Policies and information

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Bridge Policies

See below for the following policies

  • admissions
  • safeguarding
  • complaints
  • managing behaviour, results and celebrating achievement
  • information on Thrive
  • working in partnership
  • data protection
  • equality and diversity

If you wish to view other policies please contact us.

Admission Procedure

Please contact Kath Barclay (01684 311632) regarding any queries you have about a child/young person or a group of school children you would like to come to the Bridge.

We work to an individual service level agreement with our providers. We need to have all the information on our admission form in place prior to placement with supporting documents, such as EHC plans in order for us to meet student’s needs from the onset.

For this information view Admissions Form Feb 16


Safeguarding Information

Safeguarding students is a high priority to us at the Bridge. All staff undertake regular training in safeguarding children. All staff and volunteers go through robust recruitment procedures and performance management procedures to ensure their suitability to work with young people.

We ensure a safe environment where students are encouraged to manage risks when using equipment. Students also learn about how to keep themselves safe in subjects, such as personal social development.

Our designated safeguarding officer is Sue Hornby (Head teacher). If you have any safeguarding concerns about a student, member of staff or volunteer please speak to Sue or Jackie Penfold our deputy safeguarding officer.

For further information please view our full policy, this is in line with latest safeguarding guidance:


Complaints Information

At the Bridge we value working together with students and parents to discuss any concerns they may have. A member of the senior management team is available at any time to discuss any queries.

If students wish to make a formal complaint we have forms in the office, please ask at reception or speak to Sue Hornby (Head teacher).

Students can also share their views both positive and things they wish to see different on the student voice form. These forms are regularly completed throughout the year.

Student voice evaluation form

Our chairperson Helen Attree is also responsible for investigating complaints, please contact us for her contact details if you wish to make a formal complaint.

Please see our parent complaints policy and procedure with a complaints form attached. For further information click here Parental Complaints Policy & Procedure Jan19

Managing Behaviour

The expectations we have of all students, staff and volunteers at the Bridge, with regards to behaviour, are built on:

Respecting oneself, respecting others, respecting the environment

Staff at the Bridge work closely with parents/carers to promote positive behaviour in our students. We have clear expectations and these are set out in our home school agreement.

Home School Agreement

For further information view our behaviour policy Behaviour Policy Oct 18.

Results and celebrating achievement at the Bridge

Students who attend vocational courses as part of a school group achieve qualifications at Level 1 and 2.

Bespoke students have the opportunity to gain a formal qualification dependent on their individual needs, abilities and interests. For information on the Exam Results  please click here

Bespoke students also gain a sense of achievement as they work towards units for an in-house qualification Skills 4 Learning, students are presented with certificates as they complete each unit.

We have noticeboards with photographs and certificates to celebrate the achievements and efforts that the students make.

Below is a list of ways we acknowledge and reward students for positive behaviour and good attitude to learning.

1) Feedback on daily Achievement Records

2) Non-verbal praise (e.g a nod, smile, thumbs up)

3) Verbal/Written praise and ‘Caught-ya’ cards. These work towards a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Certificates.

3) ‘Session Star of the Day’- For group sessions, the coach should identify a ‘star’ for that session. Coaches should follow this up with phone call or email home for bespoke students or a email comment for school pupils.

4) Praise phone call/email – Coaches and support staff will recognise significant improvement in behaviour or attitude.

5) ‘Bridge Student of the Month’ – Each month, the bespoke student with the highest achievement score and positive attitude in Personal Social Development sessions will be awarded Bridge Star of the Month. The student’s name to be displayed on notice board and phone call/email to parents/carers. The student with Star of the Month will receive a voucher worth £5.

6) Monthly certificates will be given out for each course for Student of the Month. The parent/ carer will be notified.

7) Every half-term students with 100% attendance will be celebrated and awarded a certificate.

8) When bespoke students as a group over the term achieve a score of 80% or more they will be rewarded with a trip out.

9) The Bridge Presentation Event takes place annually during the Summer Term.  Prizes for commitment to learning and sustained effort and other categories, such as attitude, helpfulness, respectfulness, politeness, attendance, engagement, citizenship, creative thinking, reflective learning, teamwork etc are also recognised at the event.

Parents and carers are invited to celebrate achievements of the students. To find out more information go to forthcoming events.


Supporting children and young people at the Bridge using the Thrive approach.


Every child needs to feel valued, involved and appreciated.

Thrive helps adults prepare children and young people for life’s emotional ups and downs.

The Approach teaches you how to be, and what to do, with children’s differing and sometimes challenging behaviour. As a result, children become more self-assured and ready to engage with life and learning.

Based on neuroscience and attachment research, Thrive training provides a targeted intervention. All practice is underpinned by Thrive-Online, an assessment tool and extensive action planning resource that charts progress and measures outcomes.

For further information please visit http://www.thriveapproach.co.uk or speak to Sue Hornby about how we use the Thrive approach at the Bridge.

Working in Partnership with Schools and Local Authorities

Senior managers at the Bridge regularly attend multi-agency meetings, these often taking place at the Bridge. Students education, health, care plan annual review meetings take place at the Bridge.

Working in Partnership with Parents/Carers

We work closely with parents/carers of bespoke students to devise an individual timetable for their child. The pastoral manager and other staff keep parents/ carers informed of their child’s progress through regular phone calls, emails and termly reports. Parents receive notification of any awards and certificates.

Data Protection

The school complies with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. The school has a duty to protect the information and keep it up to date. The school is required to share some of the data with the Local Authority and with the Department of Education.

If you require further information we have a detailed policy and privacy notices please contact the office. If you wish to view your personal documentation please put in a request to our data protection officer, Sue Hornby (Head teacher).

Equality and Diversity

To view our Equality and Diversity Policy please click here Equality and Diversity Policy Staff & Volunteers Jan17






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