Welcome from the Trustees
On behalf of the Trustees Council, welcome to the Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley.
As Trustees of the School and the RSSKL Association, our role is to ensure that the School remains faithful to its charitable mission to provide a safe, secure, and nurturing Steiner Waldorf education where pupils are able to achieve their full potential, academically, emotionally, creatively and spiritually.
The Trustees Council is the governing body of the School. We work in close partnership with the Headteacher, SMT and the College of Teachers to set the vision and strategic direction of the school; we approve the school’s policies and oversee the school budget.
The Trustees have all taken up their role since May 2017. Together with the newly appointed Headteacher, we are currently focused on ensuring the School develops to meet all Independent School Standards, in the context of recent Ofsted inspections and Department for Education notices [link].
As you can see from the biographies below, the Trustees come from a great variety of backgrounds, both Steiner and non-Steiner, and the council includes parents, teachers and external trustees, as well as the Headteacher.
All Trustees give their time freely and we are always happy to hear from those that might be interested in becoming a trustee. If you would like to contact me, or one of the other Trustees, please get in touch through the school office.
I am delighted to be working with such a committed and talented group of people at RSSKL.
Chair of Trustees
Governance of the School
The school is a Registered Charity (No. 311027) and operates as a Limited Company, also known as the Association. Membership of the Association is currently limited to 100 members and membership is divided into the following categories: College members 40%, Parent members 30%, and External members 30%. Any parent wishing to become a member of the Association should apply in the first instance through the Association Secretary.
As a Limited Company, the school has a “Memorandum and Articles of Association” that list the objectives of the school. These documents can be viewed by clicking the links below.
The governing body of the Association is the Council of Trustees. Trustees are also members of and elected by the Association. The Council of Trustees consists of up to 12 individuals: 6 External members, 3 Parent members and 3 College members. You can read about the current Trustees below.
The Trustees have legal responsibility to ensure the Charity fulfils its Charitable Objects by operating a school based on the educational principles inspired by Rudolf Steiner. Trustees must also ensure that all monies belonging to the school are used effectively to serve this purpose, and for filing an annual Report and Accounts to the Charities Commission. Please click on the link below for the most recent Report and Accounts:
The Trustees have established agreed aims and objectives for their work. The objectives of the Trustees are to ensure that:
- The school’s finances are managed effectively
- The school maintains and develops the quality and integrity of Steiner education and continues to develop and deliver the ethos of the school
- The school has the appropriate management arrangements in place to ensure the welfare and safety of staff and pupils
- The school complies with the independent school standards, the requirements of the charities commission and UK legislation
- There is provision of a suitable environment in which to teach and learn.
• Peter Harrington (Chair – External Trustee)
Peter Harrington joined the Council of Trustees as Chair in July 2017. A former pupil of the Kings Langley School from Kindergarten to Class 13, Peter now works in international development advising governments around the world on economic policy and institutional change. He is currently a Fellow at the Harvard Center for International Development. He has lived in different places around the world, including in West Africa where he worked on development projects and set up the Liberia Marathon. Peter has worked in the private, public and charity sector, and has volunteered with children throughout his life, during which he became passionate about holistic education and special educational needs. He has served on various for-profit and non-profit boards, and is vice-chair of Governors for a school in Muswell Hill. He lives in North London, and likes to run, sail and play tennis.
• Ed Peacock (External Trustee)
Ed Peacock joined the Council of Trustees in May 2017. Now retired, he taught in state secondary and primary schools and for most of his career was Headteacher of three state primary schools in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, and one independent prep school in Kent. Ed was an OFSTED schools inspector for 9 years, and also worked at a College of Education in Oxford before his final Headteacher post in Berkshire. During his second Headship he became an exchange Principal of an elementary school in the USA. Following retirement, Ed has been an educational consultant specialising in the management of elective home education. He lives in Oxfordshire, and spends most of his time now with family, in between his interests in theatre, sport, music, gardening and travel. He has 6 grandchildren, three of them attending the Kings Langley Steiner School.
