School Leader Lucia Dimarco
Pedagogical consultant, trained in Steiner-Waldorf pedagogy and curative pedagogy, with 20 years experience in education as a teacher both in mainstream and in Steiner Waldorf education. Experience has taught me, that it is only when we educate holistically in child-centred education that we are serving our children and society as a whole.
The global crisis that we are all going through summons us to question the structure upon which society currently operates. It is in this questioning that we take conscious steps towards responding to the challenges that contemporary life faces. Our times call out for an urgent need to reform how we teach and invest in progressive education.
At Alder Bridge we firmly believe that as our world changes so must our teaching. To remain at the cutting edge both the school system and learning methods must adapt to keep up with the changing world. Our mission is to respond to the needs of society through the understanding of child development, of moving trends, and how we can best prepare our pupils to meet them.
Our school invests in a curriculum that allows our pupils to think, to have real-life hands-on experiences, where they learn to solve problems, to work as part of a team, and to be active in the learning process.
OUR PEDAGOGICAL TEAM
Our trained, talented, and committed pedagogical team of Kindergarten Teacher and Assistants, Class, Subject Teachers, Education Manager, SENCo, ELSA and Teaching Assistants trained in intervention, work cohesively to address the needs of the whole child. All teachers work to create a warm and inspiring environment to allow pupils to develop in an atmosphere of safety, trust, and respect.
Our teachers are talented in the arts of storytelling, music, singing, healthy (holistic) movement fine and practical arts and crafts. The enthusiasm and depth in their teaching of all subjects appeals to the child’s imagination and is the key ingredient in their learning. Teachers are committed to self-development and continual professional development, grounded in artistic practice and differentiated teaching, catering to diverse learning styles and to enable them to respond to the individual needs of each child.
The ideal is that teachers remain with the class for 8 years, allowing for a relationship to mature and deepen over time allowing teachers to identify with their pupils’ needs, goals and potential for learning.
At Alder Bridge we see teaching as mastery and mastery is a practice. Quality teaching at Alder Bridge means creating the right environment for the child to flourish and develop a love for learning that can last a lifetime.
The Alder Bridge School Board of Trustees has ultimate responsibility for overseeing the affairs of the School.
It is the Board’s duty to ensure that the school: complies with the school’s governing document and the law; carries out its purposes for the public benefit and manages its resources appropriately.
In order to do this, the Board of Trustees are required to: ensure that adequate policies and objectives are in place; support and review the performance of the School Management Team;
approve annual budgets and ensure availability of adequate financial resources; approve the strategic direction of the school; act in the best interests of the school; ensure that the school meets the Independent School Standards.