The work of the school is carried out by two charities, St Paul’s Steiner Building (Charity No. 1037313) which is responsible for the restoration, maintenance and events within the St Paul’s building and St Paul's Steiner School (Charity no. 1076454) which is responsible for running the school. The second charity leases the building from the first charity.
Copies of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the charities,which give the full detail on the role of the Associations and their members, are available from the School Office.
The Trustees of both charities have overall legal responsibility; they are responsible for ensuring that the charities are run in accordance with their stated primary objectives and that their assets are protected. The trustees are selected and may be removed by the Members of the Association or can be co-opted by other trustees. The trustees formally meet twice a term but in practice usually meet more often. Trustees give their time and support voluntarily. Paid members of staff of a charity cannot also be trustees of that charity and so there are no teachers or school staff who are trustees. At St Paul’s past and present trustees have come primarily from the parent body but this can pose issues of conflict of interest. The school is always keen to strengthen the governance with trustees from beyond the school but it is acknowledged that it is not easy to engage outside people as volunteers without obvious interests of the school.
Association members are equivalent to shareholders in companies with shares. They hold the Trustees to account and can nominate, elect or remove trustees, according to the terms of the Articles of Association.
Association members have powers to call general meetings of the Association. The Association membership is drawn from parents and friends of St Paul’s. The Association meets annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and from time to time at Extra General Meetings (EGM’s) when necessary.
New Association members
Each year the school seeks to invigorate and extend the membership of its Association. If you would like to become a member of the Association, and are willing to participate actively in meetings, events and/or practical tasks to support its development, we welcome your application !
Please complete the form below and return it to the School Office marked ‘Association membership’. You will need two current members to countersign your application. A list of the current membership is held by the school office.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via the School office by email.