Introduction from the Deputy Principal
Welcome to Bridge Academy Central which forms part of the Stephenson Academy Trust, we hope that you find the contents of our website useful. I have been employed by the Trust for the last five years across all sites. If there is anything below which is unclear or you would like further clarification please contact me using the details set out below.
Bridge Academy came into being on 1 October 2013, having previously been four separate Pupil Referral Units, known locally as Personalised Education Centres [PECs]. We now operate as one Academy across three geographically dispersed sites within one Academy. Strong links are maintained with referring mainstream schools.
Data on attendance is fed back weekly to mainstream partners and academic progress data shared on a half termly basis. This is important particularly as reintegration is a primary focus of the work undertaken, particularly at Key Stage 3. Support in Bridge Academy is provided for up to 195 young people of secondary school age.
Students are referred to Bridge Academy via a monthly Alternative Education Panel, or in some cases on an emergency placement between Panel meetings. Each of the secondary schools in Milton Keynes, the Milton Keynes Local Authority and Milton Keynes College are represented at a senior level, on the Alternative Education Panel. Our aim is to improve on predicted mainstream outcomes notably at the end of Key Stage 4. This allows Bridge Academy Central to demonstrate both individual and whole school improvement.
Bridge Academy Central is based in Coffee Hall and supports up to 105 students at Key Stage 4. Students at Key Stage 4 are at high risk of permanent exclusion or have been permanently excluded from mainstream schooling. The aim at Key Stage 4 is for students to exceed their mainstream predicted grades so as to ensure that few, if any, become NEET. The curriculum at Key Stage 4 is broad and balanced with 6 subjects in the core. Core subjects, studied are English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Citizenship and Catering. We have adopted a pathways approach so there are multiple choices around the level of qualification that can be studied and also the way in which the course is delivered. For example, in Mathematics and English there are both GCSE and Functional Skills pathways that can be studied at Level 1 or 2. Optional subjects, include Motor Vehicles, Construction, Hair and Beauty, Art, Health and Social Care, Child Development, Public Services, Sport, History, Sociology and Health and Fitness. All have accredited outcomes at either Level 1 or Level 2, be that GCSE, BTEC or a specialist vocational qualification as in the case of Motor Vehicles. We also offer through the Arts Award Music, Film and Graffiti. Teaching is in small groups with no more than 10 students in a class.
A range of interventions, notably literacy, are offered where necessary and all Bridge Academy students have access to a therapeutic team which includes two psychological therapists, an Educational Psychologist, School Counsellor and a Family Support Worker.