Lancaster Steiner School is a charitable company limited by guarantee. It is governed by the Board of Trustees. The Trustees work closely with the Educational Co-ordinator and the School Manager to enable delivery of a high quality education to the pupils of our school in a manner that meets the Independent School Standards and other relevant legislation and is aligned to the pedagogical approach of Steiner Waldorf education.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the effective governance of the school. They are accountable to external regulatory bodies such as the Charity Commission, Companies House and Ofsted.
One key role of the Board of Trustees is to develop the vision and strategic direction of our school in close co-operation with staff and parents / guardians of pupils. The Trustees also maintain an overview of the school’s activities and oversee areas such as quality of education, safeguarding, finance, legal compliance and employment.
Trustees are elected by and accountable to the membership of the charity. Membership of the charity is open to all parents and guardians of our current pupils. Membership is also open to others who fulfil basic criteria, including ex-parents and those with an interest in Steiner education. If you are interested in becoming a member please fill in the membership form, which is available from the school office.
Please find below an overview of trustee responsibilities. Click here for detailed trustee profiles and contact details.
Nina Isabella Moeller (Chair of the Board of Trustees)
Mark Mukerji (Vice Chair; Trustee with Responsibility for Human Resources, Ofsted/DfE Liaison and Quality Assurance)
Gabriella Cani (Trustee with Responsibility for Finance, Strategy and Business Planning and Marketing)
Shabnam Cadwallender (Trustee with Responsibility for Management Team, Quality of Education, Inclusion and Complaints)
Sara Nobili (Trustee with Responsibility for Safeguarding and Equality)
Dave Barton (Company Secretary; Trustee with Responsibility for Health & Safety, Premises, Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship)
Educational and Early Years Co-ordinators
Our Educational Co-ordinator co-ordinates the delivery of education in Lower School, including review and approval of policies and procedures related to Quality of Education standards. She holds a primary role in monitoring of the quality of teaching across Lower School. The Educational Co-ordinator also chairs the College of Teachers and sits on the School Governance Team.
Our Early Years Co-ordinator plays a broadly equivalent role for the Early Years Team (Kindergarten).
The School Manager is responsible for the financial and administrative management of the school and works closely with the Educational Co-ordinator, the Treasurer and Chair of Trustees.
Our School Manager is Ola Mustapha.
Senior Governance Team
The Senior Governance Team (SGT) is made up of the Trustees, the School Manager and the Educational Coordinator and meets monthly. The SGT receives reports from various committees, sub-committees and other groups and takes timely decisions on areas including finances, recruitment and approval of policies to comply with our legal obligations. This enables clear lines of communication and accountability between trustees and senior staff. The SGT also holds meetings as necessary to discuss and agree the strategic direction of the school.
If you would like something raised at an SGT meeting please send an email to: email@example.com
College of Teachers
The College is responsible for educational policy development and implementation within the school. All Lower School and Kindergarten teachers plus the Educational Co-ordinator form the College and meet together on a weekly basis. They are also joined by the School Manager when necessary. College is responsible for all areas relating to learning and teaching at the school but also takes an active role in other areas (e.g. admissions) and in the implementation of key policies and procedures approved by the Senior Governance Team (e.g. safeguarding).
Delegated Committees and Groups
Much of the day to day management of the school is delegated to various committees, sub-committees and groups. These are composed of designated trustee(s), appropriate members of staff and in some cases parent volunteers. All of these report back to the Senior Governance Team on a defined cycle via their monthly meeting or at shorter notice as needed.
The Management team is comprised of the School Manager, Educational Co-ordinator / SENDCo and a representative of the trustees. The Management Team meet monthly to oversee management of the school.