Steiner build­ings up for auc­tion

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Heading To The Wild - By Joe Wright jwright@thek­m­ @joe_wright98

A soon-to-be-closed school is ex­pected to sell for more than £1.5m when it goes un­der the ham­mer this month.

The Can­ter­bury Steiner in Chartham, which will shut its doors for the last time this De­cem­ber, is ex­pected to at­tract a lot of in­ter­est at auc­tion.

The 4.4 acre Gar­linge Green site in­cludes a theatre, bas­ket­ball court, wood­work build­ing, class­room blocks, main house and The Oast House.

Kevin Gil­bert, from land and prop­erty auc­tion­eers Clive Em­son, said the site was sure to in­ter­est de­vel­op­ers and in­vestors.

Founded in 1976, the £2,800-a-term school of­fers the unique ed­u­ca­tional style of Ru­dolph Steiner whose ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion was to in­spire imag­i­na­tion. The school’s fu­ture was thrown into doubt ear­lier this year amid a fund­ing cri­sis as pupil num­bers tum­bled from 130 to 90 in just four years.

But it was seem­ingly given new lease of life in May when a mys­tery in­vestor came for­ward with long-term fund­ing. How­ever, in a U-turn six weeks later, Fri­day, De­cem­ber 15 was an­nounced as the clos­ing date.

After the an­nounce­ment act­ing head teacher Tessa Carias said: “Al­though at­tempts have been made to con­tinue the Steiner/wal­dorf ed­u­ca­tion we of­fer, we can no longer fi­nan­cially sus­tain the school on the present site.

“The school has pro­vided 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 us over the past 41 years.”

The school will go up for auc­tion on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30 at the Clive Em­son con­fer­ence cen­tre in Detling.

Tessa Carias is act­ing head teacher of the Steiner school

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