Joss Hayes - Principal (from 1.9.17)

My background is in art education and I have been teaching for 25 years. The passion I bring to my role is an absolute focus on making a difference to the life chances of all young people; making sure that every child benefits from a holistic education that sets them up to be successful in all aspects of their lives. As a parent of four, I approach my work with the love and attention I would wish for my own children and I value working in close partnership with parents.

I am an experienced Headteacher; having been founding Principal of Route 39 Academy, a free school in north Devon, and latterly Principal of a school in challenging circumstances. I am very familiar with the challenges and opportunities of establishing and developing a new school as well as working effectively with staff teams to secure improvement. Most of my career has been dedicated to developing and leading creative approaches to education.

I am excited about working with all members of the community during the next stage of development; together we will make Steiner Academy Bristol a truly exceptional place of learning, in all respects.

Joe Evans - Development Manager   |

I was part of the bid to create a free Steiner school in Bristol from the beginning, working first as a volunteer and then as pre-opening project manager, before taking up the post of School Business Manager in January 2014. In January 2017 I moved position to become the school

I have been working for Steiner Academy Bristol since 2013 and was one of the team who prepared the Free School bid that resulted in the creation of the school. I was School Business Manager from 2014 to 2017 and am now working as Development Manager. Before joining the school Iworked as a manager in the charity sector, specialising in developing new projects in youth, arts and environmental organisations; I have also set up and run two successful businesses.  

As Development Manager, my focus is on income generation and development of the school as a centre for community as well as education. This comes under the 'St Matthias' project.

Nathalie Alcock - Class 2 Teacher

I started working with children as a play worker over ten years ago. Since then, I have gone on to work as a primary teacher and a forest school leader. My linguistic background, passion for the arts and commitment to sustainability are skills and interests I enjoy integrating into my work. I am now very excited to be part of this new school and look forward to learning an alternative pedagogical approach to education. I am currently doing the Steiner Education Teacher Training course with WESTT. 

Lucia Waltner-Sandler - Class 4 Teacher

I am Lucia, I arrived at SAB in January 2016.

For the last 25 years I have lived, worked and studied in New Zealand. Going backwards, I spent the last 4 years back at University, studying 'Specialist Teaching' and finishing with a Master's degree in Autism. This had been a long and deep wish of mine, namely to deepen my awareness and competency in a field that would be beneficial for inclusive teaching practices. For my thesis I researched inclusive practices at Steiner-Waldorf-Highschools within New Zealand - a year of meeting and working together with amazing young people and their teachers at 4 different schools was the result of that. And to tell you, my findings were positive.

Prior to my studies I worked as a class teacher at a Primary Steiner School in the most beautiful country setting North of Auckland and before that at the well established Steiner School in Auckland city.

I have 2 beautiful children (they are in the UK as well) who are now young energetic adults !

Before New Zealand I taught at a Steiner School in the South of Germany and during my Steiner Teacher training, I specialised on Speech and Movement.

I was very fortunate to grow up in the very South of Germany, close to Switzerland and Austria, the magnificent mountains and the cows with cowbells. The winters were mainly spent on skis and the summers hiking or motor biking in the Alps. Music and dance and the warmth of my family are my earliest memories.

Matthew Graves - Middle School Woodwork Teacher and Upper School Lead.

Matthew grew up surrounded by crafts, and his passion has always been in Educating through them. Not just for what they offer as a standalone subject, but their powerful ability to work on the inner development of the child and young adult. Matthew studied ‘Sustainable Design’ at Goldsmiths University in London, where he began developing craft curriculum programs for schools.

He is interested in helping Steiner Academy Bristol Develop, not just an exemplar Crafts department, but also interested in how the crafts integrate into the curriculum as a whole. He is also interested in how we, in this modern age, introduce working with technology for Art, Craft and Design.

Although Matthew is primarily focused at the moment on teaching woodwork, and festival coordination, he is also involved in curriculum development, and is keen to drive forward a cross curricular Craft and Technology program, one that would engage the students and take them on a journey through many different crafts.

