Wednesday 27th May 2020

Wynstones School’s planned reopening for September 2020 is now delayed. We are currently aiming towards September 2021, or an earlier point should that become possible. 

We deeply regret the lack of current provision, and remain committed to offering a high quality, progressive and professional Waldorf education within Gloucestershire.

The school improvement action plan has been progressing strongly, and as of 26th May a new board of trustees led by Juliet Lambert (Chair) and Ian Lawrie QC (Vice-Chair) took up their offices. Their introduction to the school's community can be downloaded here.

 

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..

ENDS 

 

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. 

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