The Bridge School is an All-through school for pupils with severe learning and complex needs. Many of our pupils have ASD and many are pre-verbal. Our specialism is communication as we believe this is the greatest skill we can help our pupils develop so that they go on to live enjoyable and fruitful lives. Our Creative Curriculum incorporates the key elements that we believe are most important for our students to learn and experience during their time with us: the skills that will be most important to them in adulthood.

Communication is the key develpment strand at The Bridge School. Floppy phonics from the Oxford Reading Tree is used throughout key stage 1, 2 and 3 while in addition some children experience the Read Write Inc phonics programme, this is in addition to the full range of communication development strategies for pre-verbal children (see total Communications document).

Our intention is that pupils are offered a range of qualification and accreditation opportunities which reflect their interests and abilities. We work with a range of awarding organisations to ensure that we offer accreditation which is nationally recognised and robustly assessed.

Some of the accreditation offered to our pupils include:

OCR Life and Living Skills
ASDAN Towards Independence
ASDAN Transition Challenge
Arts Council Awards

As children move towards adulthood, we work with a range of post 16 providers to support your child with their transition when they leave school at the end of year 11. We aim to offer children the opportunity to visit providers and develop their understanding of adult life. This is supported through the annual review process as well as through planned classroom learning.

Curriculum Overview

Our Creative Curriculum

Key Skills at The Bridge




Physical Development

My World / Humanities


The Arts

Sensory and Interaction Therapy