Matthew aims to introduce and be able to offer a variety of other crafts in the coming years, for example Wood Work, Metal Work (copper and iron), Jewelry Making and later a design and build module. 

Charlotte Cook - Handwork

I went to the Bristol Steiner School from 4-16. It was here that my interest in colour and all things woollen was first kindled. Handwork sparked my enthusiasm for using my hands and I’ve been hooked ever since.

After leaving school I went to London to work for the textile artist Kaffe Fasset where I spent the next 5 years immersed in his exuberant, richly coloured world. If was here, that knitting and colour was imbedded into my core.

Since then I studied Fine Art, specialising in sculpture at University and then moved on to train as an Art teacher.

I worked for several years teaching Art and textiles in Secondary schools before working as a Primary school teacher in Bristol.

I’m thrilled to be now teaching Handwork in the Steiner Academy Bristol where I hope to give the children a confidence to make and mend and of course to have a love of colour and all things woollen!

In brief... The team.

Senior Leadership Team:

Principal: Joss Hayes 

Assistant Principal / SENCO: Regan Crum 

School Business Manager: Claire Bell

Development Manager: Joe Evans

Safeguarding Leads: Regan Crum,  Joss Hayes, Louisa Skinner (Kindergarten), Sophie Barlow (Middle School), Rich Crossley (Wellbeing Coordinator), Amanda Selway (Admissions).

Wellbeing Team

Rich Crossley - Wellbeing Service coordinator

Huw Jones - Wellbeing, Middle School

Bea Martinez - Wellbeing, Lower School

Sophie Barlow - Deputy SENCo


Teachers and Classroom Assistants:


Kindergarten Lead: Louisa Skinner.

Hazel: Kayleigh Osborn

Chestnut: Catherine Dewhurst, Jess Meyer

Cherry: Ellen Simmonds

Oak: Lily Clark

Olive: Lara Rios

Kindergarten Assistants: Magdalena Palinska, Su Crozier, Frances Anderson, Chloe Baines, Phoebe Crum, Lizzie Duggleby-Swann, Chloe Finn, David Jaramillo, Anna Menato, Cal Nowell-Kelly, Frances Savage.

Lower School Teachers and Assistants

Class 1: Larissa Dziedzan, Jade Le Lohe

Class 2: Natalie Alcock, Bea Martinez

Class 3: Ellie Verey, Emily Robertson

Class 4: Lucia Waltner-Sandler

Class 5: Alex Lockett

Class 6:  Matthew Pollock 

Class 7:  Manu Maunganidze

Class 8: Matthew Dowling

Class 9 : Subject teachers only.


Subject Teachers: (A-Z by subject)

Art: Kamar Finn-Wierkus 

Pottery & Ceramics: Soili Smurthwaite / Majka  Zylinski

Drama: Alice Wrench

English: Rhiannon Kitchen

Eurythmy: Hannele Greenhalgh

Gardening: Begonia Miranda, Anna Willis

Handwork: Charlotte Cook (Asst, Alice Watts, Lauren Gunning-Bown)

Humanities: Ewan Doswell

Maths: Jonathon Swaffin-Smith

Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish):  Nina Gardner-Malchiodi, Kerry Balchin, Maru Lopez-Soriano

Music: tbc

Non Violent Communication: Paul Kahawatte

Science: Beca Lansdowne

Sports and Games: Sebastian Kalliomaki

Woodwork: Matthew Graves, Huw Jones.



Admin Team:

Office Manager: Katie Sobol

Admin Assistant: Anna Martin-Smith

Reception: Kathryn Stefanovich

Admin asst and Communications: Maddy Longhurst

Admissions Secretary: Amanda Selway

Finance Officer: Evie Roberts

Volunteer Co-ordinator: Joe Evans


Forest School:

Jade Le Lohe, Rachel Manley, Bea Martinez, Lisa Tozer


School Cooks:

Gabrielle Lobb, Mateja Perosa

Lunchtime Assistants:

Ian Meachin, Marta Sila, Louisa Burn, Lucyna Teszka