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About the organisation

Park School was founded by a group of teachers and parents in 1987. It is now one of the longest established alternative primary schools in the UK, providing child-centred human-scale education. We say that we are a ‘human-scale’ school, a school where education is designed around the person, at a scale which allows for the full flourishing of the individual as well as their relationships with their community and their environment. Children are at the heart of the school; Park is built around the needs of its children. 


Teaching is at the child’s own pace and structured in a way which helps them to reach high standards. Children have a voice in the school and options and choices are available from the start. We look to seek their views, ideas and thoughts on how they learn, how the school is organised and any other matter that might concern them. Our weekly school meetings provide an opportunity for any child to raise a matter for debate.


Teaching is enhanced wherever possible by providing opportunities for the children to engage with people and places beyond the school environment. Parents also share their skills with children, offering contributions as varied as singing workshops, computer skills or reading with children.


The community of parents and teachers working together for the benefit of the children is a vital part of the strength of Park School.


Set in the historic and spacious grounds on the 1,200-acre Dartington Hall Estate in South Devon, the children have the opportunity to play and to explore. They experience and learn to care for, and to respect, the natural environment. The estate which dates back to the 12th Century is rich in history as well as being a diverse, natural resource which underpins much of the learning and curriculum at Park School.


Our mission

To provide alternative, child-centred education for children between the ages of 3 – 12 years old that will enable them to develop a strong and positive sense of self and empowerment; building healthy relationships with others, inspiring and helping them to flourish, achieve and exercise agency in their world.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of Park School, a place dedicated to child-centred, human-scale education. We are currently seeking passionate individuals to join our council as trustees.


As a trustee, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our school. Your insights and expertise will be invaluable in guiding Park School’s strategic direction and ensuring that we continue to provide an enriching and nurturing environment for our students. You will get to learn from our council and staff members with decades of experience and a real passion for what they do.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Attend council meetings (mainly remote and approximately two hours every two months).

  • Provide financial analysis and oversight for the school.

  • Develop a long-term sustainability plan to enable the school to deliver on its goals.

  • Help ensure that Park School adheres to its commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

  • Contribute to the development of policies and procedures.

 

Our ideal candidate

We Are Looking For Individuals Who:

  • Have strong accountancy skills
  • Have a genuine interest in education and the well-being of children.
  • Can offer a fresh perspective and constructive feedback.
  • Are willing to volunteer their time and skills for the betterment of our community.

This is more than just a role; it’s a chance to be part of something special and to make a real impact on the lives of our students and the broader community.

 

Most of all we are looking for someone that wants to be a part of our special community.

What’s in it for you

You will be able to make a real difference at this small Independant school. The School plays a really important part in the community, giving Children the opportunity to thrive. Balancing the accounts, while keeping the School accessible can be a real challange, however its very rewarding. There is the opportunity to attend our community events, to learn from other Council members and staff who have decades of specialist experience and there are many opportunities to network.

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Treasurer and Governor of the School - Volunteer role

Park School

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2 Jul 2024

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