Policies and information
See below for the following policies
In order for a child/young person to be placed with us it is essential they have a SEND recommendation.
Please contact Kath Barclay (01684 311632) regarding any queries you have about a child/young person you would like to come to the Bridge School and Neil Hornby (01684 778400) for any students for the Bridge Business Centre.
For this information view Admissions Policy
Health and Safety
Safeguarding students is a high priority to us at the Bridge School.
All staff undertake regular training in safeguarding children. All staff and volunteers go through robust recruitment procedures and performance management procedures to ensure their suitability to work with young people.
We ensure a safe environment where students are encouraged to manage risks when using equipment. Students also learn about how to keep themselves safe in subjects, such as personal social development.
Our designated safeguarding officer is Sue Hornby (Head teacher). If you have any safeguarding concerns about a student, member of staff or volunteer please speak to Sue or Jackie Penfold our deputy safeguarding officer at the Hanley site.
If you have any concerns at the Business Centre please speak to Neil Hornby or Vicky Gundersen.
For further information please view our full policy, this is in line with latest safeguarding guidance including the Keeping Children Safe in Education Sept 20: SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN POLICY
The Bridge School have a detailed range of risk assessments for the premises and activities and outings undertaken.
Both sites have health and safety officers. Should you have any concerns please report them to the health and safety officers advertised in reception or speak to Sue Hornby and Neil Hornby.
For further information see the Health and Safety Policy and Risk Assessment Policy click here
The expectations we have of all students, staff and volunteers at the Bridge, with regards to behaviour, are built on:
Respecting oneself, respecting others, respecting the environment.
Staff at the Bridge work closely with parents/carers to promote positive behaviour in our students. We have clear expectations and these are set out in our home school agreement.
For further information view our behaviour policy click here Behaviour Policy , Anti-Bullying Policy and Exclusion Policy
At the Bridge we value working together with students and parents to discuss any concerns they may have. A member of the senior management team is available at any time to discuss any queries.
If students wish to make a formal complaint we have forms in the office, please ask at reception or speak to Sue Hornby (Headteacher). Details are also displayed.
Students can also share their views both positive and things they wish to see different on the student voice form. These forms are regularly completed throughout the year. Student voice evaluation form
Our Chairperson Barry Austin is also responsible for investigating complaints, if you wish to make a formal complaint his contact detail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see our parent complaints policy and procedure with a complaints form attached. For further information click here Parental Complaints Policy and Procedure
Curriculum and Careers Policy
Celebrating achievement at the Bridge School Malvern (Hanley Site)
Students who attend vocational courses as part of a school group achieve qualifications at Level 1 and 2.
Students have the opportunity to gain a formal qualification dependent on their individual needs, abilities and interests.
Students also gain a sense of achievement as they work towards units for an in-house qualification Skills 4 Learning, students are presented with certificates as they complete each unit.
We have noticeboards with photographs and certificates to celebrate the achievements and efforts that the pupils make.
Below is a list of ways we acknowledge and reward pupils for positive behaviour and good attitude to learning.
1) Feedback on daily Achievement Records
2) Non-verbal praise (e.g a nod, smile, thumbs up)
3) Verbal/Written praise and ‘Caught-ya’ cards.
4) Praise phone call/email – Coaches and support staff will recognise significant improvement in behaviour or attitude.
5) ‘Bridge Student of the Month’ – Each month a pupil is choosen to receive a certificate in regards to their Personal, Social and Emotional development.
6) The Bridge Award Ceremony takes place annually during the Summer Term. Parents and carers are invited to see leavers receive their certificates. Prizes for commitment to learning and sustained effort and other categories, such as attitude, helpfulness, respectfulness, politeness, attendance, engagement, citizenship, creative thinking, reflective learning, teamwork etc are also recognised at the event.
Celebrating achievement at the Bridge Business Centre
At the Bridge Business Centre, a Student of the Month is choosen, students receive certificate. Also at the end of each half term, students receive their qualification and internal certificates to mark their personal achievements and new skills.
Supporting young people using the Thrive Approach.
Every child needs to feel valued, involved and appreciated.
Thrive helps adults prepare children and young people for life’s emotional ups and downs.
The Thrive Approach teaches you how to be, and what to do, with children’s differing and sometimes challenging behaviour. As a result, children become more self-assured and ready to engage with life and learning.
Based on neuroscience and attachment research, Thrive training provides a targeted intervention. All practice is underpinned by Thrive-Online, an assessment tool and extensive action planning resource that charts progress and measures outcomes.
For further information please visit www.thriveapproach.com or speak to Sue Hornby about how we use the Thrive Approach at the Bridge.
Working in Partnership with Schools and Local Authorities
Senior managers at the Bridge regularly attend multi-agency meetings, these often take place at the Bridge. Students Education, Health, Care plan annual review meetings take place at the Bridge School and Bridge Business Centre.
Working in Partnership with Parents/Carers
We work closely with parents/carers to devise an individual timetable for their child. The pastoral staff and other staff keep parents/ carers informed of their child’s progress through regular phone calls, emails and termly reports. Parents receive notification of any awards and certificates.
The school complies with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. The school has a duty to protect the information and keep it up to date. The school is required to share some of the data with the Local Authority and with the Department for Education.
If you require further information we have a detailed policy Data Protection Policy and privacy notices please contact the office. If you wish to view your personal documentation please put in a request to our data protection officer, Sue Hornby (Headteacher).
Equality and Diversity
To view our Equality and Diversity Policy please click here for the Equality and Diversity Policy.
Special Educational Needs
Children who are on an Educational Health Care plan come on roll with the Bridge School with SEN approval.
To view our policy click here for our SEND Policy
Please see policy link below