Opportunity | Class Teacher

Waldorf Class Teacher

Salary: £22,000

Start Date: September 3rd, 2018

Deadline for application: 30th May, 2018

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a young and pioneering Waldorf inspired initiative in Kent. We are a small initiative with big ideas!

We wish to create an exemplary 21st Century Waldorf inspired School with an emphasis on community, presence, sustainability and innovation. We have a very experienced and dynamic team with Patricia Blench, an experienced and inspirational Waldorf Teacher from one of America’s oldest Waldorf School’s, joining us to work closely with our teachers, as our Educational Consultant in September.

Founded by a group of parents and teachers in response to the recent closure of Canterbury Steiner School, this initiative has been running since January 2018 with a Kindergarten and a combined Class one, two & three. We are currently applying for Independent School status and aim to build, year on year, up to Class 11.

There are 30 children in the initiative and numbers are growing. There is now a vacancy for a teacher to take on a Class  in September 2018.

Ideally the class teacher will ideally stay with this group of children for the next 5 years or 6 years.


The New School, Canterbury aims to be a beacon in Kent for education, community and sustainability with a global outlook.

We live in a time of rapid change. What is innovative today will be obsolete tomorrow. Progress calls for new ideas, fresh perspectives and an abundance of imagination. Through inspiring learning, courage and joy in the children of today, The New School, Canterbury nurtures the character and creative intellect of tomorrow’s leaders.

The New School, Canterbury aims to:

  • provide a rigorous, pioneering education inspired by the internationally recognised Waldorf curriculum. The education is built on a foundation of creativity and is guided by an understanding of the developing human being; balancing imagination, critical thinking and academic excellence.
  • empower each student with the knowledge that he or she matters as an individual, so that they will have the confidence to go out into the world and fulfil their potential, shaping their own lives and ultimately our shared future.


We support the Waldorf curriculum’s holistic and immersive approach through providing opportunities for the children to experience and apply their learning.
The use of media and Information Technology is measured in the lower school. Instead songs, games, drama and stories provide a stimulus with a focus on multi-sensory teaching and outdoor play.
We have small classes of 10-15 children which allows for meaningful teacher-pupil relationships and sufficient one-to-one attention for every child. As the school grows this number will go up to a maximum of 24 per class with a teacher assistant for each class.


We are looking for a knowledgeable, flexible and enthusiastic Class Teacher who has the skills to teach a combined class with confidence, flair and creativity.
Class teachers are usually appointed on a full-time basis and as well as teaching the daily main lesson to their own class, teach subject lessons to other classes, depending on their interest and skills.
Attendance at school is based on 5 days per week from 8.30am to 4.00pm with approximately 20 hours of contact time and additional attendance required on a regular basis for planning, meetings with colleagues, additional activities within the school and parents and school festivals. A full time contract would only be offered to someone who had the skills to teach subject lessons in addition to Class Teacher activities. A part time role would be considered for the right candidate.

The successful candidate will have access to training including opportunities to visit other Waldorf schools as part of researching and sharing good practice. All staff members will benefit from a continuing professional development programme.


  • An Open Heart, Mind and Will
  • An approved Steiner Waldorf Teaching Qualification and/or proven successful teaching experience in a Steiner / Waldorf setting. If a candidate does not have a Waldorf Teaching Qualification they must have a willingness to undertake the training alongside their teaching role.
  • A State Teaching qualification (desirable)
  • A high standard of education, including clear evidence of competency in numeracy and literacy


Please email your full CV and a detailed cover letter explaining:

  • your current situation
  • your interest in the post
  • any additional skills you could bring to the school or subjects you could teach
  • more information about yourself and life experiences
  • your vision for a pioneering Waldorf school

Please title the email ‘Class 1 Teacher’ and send it to info@canterburynewschool.co.uk

Interviews would take place in early June and would include observed teaching practise.


All posts defined as “regulated activity” are subject to an Enhanced DBS check so that any criminal background (including “spent” convictions, bind-over orders or cautions) is disclosed to the organisation. We cannot employ someone to this post without this check. If you are successful in applying for this post we will ask the DBS for a Disclosure.

The position for which you are applying involves contact with vulnerable groups. It is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all subsequent amendments (England and Wales). For this position you are not entitled to withhold information about police cautions, bind-overs, or any criminal convictions that would otherwise have been considered “spent” under the Act.


Data Protection accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, this organisation will only use the information given on this application form to determine your suitability for this post and to monitor equal opportunities. We will keep application forms of unsuccessful candidates for six months before being destroyed.