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. 

Finance & Resources Committee - meets six times per year. The committee members are Anna Mapson (Chair), Joe Mapson, James Cleeton 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), Anna Mapson, Emilie Poletto and Paul Beckley. Associate Governors (in advisory role) Peter de Keyser, Kamar Finn Wierkus and Lesley Smollen.

T & L Terms of Reference

Record of Governors attendance at meetings 2016/17

The Governing Body

Mark Ellis-Jones - Chair. Mark has two daughters at Steiner Academy Bristol. He is married to Nell, who was a Kindergarten teacher at BSS for 3 years and here for a year, 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.

Anna Mapson - Vice Chair. Anna 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, one at Steiner Academy Bristol. She attended the Bristol Steiner School and Wynstones Steiner School.

Joe Mapson - Joe 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 and Benjamin who attend this school.

Paul Beckley - Paul 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. 

Parent Governors 2017/18

Laura Watson - Laura is a Sister in an intensive care unit, after training as a children's nurse. She is completing a post graduate certificate in post registration education. 

Laura has 2 children, 1 daughter who attends Steiner academy and a son who will be coming to the parent and child group. 

When she's not working, she enjoys spending time in the garden with her family. 

Andrea Cullen (biog to follow)



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.