Hertfordshire independent school set to close?

A Kings Langley School could be forced to close by the government, after the Department For Education found 'continued failings'.

Wednesday, 15th March 2017, 11:51 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:09 am

Rudolf Steiner School in Langley Hill received a letter from the government, dated last Thursday (March 9), telling them the school could admit no further students until further notice.

The letter points to concerns about safeguarding and leadership, following visits by the School Inspection Service in both June and December last year.

Parents were told of the news in an email sent yesterday.

One parent, who asked not to be named, said: “I am extremely angry with the management at the school.

“As parents we weren’t aware that this was coming at all.”

Rudolf Steiner School was founded in 1949, is one of 34 Steiner Waldorf schools throughout the UK and Ireland. It takes pupils from pre-school through to university entrance.

Another parent, who also asked not to be named, said: “I can’t understand how this happened. It’s like the school don’t get how serious this is.

“We’re told the school have 28 days to appeal, but other than that the email is badly written, and has left me in such a state, that it’s hard to understand.”

The school has said it will issue a statement later today.

However in the email to parents, Tina Hobday of the school management team said: “We understand, and feel the anxiety around this latest information and we appreciate that you may be concerned that the school may be closed.

“Of course there is always the possibility that the Department for Education could revoke our licence to be a school, but we feel this is very unlikely. In some ways the school is more in control of its destiny that it has been for many months.”