We are delighted to share the news that we have appointed Ruth Glover to the new post of Head Teacher.
Despite strong competition, there was clear recognition that Ruth had the many varied skills, experiences and characteristics required for the role, including her passion as an educationalist and clear interest in Steiner teaching. Ruth will join the school early next year and comes to Bristol Steiner School after serving as Early Years and Childcare Service Lead in North Somerset. She has a BA degree with First Class Honours in Initial Teacher Education (Primary) from University of the West of England and has Qualified Teacher Status. She has been nationally assessed as an Advanced Skills Teacher by the Department for Education. She also has the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).
A key role for Ruth as she takes up post is to take the school to ‘Outstanding’, making the Bristol Steiner School a centre of excellence and developing the school as Research and Development Centre for Steiner Education, nationally. We welcome Ruth’s experience and passion into our community and know she will make it an even stronger one.
The Trustees have 4 key responsibilities;
- Establishing the Vision and Ethos of the School and a Values framework that informs policy and practice in the school
- Setting the Strategic Direction of the School
- Holding the School to account
- Overseeing the Financial Management of the school
There are currently 5 trustees with a range of skills and experience ranging from finance, organisational development, environmental research and Steiner Education. The Trustees are supported in their role by a paid professional clerk.
The Leadership and School Management Team
The School Management Team has responsibility for the day to day executive management of the school and reports directly to the Trustee Board. It is responsible for implementing both the School Improvement Plan and for monitoring the performance of the school. From September 2017 the School Management Team will be an experienced Head Teacher with overall responsibility for both the Kindergarten and the Primary School, the Business Manager, and a Senior Manager with responsibility for ensuring the quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in line with Ofsted requirements as well as Safeguarding.
The College is a unique and critical element within every Steiner school. It is a voluntary group and meets weekly. At the Bristol Steiner School it holds in mind the spiritual and education needs of both teachers and pupils, with a strong commitment to a sense of community which infuses all that the school does. It provides a forum for all staff who wish to participate in which they can make a meaningful contribution to the life of the school community. It is not directly involved in operational decision making but is consulted on key developments of the school and is instrumental in ensuring the work of the School Management Team is effectively supported. It contributes thinking to develop the ethos which the Trustees can build on; it meets to develop a deeper understanding of the Steiner pedagogy and the school’s festivals; it provides opportunities for regular child study.
The Teachers’ meeting
The Teachers’ meeting is held weekly and is a contractual commitment for all teachers. It is chaired by the Head Teacher and the Senior Manager for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. It has responsibility for the effective delivery of the curriculum, for the quality of teaching and learning, and the assessment of progress and academic outcomes. It provides an opportunity for all teachers to come together every week to think about the way the children learn, to share best practice and to collaborate in the development of the curriculum, teaching approaches and resources. Within the Teachers meeting there are separate meetings for the Primary and Kindergarten sections of the school. This weekly meeting provides for a detailed review and assessment of the pupils’ learning and behaviour which can be taken into account and responded to.
Whole School Community Forum
This forum has three purposes. Firstly it is the one place where all those involved in the School can meet together – Trustees, Teaching and Support Staff and parent representatives drawn from the Kindergarten and Primary School. Secondly it will meet as an annual Strategy and Review Forum to advise on the School Development Plan. Thirdly it can provide a forum which can think through key decisions that the school may need to make and advise Trustees. The Forum is chaired by the Trustees on behalf of the school community.