At Wicklow Sudbury School, staff are equal to students and are members of the School Meeting (students and staff) with no more power than is granted by School Meeting. Staff are hired, elected and re-elected by the School Meeting. Staff are invested in the school, support the students in their pursuits when requested, work hard on behalf of the school but do not “run” the school. The School Meeting is the supreme authority of the school. Staff may hold Clerkships (elected) which are jobs with certain powers and duties. Most of these Clerkships can also be held by interested students who are elected.
The central idea of the Sudbury model is that every child has the innate ability to flourish and learn to become effective adults. Therefore, staff focus their efforts on the environment rather than on teaching methods.
This is an approximately 20 hour per week position.
Due to the financial circumstances of the school, prospective staff members should be in a position to work half their hours on a voluntary basis (unpaid) and half paid. All current staff members are being paid in this way, and the goal will be to raise wages as the school becomes more financially sustainable.