Joss Hayes - Principal

Joss started at SAB in September 2017.

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.

Matthew Graves - Woodwork Teacher

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 currently driving forward our cross curricular Craft and Technology program, which will launch in September 2018. This curriculum will be unique to SAB and engage the students, taking them on a journey through many different crafts. 

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. Since joining SAB, I completed currently doing the Steiner Education Teacher Training course with WESTT. 

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 teaching Handwork at the Steiner Academy Bristol where give children the confidence to make and mend and of course to have a love of colour and all things woollen!

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.

Leadership Team:

Principal: Joss Hayes 

Assistant Principal / SENCO: Regan Crum 

Acting SENCO: Sophie Barlow

Literacy Lead: Rhiannon Kitchen  

Head of Upper School: Kamar Finn

Kindergarten Lead: Louisa Skinner 

Interim School Business Manager: Melissa Hardwell

Safeguarding Leads:  Joss Hayes, Louisa Skinner (Kindergarten), Sophie Barlow (Middle School), Rich Crossley (Wellbeing Coordinator)

Wellbeing Team

Rich Crossley - Wellbeing Service coordinator

Huw Jones - Wellbeing, Middle School

Bea Martinez - Wellbeing, Lower School

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, David Jaramillo, Anna Menato, Frances Savage.

Teachers and Assistants

Class 1: Larissa Dziedzan, Jade Le Lohe

Class 2: Natalie Alcock, Bea Martinez

Class 3: Kit Evans, Chloe Finn

Class 4: Lucia Waltner-Sandler

Class 5: Guardian: Charlotte Cook

Class 6:  Matthew Pollock 

Class 7:  Manu Maunganidze

Class 8: Guardian- Sophie Barlow

Class 9 : Guardians- Kamar Finn and Rhiannon Kitchen


Subject Teachers: (A-Z by subject)

Art: Kamar Finn

Pottery & Ceramics: Soili Smurthwaite 

Drama: Alice Wrench

English: Rhiannon Kitchen

Eurythmy: Hannele Greenhalgh

Gardening: Anna Willis

Handwork: Charlotte Cook 

Humanities: Peter Gould (from Easter 2018)

Maths: Emilie Graham

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

Music: Nathan Robinson

Science: Beca Lansdowne

Sports and Games: Sebastian Kalliomaki

Woodwork: Matthew Graves, Huw Jones.


Administration Team:

Office Manager: Katie Sobol

Finance Officer: Evie Roberts

Admin Assistant: Anna Martin-Smith

Reception and Attendance: Kathryn Stefanovich

Admissions and Communications: Maddy Longhurst

Reception: Alena Cliss


Forest School:

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


School Cooks:

Gabrielle Lobb, Mateja Perosa

Lunchtime Assistants:

Ian Meachin, Marta Sila, Louisa Burn, Lucyna Teszka