Setting

History

The School was founded in 1925 in London and moved to its present rural setting of Kidbrooke Park, nestled in the Ashdown Forest, in 1945. Today Michael Hall School is the oldest and largest Steiner School in the UK and one of over 1,000 worldwide. The holistic nature of this education is visible through the local community and the School’s unique estate.

Buildings

Kidbrooke Mansion, built in 1735, stands majestically in 60 acres of landscaped parkland adjoining the Ashdown Forest. Constructed from local sandstone in the Palladian style, the Mansion is a Grade II Listed Building which has been home to many great families over the centuries, including Lord Abergavenney, Charles Abbot, Humphry Repton, the Freshfield and Hambro families – each adding to the richness of Kidbrooke Park.

Grounds

The extensive school grounds were landscaped by renowned Landscape Architect Humphry Repton and incorporate sweeping vistas, an outdoor theatre, a folly, walled garden and majestic trees. Care for the environment informs every classroom and every lesson, most obviously in the striving towards the ideal of beauty. The grounds of Kidbrooke Park daily call for us to care for the land in every gesture of our education. Once a hunting ground for royalty, in 1929 Kidbrooke was the setting for a memorable Pageant attended by the late Queen Mother (then Duchess of York). This featured the author A. A. Milne and his much-loved characters from Winnie the Pooh whose home was in the Ashdown Forest.

The Village

Our setting invites us to celebrate the fact that we are an international community, with a culture of mutual respect, tolerance and fraternity. Forest Row is a multicultural sociable village, with inhabitants that value health and sustainable living. In the immediate area are two biodynamic farms that offer fresh produce year-round, as well as many other organisations that share a similar ethos

“I love the grounds and working environment. It is a joy to work with children who want to learn and who build confidence. It is valuable for me to be part time employed alongside being part time self-employed. I have supportive colleagues.” Teacher Teacher