A flagship Steiner school is to close amid fears over child safety, after it emerged that parents who tried to raise the alarm about safeguarding lapses had been sent gagging letters. The Telegraph reports
The Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley (RSSKL) has told parents that it will shut down at the end of this term, following a string of damning Ofsted reports.
Parents have accused the school of attempting to “cover up” the full extent of its failings by trying to intimidate those who sought to voice their unease about the goings-on at the school.
When parents tried to raise concerns about the behaviour of Denis McCarthy, a teacher at the school, they were sent threatening legal letters.
In a letter from solicitors in 2014, the parents were told that they must agree to sign up to a series conditions and failure to do so would result in their child being removed from the school.
Anonymous threatening letters were also sent in the post to parents who raised concerns about the teacher’s conduct, saying: “We know where you live. We know your children and where they go”.
A parent told The Daily Telegraph that the school’s management presided over a “culture of secrecy” that was “rotten to the core”. “The school just tried to cover up and defend the previous cover up,” the parent said.
“There is a misguided culture of trying to protect the institution rather than protecting children. The school’s behaviour has been damaging to children and utterly appalling.”
Mr McCarthy has denied any wrongdoing and told The Sunday Telegraph the complaints “had no basis in reality” and said the school settled his claim for unfair and wrongful dismissal “as they had no case.”
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