About Us

The Bridge Short Stay School is a Pupil Referral Unit providing education for students from within Cheshire West and Chester who have been permanently excluded from school, are at risk of exclusion or for a variety of reasons have found themselves without a school place.

We are based in Ellesmere Port, but provide for students from throughout the Local Authority. We're excited to currently be working with the Council to develop plans for a new build school that will enable us to improve our provision further.

We believe in the potential of all of our young people, offering a high quality education and personal support to enable all students to achieve positive next steps. In many cases this is a successful return to mainstream education, in others it will be achievement at GCSE level and support to make a positive transition into Post 16 education, employment and training.

Staff model and encourage students to develop in our core values: Resilience, Community, Self-Confidence, Aspirational and Positive; we believe that developing young people who epitomise these values sets them up to achieve in whatever their chosen field.

School Vision

The 2022 School vision detailing our aspirations over the past 5 years is available below as a PDF. This has been recently reviewed and updated to inform the next 5 years to 2027 and this will be available soon.


Our Ofsted Report can be found here

At The Bridge we want to offer a high quality education provision. The Parent View Link here offers you the opportunity to tell us about your experience with our school. We value your opinions because they help us to continually improve. In addition, we regularly seek feedback from parents and welcome discussion with all of our families to ensure that we continue to meet your needs.

Admission Statement

There are 40 places for students in KS2 - KS4.  These places are reserved for students who are permanently excluded from their school or have been referred by the Local Authority under the category of "other". Places are allocated in discussion with officers from the Local Authority, in the case of permanent exclusions the LA comissions The Bridge to fulfil their duty of providing education from the 6th day of exclusion.

All students are admitted through the Local Authority, we are unable to accept direct referrals or applications. If your child is at risk of exclusion you can seek advice through following this link: Permanent exclusion from school - Information for Parents and Carers | Live Well Cheshire West (cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk)

Hours of Opening

All students are expected in school from 8.55am - 3.10pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 8.55am - 2.15pm Wednesday

Time in school: 30hours 20minutes

Files to Download

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

Tel: 0151 245 3877 | Email: Enquiries@thebridge.cheshire.sch.uk