• Reinout Koopmans (Parent Trustee)
Reinout Koopmans joined the Council of Trustees as a Parent Trustee in May 2017. Reinout attended a Steiner Waldorf School from Class 1 to Class 13 in his native country, The Netherlands. His four children attended the Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley, two of them remain there to date. Reinout has had a varied career over the past 25 years, spreading from academia, to management consulting, global finance and capital markets. He has lived and worked in the UK, Continental Europe and Asia. He now focuses on various private investment opportunities. Reinout has served on various boards and has a long track record advising boards on strategy and finance. He currently lives in Kings Langley with his family.
• John Leary-Joyce (External Trustee)
John joined the Trustees in June 2017 having been a school parent and now grandparent for 30 years. He is Founder & Exec Chair of the Academy of Executive Coaching a UK based global training and coaching organisation. He now specialises in training and delivering team coaching round the world. Previously, he was an individual and group Gestalt psychotherapist, trainer & supervisor, then later as Managing Director of the Gestalt Centre London. He has a Company Director diploma from the Institute of Directors, MA in Executive Coaching, accredited coach with the International Coach Federation and author of Fertile Void, Gestalt Coaching at Work and Systemic Team Coaching.
He came across Rudolf Steiner in his 20’s through Biodynamic Gardening, Homeopathy and the Camphill Trust and taught woodwork to disturbed boys in Glasgow using Steiner principles. His other passions are Tango, Pilates & gardening.
• Laurence Chester (Parent trustee)
Laurence joined the Trustees in August 2017. He is a qualified social worker and has a daughter, Jasmin, in class 8, who started at RSSKL in 2015. Laurence’s wife spent her childhood in alternative education she was able to make him aware of the unique, creative and positive learning experience on offer at Steiner Schools. He is passionate about music and has also enjoyed the opportunity to come to his daughter’s class to play guitar. Laurence has had a wide social work career which includes working with the Home Office on refugee children’s issues as well as representing the government on child protection issues at strategic international forums. His main work has been at senior management level and front line services within Local Authorities child protection social work teams. As Trustee responsible for Safeguarding, Laurence hopes to contribute these skills in taking the school forward towards the positive future it deserves.
• Jacob Tas (Parent Trustee)
Jacob joined the Trustees in August 2017. He was a Trustee for eight years, including six as Chair, at St. Paul’s Steiner School in Islington. His three daughters have all gone through Steiner education, his youngest daughter joined Kings Langley last year in Class IX and his son is starting Kindergarten at St Paul’s. Jacob is Chief Executive of Nacro, a charity providing housing, education, justice and health support for disadvantaged communities across the country. Nacro helps vulnerable people to change their lives and to reach their full potential by addressing social exclusion, inequality of opportunity and deprivation. Jacob brings a wealth of experience from the commercial and the charity sector. Prior to this, Jacob worked at Action for Children, as Executive Director of Operations, Deputy Chief Executive and Interim Chief Executive. Before that, he worked at The Prince’s Trust as Director England and prior to that spent many years in the commercial sector at P&O Nedlloyd. Jacob is an accredited mediator and a founding member of the Centre of Narrative Leadership.
• Andree Piperides (Teacher Trustee)
Andree Piperides joined the Council of Trustees, as a teacher Trustee in August 2017. She has had a diverse career over the past 26 years which includes the advertising industry for 12 years. She has always had a passion for working with children and volunteered for the national autistic society, St Luke’s Hospice and helped set up a holistic centre in the mountains of Sinai, creating holistic courses and workshops for children. Andree found herself naturally drawn to Waldorf education and for the past 13 years has became a parent, a Class Teacher and a member of College at RSSKL.
She has been an avid traveller for many years visiting indigenous tribes and is currently affiliated with a Rendille tribe based in northern Kenya as well as a school in the village of Isiolo for orphaned and street children born to parents with serious or terminal illnesses, in particular HIV.