, a healthy safeguarding culture and a sustainable financial system. Together, these will underpin a curriculum that supports the development of free-thinking individuals, skilled in critical thinking, supported in self and world discovery, and active in their creativity, teamwork and global literacy. 

It is important to note that the school strongly disagrees with any reactive critique of Ofsted and the DfE in general, and the specifics of the January 2020 inspection and closure. This would not be in alignment with the school's journey towards renewal, an honest self-reflection of its failings, and a robust and credible action plan to reopen.

We will, over the course of the summer term, undertake a range of community outreach forums on both curriculum and safeguarding, and continue to work with the Department for Education towards the reopening of our school at the earliest opportunity. I would like to invite all those interested in the school's renewal and reopening to be part of a new distribution list for interested parents. To do this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Statement from Trustees, 28th January 2020:

The trustees of Wynstones Steiner School confirm that the school is closed while the Trustees and senior leadership team address the significant safeguarding concerns reported by Ofsted in their recent inspection on 21st & 22nd January 2020. Robust action will be taken to tackle these issues swiftly and enable the school to re-open safely. 

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Current parents are being communicated with directly by the school.

 

 

Steiner Waldorf education recognises that every child is unique. For 80 years Wynstones has focused on enhancing each individual child’s strengths with a rich, creative curriculum that carefully meets the growing child's developmental needs. We strive to guide pupils to become unprejudiced, well-informed, confident and creative young people who are responsible and practical contributors to society. 

We believe that it is not only what we learn that matters, but when and how we learn. Children pass through markedly different life stages and a Steiner-Waldorf education provides a coherent curriculum that takes its cues from the child’s needs at each life stage. Our approach develops faculties, rather than delivering information, it respects the essential nature of childhood, and encourages a lifelong love of learning.

At Wynstones we are more than just a school. We are a strong community of pupils, teachers, families and friends. Our education acknowledges the vital role of parents and other carers and we work to build effective parent-teacher partnerships. We have in our school community third generation pupils following in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents.

As one of the fastest growing educational movements in the world, we invite you to come and visit our school.

Wynstones offers a Steiner Waldorf education from pre-school through to university entrance, one of only three Steiner Waldorf schools in the country to do so. 

Get in Touch

You are always welcome to call or visit reception with any queries, our lovely receptionist Natasha Ramm is delighted to help in any way. Please call us on 01452 429220 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Tours and Open Days

We love to welcome visitors to Wynstones, and run several group tours in term-time covering every age group.

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