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The Secondary Phase

 

The Secondary Phase at The Bridge School consists of Key Stages 3 and 4 and is for pupils in years 7 to 11. The school has a small number of pupils currently within the 6th form who have profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex medical needs who remain following the re-designation or the school to 16 that took place in July 2015.

 

Pupils continue to be put at the heart of the curriculum and receive a wide range of experiences as they progress through the phase.

 

Lessons build on the work of earlier Key Stages in order to help pupils to progress and to widen their experiences.  The Secondary curriculum ensures that all learners are included, use ICT in all lessons where applicable and with pupils given opportunities to communicate according to their individual needs.

 

The Functional Skills of English, Maths, ICT and PSHE are taught in specific sessions which emphasise both the needs of the individual and wider application of these skills. They are increasingly (where appropriate for the individual) used practically within the community.

 

Pupils take part in specialist themed days/weeks during the school year such as Enterprise Week and The Arts.   Pupils are enabled to explore aspects of Spanish within Modern Foreign Language including experiencing a range of activities which are aimed at developing awareness of culture, country, festivals, food, language and people.

 

Accreditation

Business Maths and Enterprise lessons are accredited internally for pupils in Year 9 at a level appropriate to the pupil, either Introductory Grade or First Grade.  Internal accreditation at Year 9 is the springboard for when pupils move to Key Stage 4 where their work is externally accredited through OCR at a level appropriate to the pupil, either Entry Level 1, 2 or 3.  Pupils in Key Stage 4 will also have their work internally accredited within Horticulture.  Many of our pupils will move on to The Willow Tree Centre where they will have the option to take Horticulture as an externally moderated subject, moderated through OCR.

 

The emphasis for older pupils (from 14 to 16) is to widen the range of experiences that the pupils receive and hence to broaden their learning.    Much of the work these pupils undertake is accredited with certification through an external board.  At Key Stage 4 our pupils have their work externally moderated and accredited to recognise their achievements within the curriculum. A variety of skill areas, including Communication, Arts, Environment and Community, Home Management, ICT, Numeracy, Performing Arts, Personal Skills and World of Work are accredited by OCR within Life and Living Skills (Entry Level) and certificates can be built to become a diploma within Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3. 

 

Work Related Learning

 

There are strong business links within the curriculum with Catering linked to Food Technology and Horticulture linked with Design and Technology, thus providing pupils with work related learning.  The termly Business and Enterprise project also provides pupils with opportunities to find out about the world of work and to take part in work related learning within the project focus.

 

Community

Links into the community are made wherever appropriate linked to the curriculum. These include links with The Willow Tree Centre within Telford College of Arts and Technology.

 

Future Focus

The Bridge has commissioned Future Focus to work with our young people in school on a weekly basis.  Our Personal Advisor is Karen who supports pupils and their parents/carers in a range of ways.  This includes support for older pupils within some of their Enterprise lessons to talk about and take part in activities related to their hopes and dreams for the future.  Future Focus also supports and accompanies pupils and their parents/carers who are considering TCAT to look around TCAT and in making an application.  Karen attends 14+ Annual Reviews and KS4 reviews.  She will also support with advice and funding applications around pupil placement after The Bridge.

If you wish to discuss your child's future or have any queries about what may be available you can contact Karen directly at 01952 388988 or via school through your home/school diary.

 

Future Focus will use the IAG Quality Standards to support the delivery of high quality IAG (Information, advice and guidance) to evaluate the effectiveness of the service and to contribute towards the school meeting their statutory duty.

  

It includes:

  • the provision of accurate, up-to-date and objective information on opportunities, progression routes, choices, where to find help and advice, and how to access it
  • the provision of advice through activities with both young people and families to gather, understand and interpret information and apply it to their own situation
  • the provision of impartial guidance and specialist support to help young people and families know what options and provisions are available post 16 and to explore these on an individual basis, arranging personalised visits to provision, completing home visits to discuss provision and transitional aspects in detail and to support with applications to provision and funding opportunities where appropriate
  • The Future Focus adviser works alongside year 11 young people in school to assist and inform this process
  • The adviser will attend year 9 and 11 reviews providing IAG within these meetings and completing the young person’s transition plan in partnership with the school and family.

 

How Future Focus contributes to the

IAG Statutory duty for schools

 

  1. It is for schools to decide what careers guidance provision to make available based on the needs of pupils and the requirements of the learning and labour market.

 

2.  Future Focus will deliver the service as agreed with the school and will work alongside school staff        to deliver in the most appropriate and timely method to suit the wider school curriculum. 

 

3.  Future Focus will combine its own duty to support vulnerable groups alongside Schools own                  support mechanisms.

 

Transition Team

Pupils who reside in Telford and Wrekin (T&W) are supported in their final years at The Bridge by a Key Worker from T&W.  This includes work in school and discussions with parents and carers at home. Those pupils who live outside the T&W authority are supported according to the provision in their own authority.  If you need any advice on this then please contact the school who will be pleased to advise and provide contact details.

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