School Meals

School Transport

When children who attend The Bridge School are eligible for home/school transport this is organised by Travel Assist. The school does not organise the timing of transport to and from school.

Some of our children are brought to school by their parents/carer; however, the majority arrive at school on home to school transport. For us this consists of a fleet of mini buses provided and driven by the Accessible Transport Group (ATG) contracted by the Local Education Authority for this purpose.

All drivers are trained in safely securing wheelchairs with clamps onto the buses. They are also very experienced in ensuring that our children who are wheelchair users are safely fastened in their wheelchairs for safe travel. Booster seats and other aids may also be used for safe transportation of our other more mobile children.

All of the buses have at least one escort for the children. As our children come from all areas of Birmingham the logistics of this are extremely complicated and when new pupils are admitted it does sometimes cause changes to the routes, which are unavoidable.

For more information on ATG contact them on 0121 327 8128 or see their website at http://www.atgroup.org.uk/

You can also access information from the Birmingham City Council website regarding ‘Specialised transport for pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities’ by clicking here

School Uniform

The school expects all pupils to wear the following school uniform:

  • Pale blue polo shirt or blouse
  • Navy blue sweatshirt/cardigan/jumper
  • Dark grey trousers or skirt.

School sweatshirts, cardigans and Polo shirts are available for sale online and can be delivered to school for collection. Pupils will not be allowed to wear tracksuits and jeans around school for their normal lessons.

Parents are asked to supply their child with a swimming costume and towel for weekly swimming and/or hydrotherapy sessions. Swimming is compulsory for pupils in Key Stage 2.

If you feel that your child may require a change of clothes during the course of the day, it may be advisable for us to keep a spare set in school and we would appreciate it if you could send the necessary items to us via your bus guide. A limited amount of clothing is kept in school for emergency purposes. Soiled items of clothing are securely bagged in school and returned to you at the end of the day. To avoid losses, we would ask you please to ensure that all clothing is clearly named.

 

Home School Agreement

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Home School Agreement Policy 148.29 KB 6 downloads

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Careers Guidance at The Bridge School

At The Bridge School we aim to develop our pupils into happy and successful citizens, who are able to lead independent lives, as much as they can.  We want them to have a sense of belonging in their community and in the workplace.

We do this by giving them a breadth of experiences that include developing their ability to independently access their learning, developing their knowledge and understanding of English, Maths and PSHE skills by using real life experiences, wherever possible, such as writing shopping lists, using money to buy cookery ingredients at the local shops. The pupils enjoy taking part in educational visits in the local and wider environment, using a wide range of personal and social skills in the community. We aim to inspire our pupils to have a “Can do” attitude to all they encounter.

We plan for a range of visitors to come into school to talk about life at work and the skills and attributes needed to be successful. Visitors have included, firefighters, a nurse, an electrician, football coach and a hairdresser.  Pupils are given opportunities to have responsibilities within their class and the wider school to further enhance their skills for life and work.

We measure the impact of our careers curriculum through conversations and questionnaires with our pupils prior to the annual review of the EHCP, and through discussions and work produced in our PHSE lessons. 

The Head teacher will be able to provide further details upon request. Sarah Kelly can be contacted through enquiry@bridge.fet.ac or phone 0121 464 8265

Health Provision

Continence Management Materials

If a child is using incontinence padding/nappies and require changing during the school day,  parents and carers should send into school in advance a supplies of wipes, nappies and lotions sufficient to meet their needs on a weekly basis.

Accidental Injury in School

If your child sustains an accidental injury in school, a first aider will advise us on the best course of action to take. If the injury is minor, you will be informed by telephone or by letter when your child returns home. If the injury is more serious you will be informed immediately by telephone. Should your child need to go home or to hospital, arrangements will be made.

School Nurses

School nurses are provided by the Birmingham Community Health NHS Trust.

The school nurse is able to offer help and support to families, as well as advice to the school to enable us to meet your child’s health needs. They liaise with other medical professionals who may be involved with meeting your child’s health needs.

Hospital Appointments

Pupils frequently have to attend clinics or hospitals for a variety of reasons. If your child has a hospital appointment, we would ask you please to let us know as far in advance as possible and keep the time taken off school to an absolute minimum.

Medicines

When sending medicines to school we would ask you please to hand them to your child’s bus guide, or deliver them to school yourself. Please do not put them in your child’s pocket or school bag – they may get lost or forgotten.
Please make sure that medicine containers are clearly marked with your child’s name, the correct dosage, the time when the medicine should be given, the date and the name of the medicine.
If your child requires medication both at home and at school, it may be helpful to ask your doctor for two prescriptions, one for use at school and the other for home. This avoids having to carry medicines to and from school every day.

Physiotherapy

The Community Paediatric Physiotherapy Team may visit our school.
In addition to providing treatment for specific pupils attending the school, members of the team also may treat and assess children at home should this be required.

School Clinics

Periodically the school nurse will arrange a clinic for the school doctor and a number of pupils will be examined.
Pupils will be seen in accordance with their needs and parents are expected to attend the appointment with their child. Parents may refer to the service for more frequent appointments if they are in any way concerned as to their child’s medical condition or general health.

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy is provided  following a successful referral to the service.
In addition to dealing with speech and language difficulties the speech therapist may advise on feeding and drinking difficulties.

SEND Information

From September 2014, all schools are expected to publish information about their provision for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

This includes the ‘Local Offer’, which helps parents/carers understand what services they and their families can expect from a range of local agencies. It should help them understand how the system works, and how the local authority, local area and the school will support both the child and the family.

You can read details of our special needs provision and local offer below:

Results and Attendance

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Attendance Action Plan 2017-18 163.39 KB 1 downloads

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Other

The School Prospectus

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The Bridge School Prospectus 2017-18 745.29 KB 63 downloads

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