Steiner Academy Bristol is run by a volunteer Governing Body who have overall responsibility for the school. 

As an Academy, the Governors act as the Directors of the Academy Trust. Alongside the Directors, the Academy Trust has three Members whose role is to hold the Directors to account in delivering the original ethos and vision for the school.

Governors meetings

The Governors meet regularly over the course of the year:

Full Governing Body - meets six times per year. In 2015-16 the full governing body will also meet four times for pre-Ofsted meetings, and four times for training sessions.

Finance & Resources Committee - meets six times per year. The committee members are Anna Mapson (Chair), Joe Mapson, Sarah Horne, and Mark Ellis-Jones.

F & R Terms of Reference

Teaching & Learning Committee - meets six times per year. The committee members are Mark Ellis-Jones (Chair), Neil Purcell and Paul Beckley.

T & L Terms of Reference

The Governing Body

Mark Ellis-Jones (Chair) has two daughters, one who attends Steiner Academy Bristol and the other at Bristol Steiner School. He is married to Nell, who was a Kindergarten teacher at BSS for 3 years and now runs the parent and child group at the Willow Tree. Mark currently works for the Environment Agency, where he is a senior manager of the 'Energy and Emerging Issues' team. He has previously worked for WWF-UK, the National Trust, World Development Movement and the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Sarah Horne (Community lead) fell in love with Steiner education as soon as she started attending a parent and child group with her eldest son. The whole family remain involved in Steiner education and value both the education and community it provides. Sarah has recently returned to work as a specialist clinician in a regional centre at a local hospital, following some work on research projects. She combines working part time with her role at the Academy where she has enjoyed welcoming all the new families as the school opens.

Anna Mapson (Finance lead) has 10 years of project management experience, leading extensive programmes of work to deliver complex business and organisational change. Anna runs The Gentle Touch, a postnatal support organisation, and is a nutritional therapist at Goodness Me. Anna has two daughters. She attended the Bristol Steiner School and Wynstones Steiner School.

Joe Mapson (Site lead) is the Senior Technical and Operations Manager for the circus school Circomedia, where he oversees the training and performance facilities of Circomedia sites, including the grade 1 listed St. Pauls Church. He attended both the Bristol Steiner School and Wynstones Steiner School. He has two sons, Ollie in Class 1 and Benjamin who will join the Academy in September 2015

Neil Purcell (Parent Governor)  is currently a Design and Technology teacher at an independent school in Bath, where he is also involved in the External Relations Team (Marketing), editing the school magazine and supervising photography for print publications and web. Prior to teaching he gained a BA and then a Masters degree in Fine Art in Context and worked as an artist/arts project manager in Wales, Bristol and the south west. Before that, he spent 15 years in construction, initially as a joiner, before moving on to site and project management. Prior to that he worked in the fashion industry for 6 years. He has a son Rui in class 6.

Paul Beckley (SEN Lead) is an NHS practitioner with extensive experience and a deep rooted interest in children’s well-being and development; having worked in a range of clinical and educational settings with children and adolescents, including those with special educational needs, their families and supportive networks. Paul has a keen interest in diversity and of ensuring that educational provision is accessible and meaningful to people of different cultural backgrounds and educational attainment.

Emilie Poletto. Emilie is a French native who works for the language department of the University of Bristol. She used to be a French assistant at Badminton school, St Bede’s Catholic College and Bedminster Down School. She loves sharing her language and culture and is very keen on drama. She is very interested in the university widening participation program and helps as often as she can. She applied to become a governor to be able to help a state school give its children the best education and chances possible.

James Cleeton.  James is the England Director South at Sustrans. From transforming food culture in schools and communities via the Lottery funded ‘Food for Life Partnership’ to supporting European cities as they adapt UK developed behaviour change methods to increase levels of active travel via the EU funded ‘PTP Cycle’ project; James has over 15 years’ experience of working within the environmental sector leading teams working across the UK and Europe to provide communities with the skills and confidence to make more sustainable and healthy choices. In his current role James leads a team of highly motivated and skilled individuals working across the South of England to make walking, cycling and public transport the first choice for everyday journeys. James takes great pride in creating vibrant and motivated teams by ensuring all are empowered to achieve not only their work objectives but also their own personal needs for growth. James is also a Director of the Bristol Green Capital CIC. 

Kathryn Shaw (Metropolitan Academy). Details coming.

A huge thanks goes to Ella Remes who has stepped down from being a Governor this January following the birth of her third child. 

The Members of the Academy Trust

Vicki Stinchcombe has over 25 years of experience in education, including work as a deputy head, with expertise in behaviour management, emotional intelligence and literacy, and research in a comparative study between schools in Cardiff and Bristol. As part of this she completed a Master’s in Education that focused on transition between KS2 and 3. She has worked as an educational consultant for Creative Partnerships, working with schools in the Midlands to develop creative approaches to learning and the curriculum. She is also a visiting lecturer for UWE, working alongside and mentoring student teachers.

Lucy Prentice- Miller - (Education Lead) completed a degree in Theatre at Dartington, and after having two children, Lucy ran her own business in Plymouth for several years. She then discovered Steiner Education and trained to be a teacher. She has worked as a teaching assistant at Exeter Steiner School and four years as a lower school teacher at the South Devon Steiner School.

Sheila Mapson - Sheila’s roots are as a teacher in both state and Steiner schools. A qualified state-school English teacher, she taught for 9 years at the independent Bristol Steiner School as an Upper School English teacher, a class teacher and Chair of the College of Teachers. She was also the GCSE exam co-ordinator. She worked for 8 years she worked as the Practice Manager and Trust Administrator at St. Luke's Medical Centre (Stroud). She is currently working at St. Christopher's School (Bristol), a Steiner school for children with special needs.

Founding Directors

The founding directors of the Academy Trust were:

Mark Ellis-Jones

Joe Evans

Kamar Finn-Weirkus

Sarah Horne

Anna Mapson

Joe Mapson

Dr Phil Wright

Tara Young




Statutory member and governor information 2015/16.