Curriculum at The Bridge

All students at The Bridge receive a personalised curriculum which is tailored to their personal abilities and needs. Their curriculum entitlement is planned and reviewed regularly in collaboration with other relevant people and agencies. 

 Whatever the subject area, learning is underpinned by a whole school focus on developing social and emotional skills to ensure that students are fully prepared for the next steps in their journey.

 Key Stage 3

Curriculum content at Key Stage 3 is dependent on the focus of the work The Bridge is completing with students. For some; there may be a particular focus on developing skills that allow a student to manage their own behaviour effectively; for others it may be about subject specific knowledge that is preventing full achievement in their mainstream school. Whatever the identified issues The Bridge aims to deliver a personal and creative curriculum that allows students to achieve.

 English; Maths and Science are taught discretely in small groups; while cross curricular projects provide engaging access to a broad curriculum. Reading groups and booster classes allow for rapid development of literacy and numeracy skills which may have been a barrier to learning.  
1:1 mentor and wellbeing sessions aim to support students develop personal solutions and skills to effectively tackle the difficulties they face with school. Students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of enrichment activities which support engagement while providing numerous opportunities for cross-curricular learning and further develop a student’s social and emotional skills.

 Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 there becomes an increasing focus on preparing students for external accreditation at a suitable level. For most students this means GCSE’s; but for many it could also include Functional Skills; Unit Awards & B-Tec. Courses in English; Maths and Science form a minimum expectation but The Bridge are able to support students in achieving within numerous curriculum areas based upon the subject choices a student had made in school and their progress towards these at the time of referral. Reading groups and booster classes ensure that rapid progress is made in literacy and numeracy skills in order to prevent these from being a barrier to achievement across the curriculum.

 The approach of exams doesn’t take away however from the holistic approach taken towards student’s personal and social development. Enrichment activities and access to 1:1 Mentor and Wellbeing sessions allow students to identify issues that have impacted on their ability to manage school and develop strategies to overcome these.

The curriculum also aims to ensure that Key Stage 4 learners are adequately prepared to move on and cope with the demands of life after school. All students receive personalised Information, Advice and Guidance to support them in making suitable choices for learning post 16. Many students also have the opportunity to experience extended work placements or vocational training in an area of interest.

 For more details about the school curriculum please contact Louise Davey:

The Bridge Short Stay School. Appleton Drive, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 7EP

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