The school is a Registered Charity 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.
Oversight of the management of the school is undertaken by the Council of Trustees, members of which are also members of and elected by the Association. The Council consists of up to 12 individuals: 6 External members, 3 Parent members and 3 College members.
The Trustees are responsible for the governance of the school. They have legal responsibility to ensure the Charity fulfils its purpose 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.
There are 4 Trustee committees that have oversight of the key areas of Finance, Welfare and Safeguarding, Compliance and Education and which meet with members of the Senior Management Team at least once per term to ensure clear lines of communication between the Trustees and the school.
The areas of responsibility which are included within these 4 Trustee committees is as shown below:
Finance: Budget planning, Income and expenditure, Asset management
Welfare and safeguarding: Safeguarding, Staff Welfare, Pastoral Care, Pupil Retention, Complaints
Education: Educational Standards, Curriculum, Staff Development, Timetabling, SEN and Learning Support
Compliance: Independent School Standards, Health and Safety, Strategic plans and objectives, Policies and Procedures, Buildings and site maintenance
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 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.
They aim to enable the College to develop its educational vision within the current legal framework. Their objective is to support the College in its daily work in whatever ways are appropriate.
The current Council of Trustees: (March 2017)
Council Chair: Richard Moore (External): School Development Plan
Russell Deane (External): Finance Committee
Sarah Greenleaf (External): Safeguarding Committee
Ian Martin (Parent): Finance Committee, Communications, Governance
Graham Dalrymple (Parent): Compliance Committee, Risk Register
Julian Paine (Teacher): Education Committee, School Development Plan
Sabine Alkema (Teacher): Safeguarding Committee
Eva Binamu (Teacher): Compliance Committee
School Management Team (SMT)
The School Management Team (SMT) ensures there is effective leadership, management and co-ordination of all the activities undertaken by the School. The SMT is responsible for developing the detailed operational plans and supporting strategies to deliver the School Development Plan, underpinned by robust monitoring and evaluation procedures. The SMT takes key decisions and, through effective staff management, ensures that the institution operates efficiently.
Sub-groups, called Mandate Groups, are appointed to work on particular aspects, and report their findings or recommendations back to the SMT.
The SMT supplies the Board of Trustees and its committees with executive reports, draft budgets and accounts, key performance indicators, operational updates and policy recommendations. The SMT is accountable to the Trustees.
Members of the SMT: Tina Hobday (Chair SMT)– Upper School Science, Deputy DSL; Regina Walsh – Kindergarten Lead, DSL; Nicky Teensma – Class Teacher, Lower School Chair; Carol Langley – Bursar.
The first Waldorf School in Stuttgart was lead by a group of “Colleagues” (Kollegium in German or College in English), without a head teacher, and this principle has been adopted by many Steiner Waldorf Schools.
College is made up of staff who are currently employed in the school and who wish to express their commitment to the education it provides by working for its long term development. College is accountable to the Trustees.
The aims of the College are:
1. To work with and sustain the pedagogical impulse that arises from Rudolf Steiner’s description of the evolving human being.
2. To provide vision for the curriculum and educational approach created by Rudolf Steiner.
All teachers are expected to attend the Staff Meeting that takes place on Thursdays after school, in order to take part in and be aware of processes and changes in the school.
There are also separate weekly meetings of the Upper School, Class Teachers and Kindergarten teachers, to discuss issues of particular importance in those different areas.
Current Active College members: (March 2017)
Co-Chairs: Steffi Cook (German/Cookery teacher), Christopher Triplett (Communications).
Members: Smadar Bunzl (Eurythmy teacher), Tiggy Donoghue (Class teacher), Emily Gearing-Grief (Class teacher), Tina Hobday (Science teacher), Nese Martin (Class teacher), Julian Paine (HofA, English), Andree Piperides (Class teacher) Ralf Sealy (Religion teacher), Nicky Teensma (Class teacher).
Reception – Jennifer Wyland 01923 262505
Admissions – Verity McLellan 01923 271922
School tours – Verity McLellan 01923 271922
Finance Office – Noel Akers, 01923 271921
Exams Office – Pat Rosen 01923 271921
Bursar – Carol Langley – 01923 271920
Lettings – Carol Langley – 01923 271920
Communications/Marketing – Chris Triplett 01923 271934
Chair of Trustees – Richard Moore – Through the school office
School Management Team – firstname.lastname@example.org
College chair/s – Steffi Cook and Chris Triplett – Through the school office
PTFA – Through the school office
Library/ Anthroposophical Library – 01923 271923
Kindergarten – Regina Walsh and Irena Baruch – 01923 271926
Kindergarten – Suzy Brownson and Inga Lewicka – 01923 271927
First Aid – Chris Triplett 01923 271934
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Regina Walsh – Through the school office
Designated Safeguarding Lead (Deputy) – Tina Hobday – Through the school office
Complaints – Jenny Pooley – email@example.com
Pastoral Care – Through the school office