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Canterbury Steiner School to close in December just WEEKS after claiming future was secure

PUBLISHED: 12:55 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:55 12 July 2017

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Bosses say they can no longer financially sustain the school on the present site

An independent school is set to close later this year, just weeks after announcing its future was secure.

Canterbury Steiner School in Chartham has long faced the prospect of closure as it has grappled with financial woes but revealed last month it was offering bursaries to new pupils starting in September.

Bosses claimed it was the first step in an ambitious growth plan as it looked to attract pupils from as far as London in addition to those around the cathedral city.

The school, which charges up to £3,138 per term, offers its own unique curriculum, claiming to consider the physical, emotional, spiritual and individual needs of each child through the learning process.

In a statement, school leader Tessa Carias said: “We are very sad to have to announce that Canterbury Steiner School is closing in December 2017.

“Although all attempts have been made to continue the Steiner/Waldorf education we offer, we can no longer financially sustain the school on the present site.

“We shall continue to teach the children who remain up until the end of the Michaelmas Term.

“The school has provided and continues to provide a nourishing and inspiring education and we would like to extend our thanks to the many parents, teachers, ex-pupils, families and friends who have so wholeheartedly supported the school over the past 41 years.

“For all those children who have benefitted from being here and have forged lifelong links with our school community, this news will no doubt be met with shock and sadness, which are shared by us all.

“We sincerely hope that it becomes possible for Steiner education to continue in some future form in Kent.”

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