Newsletter – 23rd April

April 23rd



These last few weeks we have been sharing visions and words from our growing band of prospective parents, and our invitation to visit Wynstones is now also expanded into the evenings as well as weekends. Click below to come and see us.

This week, I wanted to introduce colleagues from our growing community who are bringing expertise and vision to the school’s offering to parents and children.

Kathryn de Ferrer

Kathryn de Ferrer is our new Vice Principal for Safeguarding and Wellbeing. She joins us after 10 years of having led safeguarding teams in comprehensive schools and independent boarding schools, as well as ongoing doctoral research into progressive education. She also comes with a strong record in ultra marathons in a range of different climes, and already has her ticket booked for the Arctic in the half term of February 2022. I guess I am on duty that week!

Kathryn is part of the new Senior Leadership Team who started work on Monday, who I will introduce more over coming weeks, and who will be sharing more of their own stories and visions for the school.

Most importantly, Kathryn will be opening our doors to past and future parents of the school as part of a Listening Spaces project, that will be a core element of our collective support for children’s wellbeing across our community.

Jojo Mehta

Jojo Mehta is an alumna of the school, and co-founded Stop Ecocide in 2017, alongside barrister and legal pioneer the late Polly Higgins, to support the establishment of ecocide as a crime at the International Criminal Court. This video is part of our Alumni Series exploring the many and myriad journeys that graduates from the school take into world, and Jojo clearly demonstrates and communicates the value of versatility and presence, and makes a strong case for the role of imagination in an education for the future. Click on Jojo and Paul above to play the video.

Next week we’ll be introducing you to some of our Board of Trustees. These esteemed individuals have stepped forward to steer Wynstones renewal and ensure that in achieving best practice across governance, leadership, teaching, safeguarding and SEND we are allowing the potential of a progressive and professional Waldorf education to truly reveal itself, and enable its students to thrive.

And finally…. a few parents have asked this last week if it is ok to bring children onsite when they look around, and that’s a clear yes. For some of those who have visited already with their parents, we have on occasion shot a few hoops together, and whilst my height is an advantage, I don’t always acquit myself too well. My own learning curve.

All best wishes,