We are inviting applications from potential Trustees
We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board. To complement the skills of our existing Board we need Trustees with knowledge of one or more of the following:
About New School, Canterbury
New School, Canterbury will provide a rigorous, pioneering education inspired by the internationally recognised Waldorf curriculum.
New School inspires a love of learning and has each child's well being at its heart. We nurture creative, compassionate, critical thinkers ready to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities in our changing world.
We have an upcoming Class 1 and 2, a Class 3 and a Class 4/5. 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
Paul Baxter – Financial Management
Andrew Bax – Financial Auditing
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 formally twice a term but meet informally more often during this early stage of the school's life. It would reasonable to expect
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
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. 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 generally appoint parents or close relatives onto its trustee body, to avoid potential conflicts of interest which may otherwise arise; however, we may exceptionally consider doing so for candidates who demonstrate proven ability in the skills identified above.
We ask all 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.
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 send your CV and a covering letter that shares:
what interests you about this role
what skills, knowledge and experience you can offer
what you believe a pioneering Waldorf school could look like
the amount of time you would be able to support the Initiative with.
firstname.lastname@example.org. | 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.
Rigorous safety checks are carried out before any Trustees or staff are able to join the School Team. The opportunities will close when suitable candidates are found.