The Alder Bridge Team

Our Trustees
Nick Swift
Chair of Trustees
Nick has three children with the youngest still a pupil at Alder Bridge.  Nick has a keen interest in education and how it affects the development of young people and its wider impact on society.  As a professional Engineer in the rail industry Nick has experience of safety, risk management and regulation and brings this experience to the operation of the school site.  Nick also volunteers his time to maintain and enhance the school’s facilities.
 
John Dawson
Honorary Bursar/Trustee
I have been involved with the School since around the time the property at 5, Christchurch Gardens was being purchased to open our first Kindergarten. As well as being a Trustee I have served the School in many roles, in particular looking after the finances and IT. I have served on various management groups throughout the School's history, including the original College.
 
Although I am not an Anthroposophist I have had a long involvement with the Theosophical Society, so I am well versed in the esoteric tradition which underpins the life of the School. I have an MA in Physics from Oxford University, and have worked in the IT industry for many years developing software. I have effectively taken early retirement and supplement my pension with some freelance work, mainly for local non-profit organisations.

So I am currently in the position of being able to offer my services to the School on a voluntary basis. My day to day work as Bursar includes keeping the School’s accounts, paying suppliers and staff, invoicing parents for fees (and chasing them when they don’t pay). I also produce regular forecasts for the School Management, deal with concession applications, and work on financial planning in collaboration with the Finance Group and Management Team.
  
Paul Jenkins

 

Sulafa Kaur Ghalley

Education and SEND Trustee

I joined Alder Brige School as a parent to twin daughters who attend Kindergarten. I was very moved by the harmony that live in every aspect of the school, especially between the children. Since being part of the School comminity, I have felt not only the children;s innate natures respected, understood and truly valued, but my own as a parent also. I began to feel very natural and trusting with Alder Bridge School and wanted to contribute something back to the school as a trustee in respect of this experience. 

I have a diplomain Montessori philosopy and education and ground-up experience in the full operations od an early years setting, including some work with SEND. 

Children are a main passion in my life's purpose. Find and being comfortable as your true self is a deep longing of each human being and their absolute right. 

As Education snd SEND Trustee, I wishe to preserve that truth within the vert foundations and childhood years of human development.

 

Charlotte Lynch

 

John Iveson


Teachers

Ann Morgan
Kindergarten Teacher

 

Ravinder Kaur
Class Teacher
I was born and raised in London. I completed the London Steiner Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner house in 2013. I also hold the NVQ Level 4 Waldorf Early Years qualification which I completed in 2015. I'm currently in my final year of the Bothmer gym training programme which enables me to teach Bothmer to the children. I have four years teaching experience in an alternative school in London that followed the National Curriculum, and two terms of experience in the Brighton Steiner School.
I have a deep passion for the Waldorf curriculum. This curriculum has allowed me to see child development from a different perspective and fostered my love of teaching. Outside of work life I enjoy travelling, cooking (as a vegan it’s always interesting!) as well as crocheting and knitting.

School Staff 

Rachel McCrory
Education Manager - Development and Communication
With a background in Theatre-in-Education and 6 years experience as a secondary school teacher, I first joined Alder Bridge School as a parent when my daughter started Kindergarten in 2002. I was so impressed with what I saw that I retrained as a Steiner-Waldorf Class Teacher, completing the WESTT course in 2006. During my years at Alder Bridge I have run a Parent and Child Group, been a Kindergarten Assistant, taught across the Lower School and co-ordinated the admission of all new children. As Education Manager, I now support and manage the teaching staff, ensuring that they have everything they need in order to be the best they can be. 

 

Joanne Ward
SENCO and Education Manager - Teaching and Assessment

 

Joanna Box
Operations Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead
I joined Alder Bridge in September 2013 to cover the Office Administrator while they were on maternity leave. Fortunately for me, Laura came back to take a new role so I continued as the Office Admin, on a part-time basis until June 2015 when I took on the School Administrator role on a fulltime basis. Then in 2018 I became the school's Operations Manager.
   
Lynn MacLauchlan
Personnel Officer
I've been Personnel Officer at Alder Bridge School since February 2016.
 
With a young family (Maia, aged 7 & Myles, aged 6), I very much appreciate the need for quality education, creativity & general happiness & health for little ones.
I have been a Stay at Home Mum since my Son was born but prior worked as a HR Admin Officer at the National Strategies (which I appreciate is very different to the Steiner ethos so eager to learn more).
My career has centred around HR, training/events & administration (all within education) and I'm excited to take on this new role; hoping I can make a positive contribution to how your school runs with both new and existing members.
 
Please feel you can say hi and introduce yourself as I love meeting new people.
I'm also a keen cake decorator/baker/crafter (& enjoy making things with my children).
I must confess, however, I have never mastered knitting (or decent sewing) so any tips appreciated!