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Ethos and Aims

Newbridge School provides a specialist education for 68 students in Key Stages 3 and 4 who have been Permanently Excluded from mainstream settings.

Many of the students have Special Educational Needs (SEN), specifically Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH). We give our students a fresh start through a person-centred review. This process helps us to work with families and carers to identify an individual approach to each student’s time at Newbridge.

Each student can expect to progress with their academic learning whilst at Newbridge. Students will also be offered at least four GCSEs and various non-GCSE qualifications, such as AQA unit awards. This will enable our students to go on to further education and even start at a higher level than their peers.

Students are admitted from year seven to year eleven and are taught in small groups with a high staff ratio, usually two members of staff to each teaching group; one teacher and one Special Support Assistant. The high staff to pupil ratio within classrooms is recognition that pupils coming to Newbridge School have a range of learning, social, emotional and mental health needs. Some our students have spent a considerable time out of education. Therefore, they require a significantly higher level of support to enable them to access education where they have previously struggled in mainstream settings.

Newbridge has a very strong ethos that places the student at the centre of everything we do. We recognise that the pupils we have in our school want to do well and want to achieve. We understand that sometimes they struggle to regulate their behaviour and we aim to support them through co-regulation to learn to manage themselves so they are ready to leave Newbridge and cope in the world outside.

All our staff have specialist training to support children and young people who have difficulties forming attachments to adults, have experienced trauma and loss and who have experienced, for whatever reason, a disrupted and unstable education before they come to us. We offer extensive pastoral support and a number of individualized interventions to ensure pupils can reach their potential.

Our ultimate aim at Newbridge is to prepare our young people for adulthood and enable them to take their next steps knowing they have the skills for independent living and the knowledge and understanding to become healthy adults who can access employment and engage positively with their communities.