We are inviting applications from potential Trustees
We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board. We meet using Zoom so if you live further afield, this is not a barrier. To complement the skills of our existing Board would ideally like to attract Trustees with knowledge of one or more of the following:
Business Development / Strategy
About New School, Canterbury
New School, Canterbury provides a rigorous, pioneering education inspired by the internationally recognised Waldorf curriculum.
We aim to inspire a love of learning and to develop an environment that has each child's wellbeing at its heart. We nurture creative, compassionate, critical thinkers ready to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities in our changing world.
We have a Class 1 and 2, a Class 3 and a Class 4. The school will grow with the oldest children, adding a new Class 1 each year. Our ambition is to go right through to Class 13.
For more information please see: https://www.newschoolcanterbury.co.uk
Development Timeframe & Legal Status:
We are a company limited by guarantee and have just achieved Charity Status No. 1180996. All our Trustees are Directors of the Ltd Company and Charity.
The Board of Trustees
We currently have 4 Directors. Each Director heads-up an area of Interest.
Louise Rowley-Jones – Safeguarding and Education – Chair of the Board
Andrew Bax – Financial Auditing
Robin Harris - Business Development
Bob Harvey - Site Development and Fundraising
The Board of Trustees meets regularly on a voluntary basis to shape, discuss and consider the vision, progress and welfare of the school. Their main roles of responsibility are to:
Ensure clarity of Vision and Ethos and that our Values Framework underpins policy and practice within the school
Lead on Budget approval
Create robust accountability for the Teachers, Management Team and Working Group
Ensure that the school is compliant with all its legal and contractual requirements.
Trustees meet each month on zoom. We hope to meet once a term on site but are happy to connect with anyone who can't make it, on zoom.
The Trustees are looking for someone to who has:
an interest in education and a curiosity as to how education is developing locally, nationally and internationally, to meet our changing world.
good communication skills. People who are able to listen and who are also able to communicate complex ideas in a simple way.
a willingness to embrace our ethos and work within its parameters. A knowledge of or connection with Waldorf education is not necessary as we also value an independent perspective.
A desire to champion New School, Canterbury and act as an ambassador.
A willingness to attend school events / visit the school at least once a year.
The skills and experience to represent the Trustees in a designated role. This means giving your expertise in a specific area of school life. We are currently looking for trustee with knowledge of Business Development, Marketing and Legal Expertise / Waldorf education. We will also be developing the Oast and Theatre buildings over the coming few years and would benefit from Trustees who could support with expertise in this area.
New School, Canterbury does not appoint parents or close relatives onto its trustee body, to avoid potential conflicts of interest which may otherwise arise.
Depending on your experience, we sometimes ask potential Trustees to shadow the current board for up to two terms before being formally appointed. This gives potential Trustees the chance to get to know the school and for us all to ensure that we can work well together for the best interests of the children and the school. However, this is not always the case.
How to apply:
If you have the professional expertise or experience that could support this new school to take its first steps towards an exciting future, then do please fill in the APPLICATION FORM
Please do feel free to contact us with any questions.
We may invite you to meet us. At this meeting you will also be able to find out more about our hopes and aspirations for our school.
Before applying we recommend that you refer to the document “The Essential Trustee: What you need to know”, which is published by the Charity Commission. This document can be downloaded HERE.
New School Canterbury committed to safe and fair recruitment
New School is an Equal Opportunities and Safe Recruitment employer. All staff and volunteers will be vetted for suitability to work with children and young people, and all appointments will be subject to the following:
Satisfactory Enhanced DBS check
Proof of eligibility to work in the UK
We will also require any new Trustee to complete essential training around Safeguarding, Health & Safety and GDPR.
New School is an equal opportunities employer that values diversity in our team. We welcome applications from suitably qualified people of all backgrounds, and will consider all applications on their merit, ensuring a range of methods and people contribute to an impartial selection process.
The opportunities will close when suitable candidates are found.