There are currently four schools in our Multi Academy Trust, please click here to view our admissions policy and on the icons below to visit each school’s own website to find out more:
New Bridge School is a generic special needs school for pupils and students between the ages of 11 and 19 across two sites, our 11-16 Roman Road campus and our 16-19 St. Martin’s Road site. New Bridge School delivers a personalised curriculum that ranges from P1 to GCSE and equivalents. The school houses a swimming pool and specialist theatre, both of which are used daily by the local community.
Hollinwood Academy is a discrete environment catering for those on the autistic spectrum between the ages of 4 and 19. The school is based on our Hollinwood campus and offers qualifications that include GCSE and A Level equivalents. The school houses a resource base that provides training and development opportunities.
Spring Brook Academy is an all-age school that caters for pupils with a range of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties split across two sites. Spring Brook Lower School, the primary department, is co-located with Lyndhurst Primary School in Hollins. Spring Brook Upper School, the secondary department, is based at our Dean Street site in Failsworth. The school delivers a personalised curriculum and offers qualifications up to GCSE level.
The latest organisation to join our family of schools is Hawthorns School in Tameside. Hawthorns is located in Audenshaw and supports children from across Tameside who have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP). The primary aged children also have complex learning needs. Our journey will be stronger with Hawthorns School as partners.
In 2016 New Bridge School became a Teaching School and established the Learning for All Alliance, a group of SEND and mainstream primary and secondary schools. We are committed to improving achievement and raising attainment for our most vulnerable learners including those with SEND and those who are underachieving and non-statemented within both mainstream and specialist education. Our alliance partners have a wide range of nationally recognised areas of expertise that reflect school improvement needs locally and regionally. They have experience across all key stages and educational settings, bridging the gap between school and employment for our most at risk school leavers. We believe all teachers and support staff should be seen as teachers of those with SEND and receive suitable ITT and in-service training. Our inclusive approach ensures that our most vulnerable learners have an equal chance to make the best of themselves by equipping all teachers with specialist skills, knowledge and understanding.
Successful partnerships involving good schools working together ensure that they become even better. All our schools bring something to our Trust. We are all equals working together. We know that strong collaboration with shared accountability leads to better progress and attainment for our young people and helps schools meet rising expectations:
- school leaders and teachers can share thinking and planning to spread expertise and tackle challenges together
- Trustees and Governors work together to share strategic thinking, combine skills and support each other
- leaders, teachers and other staff are shared across more than one school, enabling schools to find different solutions to recruitment challenges
- we retain the best staff by providing new opportunities within our Trust, allowing us to plan succession more effectively
- groups of schools find it easier to source and fund specialist expertise such as specialist teachers, health and safety, HR and finance
- we share professional development and research more effectively across our Trust
- economies of scale and collective purchasing ensure that best value procurement methods are achieved
We are proud to be able to offer all our young people:
- a fully personalised curriculum offer relevant to each individual
- bespoke groups to meet the needs of individuals
- staff who are specially trained to meet the needs of our learners
- academic and holistic assessment processes that allow the young person to be involved
- a 48 week offer (we run holiday clubs for 9 weeks of the year)
- access to before school clubs and after school clubs
- a broad and enjoyable extra-curricular provision that includes residential visits, theatre trips, sports and team events (both at national and local level) and educational visits
- specialised therapeutic approaches if required
- school uniform with a shared identity
We provide our families with:
- an annual review with person centred values at the heart of the meeting
- assigned and named pastoral teams
- electronic communications and regular school updates
- affordable child care in the holidays
- support groups as required
- family learning
- access to celebrations and events
- subsidised residential visits
- family friendly policies
Our schools remain at the heart of their communities and we offer:
- access to all our buildings
- access to events
- opportunities for the community to support our learners into employment
- volunteering and work experience opportunities