Newcastle Bridges School
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
About Newcastle Bridges School
We are based at 8 different locations in Newcastle upon Tyne, each of which has a different specialist area. A team of home tutors is also part of our school.
Our school enables pupils to continue their education when they are ill in hospital, convalescing from recent illness, or when circumstances prevent them from accessing "normal" education due to physical or mental ill health or pregnancy.
The school is staffed by qualified, experienced teachers who are assisted by auxiliary teaching staff.
The Newcastle Bridges School maintains a link between the child and their own school offering continuity of education and a smooth integration when they return.
Newcastle Bridges School is a community special school, it was founded in September 2002, previously the constituent parts had been centrally held services of the Local Education Authority. There are nine departments in the school.
Ashlyns – a unit for pregnant school-girls and school aged mothers. The number of pupils varies but an average yearly total number would be 24.There is a registered nursery provision offering full day-care for up to 20 babies. There are qualified nursery staff to look after the babies. There are 2.6 full time equivalent teachers at Ashlyns a Learning Support Assistant and a Reintegration Officer. Pupils are able to sit a variety of external exams.
Fleming Nuffield Unit – this is a psychiatric unit for children up to the age of 14 ½ years. There are three teaching groups staffed by 3.3 f.t.e. teachers, including the Language Class where pre-school children with communication problems are assessed. The other two classes are for school aged pupils. The pupils suffer from a wide range of psychological or psychiatric disorders. Pupils are supported by a Support Assistant in lessons and when they reintegrate in to school.
Freeman Hospital – Teaching occurs for patients usually up to 16 years of age, who are long-stay or who have frequent admissions to hospital. The pupils are in the Orthopaedic, Heart and Ear, Nose and Throat wards. There is a 0.8 f.t.e. teacher.
Harbour West – this is a unit for anxious and vulnerable pupils who have been clinically diagnosed as having a school phobia or whose anxieties lead to school phobic behaviours.Harbour West is co-located with All Saints’ College and many pupils are able to take advantage of the College’s mainstream provision.
There are 24 places for pupils of Key Stage 3 and 4.There are 3.1 full time equivalent teachers who deliver a curriculum that leads to external accreditation. Pupils are supported by Support Assistants in their efforts to reintegrate into the mainstream setting.
Home Tuition – This is a service offered to those pupils of Newcastle Schools who are unable to attend their mainstream school due to illness. The service is available to pupils up to 16 years of age.