Alder Bridge School


Name Alder Bridge School
Website http://www.alderbridge.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 May 2008
Address Bridge House, Mill Lane, Padworth, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 4JU
Phone Number 01189714471
Type Independent
Age Range 3-12
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 61 (55% boys 45% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about the school

Alder Bridge School is situated in Padworth, near Reading, in Berkshire. It was opened in 1987 by a group of parents who wanted their children to have an education based on Steiner Waldorf principles. The school caters for pupils from the age of three to 11. The kindergarten has 13 children on roll of statutory school age and there are 36 pupils aged between seven and 11 in the main school. ‘Parent and child’ groups meet at the school for several sessions each week. The school is staffed by 10 teachers many working in a part-time capacity to provide specialist subject teaching. There are eight part-time assistants. The school is recognised by the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship as a Steiner school with sponsored school status. It follows a curriculum based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner and its governance is guided by Steiner principles. The school is a registered charity with a board of four trustees, and is a limited company. The Interim Management Group, with five members drawn from teachers, office staff and a trustee, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. The school was last inspected in December 2005. It aims ‘to educate the child in an holistic manner …to nurture and develop head, heart and hands, …to encourage independent thought, self confidence and skills for future life…’ Evaluation of the school Alder Bridge School provides a good quality of education. The commitment of staff to the school’s philosophy underpins the good quality of care which, together with the good curriculum, ensures children and pupils make good progress. Its provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. The pupils’ spiritual development is outstanding. Teaching is good and assessment is rigorous. Assessment information is not always used well enough to plan additional challenges for more able pupils. There has been satisfactory improvement since the last inspection. However, the school lacks a clear development plan to guide future development and help it keep track of how well it is doing. The school meets all the educational and all but one of the organisational regulations. For use from April 2008 2

Evaluation of the school

Alder Bridge School provides a good quality of education. The commitment of staff to the school’s philosophy underpins the good quality of care which, together with the good curriculum, ensures children and pupils make good progress. Its provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. The pupils’ spiritual development is outstanding. Teaching is good and assessment is rigorous. Assessment information is not always used well enough to plan additional challenges for more able pupils. There has been satisfactory improvement since the last inspection. However, the school lacks a clear development plan to guide future development and help it keep track of how well it is doing. The school meets all the educational and all but one of the organisational regulations. For use from April 2008 2




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