Lancaster Steiner School

Our Staff

Our Staff

Office Staff

Ola Mustapha

School Manager and Bursar

Ola is an experienced administrator, with a passion for figures and school administration. She has a Masters degree in Educational Administration and has previously worked as administrator at the University of Cumbria and at HMP Prison Service Lancaster Castle. She spent her early years in the UK, before a 21 year spell in Nigeria, where she studied Chemistry with Education for her first degree.
For the past 16 years Ola has been the Treasurer and Finance Manger for her local church. She also volunteers as a Street Pastor. She absolutely loves athletics and volunteers as a UK Athletics qualified coach and official, officiating at local, regional and national competitions. It has been an honour and pleasure to her to coach the last two sets of Class 5 pupils at the school in preparation for their Steiner Olympics.

Heidi Graham

Office Assistant

Heidi holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems from Greenwich University, London. She has previously worked in IT support roles at the Royal National Institute for the Blind. She also worked at Aon Hewitt in London for 18 years in IT support, managerial and training roles. She is aa qualified Massage Therapist and Aromatherapist and enjoys spending time outdoors. Heidi’s son attends Lancaster Steiner School. She loves that at the school “learning is a journey not a race”. Heidi also volunteers her time at the school.

Deborah Parker

Caretaker

Deborah is our School Caretaker and keeps our school in tip top condition as well as coordinating our School Maintenance Days where our parents volunteer their time to help out.  Deborah brings a variety of skills to the fore and helps to keep our beautiful garden and buildings in ship shape. 

Ekin Manvell

Cleaner

Ekin is the School Cleaner and volunteers her artistic talents to our school craft group, making beautiful things for our School Fairs.  Her son attends the Lancaster Steiner School.  What she loves most about the school is the musical and creative way the children learn, especially for Mathematics. 


Teaching Staff

Elspeth Mukerji

SENDCo
Co-teacher for Class 3/4/5 (Oak Class)

Elspeth was a mainstream primary teacher for 25 years and a SENDCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and Senior Leader for 12 of those years. Her two children attended the Steiner Kindergarten, moving up to the Lower School. She developed an interest in Steiner Education initially through the seasonal and daily rhythms she experienced in the toddler groups and was drawn to its environmentally conscious approach. On seeing the school in action, Elspeth wanted to learn more about its holistic and active learning, which is so clearly grounded in knowledge of child development. She became a teacher at the school and undertook the two-year Steiner teacher training course. What she appreciates most about the school is that children are given the time and space to grow and learn in a loving community.

Angela Welbourne

Class 3/4/5 (Willow & Oak Class) Teacher
Garden Explorers Leader

Angela first became involved in Lancaster Steiner School when her two children were born. In addition to being a qualified Steiner teacher, Angela gained Qualified Teacher Status with a BA in Music and Geography in 1998. For over 15 years she has been using her teaching skills in an outdoor and environmental education capacity. What Ange loves about the school is having the opportunity to work within a child centered, experiential approach to learning where nature and music are held in high esteem.

Katie Flasby

Class 1/2 (Linden Class) Teacher
German Teacher

Katie started working at Lancaster Steiner School in 2019 as class teacher for Willow Class, this year she is the Linden class teacher. She also teaches German to both Oak and Willow Class. Katie moved to Lancaster in 2008 from Switzerland to study Social History at Lancaster University. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Cumbria with a PGCE and has since worked in a mainstream primary school for 2 years, as well as doing supply work. Katie is currently in her final year of her NESTT Steiner Teacher training. What she loves most about the Steiner approach is that it truly takes into account the development of the whole child and fosters a lifelong curiosity and connection with our world.

Bregje Pinkse

Hazel Class Teacher

Bregje is an experienced member of our Early Years Team. She is currently in her final year of her NESTT Steiner Teacher training. After attending a Steiner Primary and Secondary school in the Netherlands she gained a Masters in Science from Amsterdam University. In the Netherlands she worked for a regular after school club and on moving to France with her family she became a stay-at-home, helping-hand-at-school mum. After moving to the UK she has now settled in Lancaster. Her two daughters attended Lancaster Steiner School and are now doing well at a local high school. What she loves most about the school is that everybody takes care of each other and therefore let her and her family feel at home immediately.

Rowan Brook-Thompson

Sessional Teacher

Rowan is one of our sessional teachers, teaching Handwork, Form Drawing, French and Drama. She is also a gifted playwright and writes plays which the children perform, sometimes in French. Rowan is a qualified Steiner teacher, having studied at the Rudolf Steiner Institute in Paris. What she loves most about teaching at our school is having the freedom to adapt to children’s various learning styles.

Abigail Evans

Teacher Assistant

Abi is our Teaching Assistant.  She has 3 grown children, studies primary education and has worked in a variety of child focused roles including forest school, teaching and learning support roles and has worked as a children and family support worker. What she likes most about our school is community feel and support. 

Fernando Mellor

After School Coordinator

Fernando is our After School Coordinator. Being a Capoeira player, Fernando uses Capoeira, dance and a range of movement games as an education tool with the children. 

Sara

Garden Explorers Leader

Sara is our Garden Explorers Leader. She brings with her 15 years of teaching experience both in the UK and abroad. She has occupied advisory roles within the School Improvement Team (Cumbria County Council) as well at regional level in Lancashire on a government funded initiative that aimed to skill up teachers’ practice in Global Learning. Opting to look after her growing daughter, she is now working part time for an educational charity supporting the integration of asylum seekers and refugees in Lancaster. Sara holds a BA in English and Linguistics, an MA in Language Studies and a Diploma in Teaching Modern Foreign Languages post 16.

Sara and her daughter have been involved with the school since her daughter was 6 months old, attending Rainbow Toddlers and then moving into Kindergarten and Lower School. She particularly values how the school encourages children to take responsibility for their shared world and to treat each other with acceptance, kindness and respect.

Sara joined the Board of Trustees in 2016.

Nicola Wise

Rainbow Toddler Leader

Nicola is the Rainbow Toddler Leader and volunteers her creative talents at our school craft group.  Her son attends the Lancaster Steiner School.  What she loves most about the school is the community feel and the creativity in school. 

Piano Teacher

Sessional peripatetic music teacher – currently vacant

Eleanor Stephenson

Sessional peripatetic music teacher