The Iona School Association: Structure and Organisation

The Iona School Association (ISA) is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

ISA provides the legal framework for the practice and development of Steiner Waldorf Education at the Iona School.

One of the founding questions at the beginning of the school in 1985 was that of finding an organizational form that would help to support appropriate working relationships between parents, teachers and trustees (governors) so that the needs of the children could be met as fully as possible.

• All parents of children attending the Iona School and teachers working in the school are automatically members of the ISA.

• Parents of former pupils and friends who wish to support the school may ask to join ISA by writing to the School Manager.

• You may opt out of membership of ISA whilst your child is still at the school. This should be done by writing to the School Manager.

The Iona School Association is a heterarchical (non-hierarchical) Community of Interest, and a legal reflection of all those involved in the school.

The purpose of the association is to represent the long-term interests of the school by holding an Annual General Meeting in which the school Governance Team (Trustees) is appointed and held accountable for the effective governance of the school. Accounts are approved and auditors are appointed at this AGM. The College of Teachers is responsible for pedagogical governance and works closely with the School Management Team.

The College

The College comprises those teachers who are established in the school and who are committed to its long term development, the School Manager and the Communications and Admissions Manager.

There are three main aspects to the work of the College:

  • Management of the Iona School Association
  • Pedagogical Oversight and the Development of the Education
  • The Open College

 The Management of the Iona School Association

This part of the meeting involves the teacher members, the School Manager and the Communications and Admissions Manager. The meeting receives a general overview of the school’s finances, prioritises repairs and renewals, discusses safeguarding and other areas of compliance, receives updates on pupil recruitment and deals with day to day management issues which are not part of the normal routine and where there is a need to consider the school’s ethos in the decision making process.

In this meeting the school managers are helped to contextualise their work with regard to the educational aims of the teachers who are, in turn, supported by managers to understand the financial and legal implications of their educational planning.

Pedagogical Oversight and the Development of the Education

From time to time the teacher members of College meet separately to discuss issues relating to children and pedagogy which may have arisen in the weekly Teachers’ Meeting and which require further deliberation with regard to the school’s ethos before a decision is made.

The Open College

This meeting first started in the autumn term 2018. It takes place once per half term and is open to all teachers, assistants, managers and former College members. The purpose of this meeting is to nurture the spiritual heart of the school and to share questions and ideas about its future development. It is from this forum that teacher representatives are able to engage with parents in the Visioning Group meetings.

Visioning Process

The Whole School Meeting in 2017 led to a group of parents organising a Visioning Day which took place on Saturday 17th March 2018.

Since then a core group have held a series of meetings with a view to increasing parental involvement in general maintenance of the buildings and fundraising. The need to upgrade the wooden building which houses the kindergarten has been identified as a priority. We aim to improve both the technical performance and appearance of the building. Parents are researching possible sources of funding for this work.

Trustees

Robert Parry: responsible for Finances, Health and safety, Fire safety, First aid, Legal issues overview, recruitment of new trustees

Martin Taylor: responsible for Safeguarding, HR, Prevent and Channel, Legal issues overview

Louise Lipman: responsible for Legal issues overview, equalities and diversity, SMC, SEND and SENco, Early Years, Nominated individual, Staff Wellbeing.

School Administration

Chair of College: Robert Strafford

SWSF Rep: Dan Early

School Manager: Fiona Stuart

Communications & Admissions Manager: Dominique Allen

Reception: Helen Fitzsimmons

SEN Co-ordinator: Eileen Hickman

Learning Support: Delia Jones/Richard Moore