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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 

  • Marketing 

  • Legal Expertise

  • Human Resources 

  • Ecology / Sustainability

  • Site Development

  • Early Years 

  • Waldorf Education 

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 & 2, Class 3 & 4 and a Class 5.  The school aims to grow with the oldest children, adding a new Class 1 each year. Our medium term ambition is to provide Middle School education (up to Class 8) and long term vision is to extend through to Upper School. 

For more information please see: https://www.newschoolcanterbury.co.uk

Development Timeframe & Legal Status:

We are a company limited by guarantee and have Charity Status No. 1180996.  All our Trustees are Directors of the Ltd Company and Charity.

The Board of Trustees

We currently have 3 Trustees. Each Trustee heads-up an area of Interest.

  • Thelma George - Chair of Trustees

  • Alan Pagden - Ecology within education 

  • Hazel Braithwaite - Operations

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. 

  • a commitment to equal opportunities and the promotion of diversity.

  • 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. 

  • willingness to reflect and learn, even in the role of Trustee. 

New School, Canterbury does not  appoint parents or close relatives onto its trustee body, to avoid potential conflicts of interest which may otherwise arise.

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 

  • Satisfactory references 

  • 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.

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