Alder Bridge School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Roll: 31 (Boys) 37 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 0-14 years
  • Founded: 1987

General Information

Alder Bridge is a Steiner-Waldorf school.
Steiner-Waldorf education provides an unhurried and creative learning environment where children can find joy in learning and experience the full richness of childhood, as opposed to early specialisation or academic hot-housing. The curriculum is a flexible framework which takes account of the whole child. It gives equal attention to the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of each child and works in harmony with the different phases of child development. Steiner-Waldorf education is respected worldwide for its ability to produce very able young people who have diverse capacities and a strong sense of self.


Our facilities include a School Hall, Classrooms, Kindergarten, Access to basketball court, Family Room, Main building offices and meeting rooms, Carparking, Woodland classroom and beautiful grounds.

Entrance Requirements

Taster Day in school and current school report.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please telephone 0118 971 4471 if you would like a tour of the school before the next Open Day


2018/2019. Sunbeams prices on application

Kindergarten (full time): £1125 per term - £2549 per term (15 hours free entitlement)

Lower school: £2005 per term for Age 6/7 or Class 1 to £2960 per termm for Age 11/12 or Class 6


SIS Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Education Manager: Rachel McCrory. School Business Manager: Jayne Mills:

Alder Bridge School
Bridge House
Mill Lane

[t]: 0118 971 4471

Location Description

The school is situated in beautiful, semi-rural surroundings in Padworth, Berkshire, approximately half way between Reading and Newbury. We are easily accessible by road and rail, being close to the A4 and 5 minutes walk from the train station.

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School News

Alder Bridge - a Steiner Waldorf independent preparatory school Berkshire

As we gather in the harvest from our vegetable garden, we feel the chill of the darker months getting closer. In Steiner-Waldorf schools we mark

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this moment with Michaelmas, a festival of strength and courage. We perform feats of courage in our woodland and turn our thoughts to overcoming our own inner dragons, finding the strength to tame them. The children make a meal from vegetables, fruit and grains, harvested and foraged from our gardens and woodland, and everyone shares in the feast.

Alder Bridge School coeducatioanal independent preparatory day school Berkshire

Michaelmas marks the crossover of the seasons, where Summer fades and Autumn weaves a cloak of leaves and mist over the earth. The evenings start

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to draw in, there is a nip in the air, and we work to bring in the harvest which will feed us through the long, cold Winter.

The children celebrated Michaelmas last week by performing feats of courage in the woodland. A feast followed – warming soup made by Class 3/4 from vegetables they had grown and harvested, accompanied by dragon bread made by Class 1/2, and washed down with apple juice pressed by Class 5/6.

Michaelmas time, Michaelmas time!

Time is turning under the plough,

Under the stars, under the signs,

The ploughman toils with deep furrowed brow.

He turns his thoughts against the cold,

Buries his fears ‘neath the Earth’s deep mould.

Frost, like fire, burns white on the blade,

Of his iron share that red fire made.


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