Governance, Leadership and Management
St Paul’s Steiner Project I and St Paul’s Steiner Project II are companies limited by guarantee; they are governed by their memorandum and articles of Association and are registered as charities with the Charity Commission. Together the Charities provide the legal framework for the practice and development of Rudolf Steiner education. All parents with children attending St Paul’s Steiner School are invited to become members of the Associations after a year in the School. Membership is also open to staff (after a year’s employment) and other interested parties. Details of how to apply together with the Memorandum and Articles of the Association are available from the Secretary to the Associations via the School office or from the Chair of Trustees.
The Association holds an annual AGM when the Trustees are appointed and held accountable by the members for the effective governance of the school. The Annual accounts are presented to members together with the Trustees’ reports.
Currently there are seven trustees whose task is to hold legal and financial responsibility for the school and ensure Independent School Standards are met:
- Jim Sharp (parent) – Chair of Trustees, Finance and Safeguarding
- Jeremy Biggin (parent) – Health and Safety
- Miranda Nunhofer (parent) – Company Secretary
- John Hadden (external) – Premises
- Anton Dell (external) – PTFA, Communications
- Sarah Alexander – Concerns and Complaints
Mr Sharp can be contacted through the school office. The Trustees may be contacted at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trustees delegate authority for decision making with regard to pedagogical issues to the Principal. The Principal works in a collegial and consultative way in partnership with parents, teachers and staff and regularly attends College, Teachers’ and Early Years’ meetings. In these meetings, staff work together to deepen their understanding of child development and the education; curriculum development and practice. The Principal meets regularly with the coordinators for the different areas of the School, has weekly surgery times to meet with parents and represents the teachers at the Trustees’ meetings.
In addition to holding responsibility for the continuing development of the pedagogy across the School – including oversight of appraisals and assessments and opportunities for professional development and training -, the Principal holds overall responsibility for Human Resources, Concerns and Complaints and Admissions.
The Principal can be contacted through the school office.
Co-ordinators and Chairs of School meetings
The Principal works closely with the Co-ordinators:
- Early Years Chair – Sarah Newby
- Lower School – Simone Freeman
- Middle School – Jane Akuwudike
Co-ordinators hold departmental meetings, ensure mentoring and observations take place to support the work of the teachers and facilitate the smooth day to day running of their section of the school.
The Principal also works closely to support the work of the Chairs of the Early Years’ Teachers’ and College meetings, for example with regard to wider School issues such as coordinating research, development and ensuring all statutory guidance and changes are implemented.
In order to focus the school’s limited resources on the educational work in the classrooms our administrative team is small and lean. The School’s administration is done by two full time and three part-time staff.
Their work includes:
- supervision of reception
- admissions administration including tours
- safer recruitment administration
- safe guarding children including DBS administration
- credit control
- attendance audits
- triggering cycles of policy review
- liaison with statutory bodies and preparation for inspections
- administrative support for the Principal, Chairs and Co-ordinators
- First Aid
- first point of contact for internal and external communications