Newcastle Bridges School at Benfield is a fully inclusive 11-16 year old education provision based in Benfield Secondary School. Our school is for pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs, and other overlapping or complex needs e.g. autism, learning or medical needs.
A Key Stage 3/4 mainstream curriculum is offered and pupils typically follow a 6 session secondary timetabled day. However the base provides a small and more nurturing environment than a mainstream secondary school, with around 70 pupils, and can offer a high level of specialist adult support, multi- agency working and significant adaptations to the curriculum/timetable if necessary.
At Newcastle Bridges School every pupil is equal, valued and unique. We aim to provide an environment where all pupils feel safe and can flourish. We will respond to individuals in ways which take into account their varied life experiences, particular needs and ensure that all pupils are supported to reach their full potential. Referrals to Newcastle Bridges School are made from Children and Young Peoples Service (CYPS), mainstream secondary schools and Local Authority SEN departments. The Community Teaching Team is housed at the same site and these teams work closely together managing transitions back into school.
SEMH and learning needs are met at NBS for all pupils in the following ways:
- Smaller class sizes than a mainstream school; on average 13 per class.
- A small nurturing environment. NBS is smaller than most primary schools within the city.
- Individualised timetables where appropriate.
- A high adult to pupil ratio; typically one SEN learning assistant per 13 pupils plus teaching staff.
- Targeted in class adult support where appropriate.
- Small group or one to one targeted numeracy and literacy interventions where appropriate.
- Staff are trained and experienced in working with young people with SEMH needs, anxiety and a variety of special educational needs.
- There is a high level of home/school liaison.
- The school provides a wealth of extra-curricular/vocational opportunities.
- There are multi-agency links and signposting including CYPS, social care and counselling services (A multi-agency team around the school).
- Transport to and from school by mini bus or taxi is available in some instances for Newcastle pupils.
- Matt Hickey, Pastoral Lead
- Jill Allmond, Pupil Support Coordinator
- Kevin Stafford, Head of School
- Lesley Dunleavy, Community Teaching Coordinator
- Katy Squire, Assistant Head teacher, SENDCo, Pupil Safeguarding and Welfare
- Sunshine Douglas, Assistant SENDCo
Tel: 0191 2755111 Email: email@example.com
Newcastle upon Tyne