A STEINER school criticised for its “uninspiring” teaching and pupils’ “poor behaviour” has now made the improvements inspectors required.

In a damning report earlier this year, Ofsted said those in charge of the Brighton Waldorf school had an “overgenerous” view of its quality.

Ofsted identified a list of problems, from bullying, disruptive behaviour in the classroom and disengaged pupils to lessons pitched at the wrong level.

But after a recent review, it found the private school for pupils aged 2-16 on Roedean Road now “meets all of the independent school standards that were checked during this inspection”.

The new report said: “There is still some inconsistency in the quality of teaching. However, school leaders have taken positive steps to make improvements that are welcomed by pupils, staff and trustees.”

The school is still rated inadequate. But headteacher Damian Mooncie said: “The judgement remains in place until the next inspection, but to all intents and purposes Ofsted is recognising that this is not an inadequate school.

“I’m very proud of the progress we’ve made. Since the last inspection we’ve satisfied all the criteria we were judged down on.”

For now, he said, Ofsted’s criticisms were “all satisfied, all met, signed off, and we won’t need to be inspected for one or two years and we can get on with the process of improvement.”

He said the school had struggled to make the transition from an independent inspection system to Ofsted.

Since the original inspection, Ofsted found more time had been devoted to subject-specific teaching at the school, “to help pupils to catch up in areas where they may not be achieving as well as other pupils nationally.”

Steiner schools like the Brighton Waldorf are controversial.

They are popular among the liberal and bohemian middle classes, and adhere to a curriculum developed by the Austrian occultist Dr Rudolf Steiner.

His spiritual doctrine covers everything from homeopathy to the meaning of life. But Steiner remains a contentions figure.

Steiner schools have a holistic approach to education. Ofsted acknowledged the quality of art, drama and music teaching at the Brighton Waldorf.

Steiner children tend to learn at a slower place so, proponents argue, they can make the most of their childhood.

In 2014 the BBC investigated complaints of bullying being tolerated at Steiner schools. These were not in Sussex.

It reported that in one case, not in Brighton, a parent complained a teacher said they thought bullying was part of how kids “worked out their karma”.