Kildare Steiner school is the oldest Waldorf school in Ireland, which comprises of kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, located in the Irish countryside south west of Dublin.

We are now seeking an inspirational and passionate leader who shares our Waldorf school vision, who can contribute to our story and enhance the strengths of our staff.  We seek to create a heart-centred community of teachers, children and parents who strive to engender kind hearts, words, and deeds.

“A healthy social life is found when in the mirror of each human soul the community finds its reflection, and when in the community the virtue of each one is living”. Rudolf Steiner

We wish to encourage our staff to uphold the values of true Steiner Education. We value the writing of the School Report at the end of the school year that encourages the children to nourish their trust in themselves, with kind reflections that will motivate the child to improve in the required areas.

if you share our belief in the beauty of childhood and have a deep understanding of how a child’s ability to excel can manifest through their hands, their heart and their head, come and join our family in the Irish beautiful countryside setting just 40 minutes from Dublin city.

As Lead teacher, you will be shaping our school community that shares not only the education of its children but a responsibility for the school. A lead teacher who can grow our community and strive for the rise of true culture to stimulate people to become truly thoughtful human beings.

We have committed and talented staff, happy and curious children, parents/carers who are partners in their children’s education and a hands-on. Board of Trustees that works hard to support the progress of the school.

Our ideal candidate will be an outstanding teacher and a successful, strategic leader with a resilient character and strong personal drive to grow and shape our future together.

Please note that candidates must be eligible to work in the EU or hold a valid permit to work in the EU.

Main responsibilities:

  • To teach the Steiner Waldorf curriculum including Main Lesson to the designated classes.
  • To take overall responsibility for the designated Classes, including record keeping; supervising, and assessing the children.
  • To maintain the classroom environment to a high standard and observe Health and Safety.
  • To organise Class trips, events, and festivals.
  • To coordinate the purchase of materials for the Classes’ use within the budget.
  • To prepare a list of materials to be bought by parents for their children.
  • To teach combined and other classes in the school subjects relevant to the individual skills of the teacher.
  • To support and participate in the Enrolment Process for new pupils.
  • To liaise with parents as necessary, one to one and at the Parents’ Evenings.
  • To collaborate actively with teaching colleagues in the Kindergarten, Lower School and Middle School.
  • To participate in Mandate Groups and Board meetings on request.
  • To contribute to the College of Teachers on an ongoing basis.
  • To be involved in providing cover for absent colleagues when the need arises.
  • To promote the School’s ethos, principles and objectives.
  • To operate within the School’s policies and procedures.
  • To attend statutory and non-statutory training courses as required, and Steiner training/ conferences whenever possible. 
  • To strive to be a reflective practitioner on a path of self-development. 
  • To work towards deepening his/her understanding of Waldorf pedagogy and the development of the human being out of anthroposophy. 
  • To provide guidance, mentoring & inspiring leadership to volunteers and trainees.v

These duties are not exhaustive but summarise the main responsibilities of the Class Teacher.

Your Profile:

  • Approved Steiner Waldorf teaching qualification
  • Steiner Waldorf Lower School (Primary) teaching experience
  • Fluent in the English language
  • Ability to relate to and inspire children
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with fellow teachers
  • Adaptability in the context of a small school
  • Good interpersonal communication skills in dealing with parents
  • Capacity to work with the group using creativity and initiative  
  • Good written communication skills
  • Organised and conscientious
  • Interested in your continuous learning and development
  • Motivated to contribute to the ongoing development of the Lower School and the School as a whole.

Hours of work: 26 core contact hours per week with a working pattern to be agreed upon within the College of Teachers. The day starts at 8.30 am and finishes no later than 3.15 pm, apart from the Thursday Teacher meeting. There is a requirement to assist in covering break times, attend College of Teachers meetings (weekly), Parents’ Evenings (one per term), The School AGM and Community meeting (yearly) School Festivals, and Open Days (three per year). Preparation for class, correction of work and compiling school reports is not included in the core hours.

How to apply

If you would like to discuss the role, please contact Jonathan De Andrade (Board Member) at +353 87 0690548. Applications with Curriculum Vitae to or using the above form

May  2022