Governance and Management of the School
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.
The trustees are volunteers who provide strategic leadership and accountability to the school. They hold legal and financial responsibility and ensure Independent School Standards are met. The trustees work to make the school successful setting the right strategic direction and enabling an effective Pedagogical and Administrative management team to deliver it. It is about agreeing priorities and monitoring progress towards them. It is not about running or managing the school – that is the job of the paid professionals.
Working as a team, the trustees give their time to support and challenge the leadership team as they strive for the best possible education, learning environment and future prospects for the children in our school. They aim to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance in terms of the education and financial performance at St Paul’s.
The trustees meet at least twice a term in the evenings. Details of the trustees of St Paul’s Steiner School including emails can be found here.
All emails are confidential. Alternatively, you can write to:
Chair of the Trustees
St Paul’s Steiner School
1 St Paul’s Road
Trustees are proposed by the St Paul’s Steiner Project Association members or can be co-opted by the existing trustees and then ratified at the next AGM. If you are are interested in becoming a trustee and have skills which may support a particular role please feel free to speak to any of the current trustees.
Trustee roles include:
PTFA / Association
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.
The Trustees delegate authority for decision making with regard to pedagogical issues to College. It is the central task of College to maintain the integrity of St Paul’s Steiner School as a Steiner Waldorf School.
College works in a collegial and consultative way in partnership with teachers and staff. College has the responsibility for pedagogical management and the development of the education. It is responsible for the effective pedagogical management of the school but has chosen to delegate the day to day tasks to the following departments within the school. These departments meet regularly and report to College.
To contact college please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Years Meeting and Teachers Meeting
In these meetings, teachers work together to deepen their understanding of child development and the education; curriculum development and practice. This includes planning, trips and outings, festivals preparation and child study. These meetings also support weekly planning and assessment meetings held by Early Years, Classes I – III, IV and V, and the Middle School.
Staff Development Group
The Staff Development Group holds responsibility for Human Resources; recruitment and oversees mentoring, advising, appraisals, and opportunities for professional development and training. This group liaises with College, Early Years and Teachers Meeting and meets weekly with administration.
St Paul’s Steiner School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Safeguarding Group meets weekly.
Safeguarding Lead: Tamara Allen
Deputy Lead for the school: Anna Retsler
Deputy Lead for Early Years: Elena Oliver Andres
To contact the HR or Safeguarding group please email: email@example.com
The Communication Group meets regularly and has weekly surgery times to meet with parents and staff. It holds the heart of communication for the wider community of the school. All queries, concerns and complaints will be delegated to relevant areas and processed according to relevant school policies.
To contact the Communication group and make an appointment please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Paul’s Community Group (SPCG)
Communication between the SPCG and College takes place through the College representatives. It is a fruitful forum for sharing ideas about fundraising and other projects.
College also appoints the school’s representative on the Council of the Fellowship of Steiner Waldorf Schools in the UK. http://www.steinerwaldorf.org/
The Bursar – Helen Smither
The Bursar’s work includes:
- supervision of facilities management and administration
- credit control
- financial policy and funding
You can email the Bursar at email@example.com
Administration Manager – Tamara Allen
- admissions administration including tours
- safer recruitment administration
- safeguarding children including DBS administration
- 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
You can email the Administration Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org