The Steiner Academy Hereford Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The charitable company’s memorandum and articles of association are the primary governing documents of the Academy Trust.  The governors are the trustees and are also the directors of the charitable company for the purposes of company law.

The majority of governors are appointed by the sponsor, which is the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship. In addition there are two elected parent governors and two teachers. There is provision to co-opt up to four further governors. The Principal is an ex-officio member of the Board.  Currently the governors are:

Sponsor Governors

Name Start date Relevant skills/experience Governor role
David Berkeley Sept 2015 Qualified accountant Chair of Finance Cttee
David Donaldson Sept 2013 Experienced Steiner teacher (retired) Lower School link governor on T&L Cttee
Peter Johnson Sept 2012 Independent school improvement consultant, Ofsted inspector 1994- 2005, DfE appointed SIP to Steiner Academy Hereford 2008-11. Teaching & Learning Cttee
Harry Rouse Sept 2013 Senior manager in construction company Chair of Personnel Cttee
Lyn Rushbrooke Sept 2012 Builder and also craftsman; closely involved with the school since 1983

Chair Premises Cttee + Upper Sch Link Governor

Sylvie Sklan

Sponsor Lead

Sept 2008 Lead negotiator for inclusion of Steiner education in mainstream provision and then its implementation

Admissions Cttee + Teaching & Learning Cttee

Co-opted governors

Paul Douse May 2016 Businessman; member of Chamber of Commerce  + Federation of Small Businesses Finance Cttee
Justine Lee Jan 2014 Works in marketing, communications and public relations Admissions Cttee
Niki Nakamura Jan 2015 Steiner school administrator (retired) Admissions Cttee
Clare Sibley July 2016 Experienced social workers Personnel Cttee

Elected parent governors

Sarah Rees Sept 2015 Qualified Steiner EY practitioner EY link governor on T&L Cttee
Georgie Ursell April 2016 Professional artist Admissions Cttee

 Teacher governors

Anita Roberts Sept 2016 Subject teacher
Ian Young Sept 2016 Class teacher

All governors attend Board meetings and in addition most are also members of at least one of the Committees. Governors also participate in Herefordshire Governor Association events/meetings from time to time. All governors have undertaken governor training and safeguarding training (to at least Level 1).

View the ‘Declaration of Pecuniary and Business Interests of Governors and Key Staff 2016-17’ here

The Board of Governors meets 6 times during the school year and the various committees meet usually about three weeks before a Board meeting.  Dates for meetings throughout the school year are fixed at the end of the previous school year.  There are five Committees.  To view their terms of reference etc. please click on the appropriate link below (to open in a new tab)

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