Welcome to The Bridge
The Bridge is a specialist provision for pupils with communication and interaction needs.
It is based in a classroom at the far end of the lower school corridor, with an additional area for practical group work and access to two outdoor spaces.
The Bridge is staffed by one Teacher and 3 Teaching Assistants and has been built to accommodate 8 pupils.
In order to be considered for a place at The Bridge, children must have an EHCP (Education, Health & Care Plan), with identified communication and interaction needs.
It is expected that most pupils will be able to access the mainstream curriculum, with differentiation and support where necessary.
Children being considered for admission follow individual transition programmes.
These may involve visits to The Bridge with parents or familiar adults, Bridge staff visiting their current setting and meetings with parents and other professionals.
Potential pupils will come to The Bridge for a two week assessment period before being offered a permanent place and joining the school role.
Consideration will be given to the profile of current cohorts in the school and provision when offering places to pupils.
THE BRIDGE AS PART OF MIDDLEMARCH SCHOOL:
The Bridge is part of Middlemarch School; pupils join their peers for lunch, assemblies, class visits and whole school events. All pupils are members of a class group and the expectation is that pupils will access the curriculum in the class as much as is possible and beneficial.
Pupils working in class follow the curriculum planned by the class teacher. However, for pupils not able to access the class curriculum work is planned by the teacher in The Bridge; taking into account the cognitive abilities of the child.
Pupils from other classes in school may come to work in The Bridge in order to join groups if it is considered beneficial to their learning needs.
COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION:
The primary need of pupils in the provision is communication and interaction.
Pupils take part in group work to learn specific skills such as maintaining and sharing attention, taking turns and the social use of language.
Pupils are supported and taught strategies to regulate their emotions and manage transitions.