Newcastle Bridges School is a multi-site alternative provision academy within Prosper Learning Trust which provides education to pupils from ages 2-19. NBS predominantly serves children in the city of Newcastle but also those children and young people referred into hospital or mental health provisions from regional and national services, and some young people from outside of the authority. The school provides excellent educational opportunities to pupils whose education has been interrupted by mental or physical ill-health or school phobia. We seeks to support each pupil’s access to a full-time, broad and balanced education appropriate to their potential and their educational needs and encourage reintegration into mainstream whenever relevant.
Pupils are referred to the school according to their specific needs via their home school, multi-disciplinary agencies, medical services and CYPS provisions regionally, nationally and internationally. Pupils may be fully or dual registered depending on their circumstances.
Newcastle Bridges School is judged by Ofsted to be ‘outstanding’ (November 2016) and is made up of a diverse range of departments some of which are within NHS settings. These units are widely recognised for the expertise they provide both regionally and nationally; staff at Newcastle Bridges School work in partnership with staff from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust within these settings.
The school is based across numerous sites, some of which are within NHS settings, as follows:
Newcastle Bridges School at Benfield
Newcastle Bridges School at Benfield is an educational setting predominantly for students aged 11-16 with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, who cannot access mainstream schooling. It offers a smaller and more nurturing environment than most mainstream secondary settings. A secondary curriculum is followed and students sit external exams.
The Great North Children’s Hospital/Freeman Hospital (paediatric hospital wards)
Caters for pupils whose education is interrupted by regular stays, or a long term stay in hospital. Pupils are taught by a team of teachers in the different specialist paediatric wards or in the hospital classroom.
Alnwood at St. Nicholas’ Hospital (forensic mental health)
A forensic mental health clinical setting with 7 commissioned beds for 12-18 year olds with mental health needs and 7 for those with an additional learning disability.
Ferndene Hospital at Prudhoe (mental health)
A 40 bed purpose built £27 million inpatient centre which provides inpatient assessment and treatment for 12 to 18 year olds with complex health, behavioural and emotional needs including those with a learning disability.
Walkergate Park (Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorder Service)
A specialist second opinion service for nursery or primary school aged children who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other complex communication / mental health / neuro-developmental problems.
Prosper Community Outreach
Specialist teachers work in community settings, supporting pupils in a transition back to education setting appropriate to the individual learner. The team offers bespoke teaching following a medical referral which recommends a set number of hours teaching based on the pupil`s health.
Prosper Primary Assessment Provision
A primary assessment provision for pupils with SEMH needs where pupils work in a small nurture group with trained staff; they may return to their home school or an alternative provision following assessment.
Prosper Learning Tree Nursery
A pre-school day nursery which provides a warm, friendly, secure and stimulating environment for local children and the babies of school aged mothers where appropriate.