Setting & Facilities
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 our education is visible throughout the local community and is supported by the unique estate that we call home.
At the heart of our estate, Kidbrooke Mansion, built in 1735, stands majestically in excess of 100 acres of listed landscaped parkland adjoining the Ashdown Forest. Constructed from local sandstone in the Palladian style, the Mansion and its former stables now known as the Clock House, are Grade II Listed buildings with a rich history which now house our administration offices, dining rooms, Art and Design studios and our A-Level teaching spaces. Many of our school events happen in the Long Room, Great Hall and outside on the Mansion Terraces.
Our bespoke Kindergarten stands proudly on a wooded hillside overlooking the Mansion and is home to our magical 3-6 year-old provision. On the opposite side of the valley sit our main Lower and Middle School buildings along with our library, craft huts, 400-seater licensed professional Theatre, fully equipped state-of-the-art sports hall, science laboratories and dance studios. Further indoor and outdoor teaching spaces are located in and around our biodynamic status walled garden, wood yard and water gardens.
The extensive school grounds were landscaped by renowned Landscape Architect Humphry Repton, and incorporate sweeping vistas, an outdoor theatre, the afore mentioned walled garden, majestic parkland trees, waterfalls and lakes. One of the sources of the ‘Kid-brook’ is the revered iron spring, an artesian chalybeate spring which is a popular destination of in-school expeditions. It is within these grounds that we host not only spectacular school events and festivals like the Midsummer Festival and Pageant, Inter-School Olympics and the Advent Fair, but also yoga retreats, concerts, weddings, play performances, markets, and dance events to name but a few.
One of the most memorable Pageants was attended by the late Queen Mother (then Duchess of York) which alongside the children showcasing their joyful education, featured the author A. A. Milne and his much-loved characters from Winnie the Pooh, whose home was in the Ashdown Forest.
Our setting allows us to celebrate the fact that we are part of 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 to ourselves