Prosper Primary

Prosper Primary at Newcastle Bridges School, based next to Mary Astell Academy, provides education for primary aged students who are experiencing difficulties with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, and other overlapping or complex needs e.g. autism, learning or medical needs. It provides assessment and respite opportunities and transition arrangements for children who may be struggling in their main educational provision. All students remain dual registered and links with their home school are maintained throughout placementReferrals are made by hospital or community pediatricianusually for students who live in Newcastle. Our students come from a vast range of different schools and socio-economic backgrounds, mainly from Newcastle, but also sometimes neighbouring authorities.   

Students are taught from Reception to Year 6. Teaching takes place in a small and nurturing primary classroom environment with lots of opportunities for experiential and outdoor learning and extra-curricular activities. Our students are taught by an experienced team of teachers and support staff who are skilled in teaching the full curriculum and in meeting the needs of students with additional needs  

Our aim is to provide a bespoke education plan which will help students to continue learning or re-engage with learning. This will involve a period of assessment and for some students our work will lead to a formal assessment as part of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). We work very closely with Newcastle Bridges School’s Community Teaching team, home schools and multi-agencies and seek to involve our students and their parents/carers in each stage of their learning and transition back to their home school or alternative provision.  


  • Nichola Edmiston, Prosper Primary  Coordinator Tel: 0191 2674447 
  • Kevin Stafford, Head of School 
  • Katy SquireAssistant Head, SENDCo, Pupil Safeguarding and Welfare:  

Tel: 0191 2755111  Email: 


Mary Astell Academy
Linhope Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Prosper Learning Trust