Our gallery shows a selection of photographs from across our Academy.

CEO Update – 15.9.23

CEO Update – 15.9.23

CEO Update - 15.9.23 As the second week of the year comes to a close, I wanted to give you all an update on where I’ve visited and what I’ve been up to so far. It has been a pleasure to meet some more of our dedicated staff, parents and partners of our wonderful Multi...

A message from our new CEO, Clare John

A message from our new CEO, Clare John

A message from our new CEO, Clare John   Hello and Happy Friday to you all, I hope the term has started well for you and your loved ones. I'm sure there have been plenty of nerves this week, but lots of excitment too, I hope. If you haven’t met me yet, or seen...

Summer Newsletters (July 2023)

Summer Newsletters (July 2023)   We have reached the end of another academic year! Please find all the latest newsletters from across the New Bridge Group and the New Bridge Multi Academy Trust here:   New Bridge Group New Bridge Group Summer Newsletter 2023...

A message from our CEO, Graham Quinn

  A message from our CEO, Graham Quinn   You may have heard the news by now in the local press, but I wanted to share this with you all first hand... I received a letter a month ago. I've not been able to reveal the content until this weekend just gone. I am...

May Half Term Newsletter – Summer 2023

    May Half Term Newsletter  Summer 2023 New Bridge Group May Half Term Newsletter - Summer 2023 Please take a look at the New Bridge Group and Multi Academy Trust Half Term Newsletter, for a brief update on what's been going on this past half term!  ...

What a super week.

My week started with a meeting with Oldham Local Authority about the impending SEND area Ofsted review.

Ofsted will be in Oldham next week looking at a variety of provisions and services for young people with additional needs. They will also be looking at the quality of education, health and care plans (EHCPs) and home to school transport systems. I’m in the fortunate position of working alongside a number of local authorities. In the past my relationship with Oldham has been tricky. I’ve struggled to understand their rational and, at times, I’ve got into direct conflict with officers.

At this present time, I honestly believe that we are moving forward together.

Our EHCPs support the young people and their families. The curriculum offer in our Oldham schools is strong. Our post 19 provision is quality assured, safe and local. Our employment pathways are the envy of nearly every other borough in the country. All in all, it’s a really positive picture. The strongest element of this new way of working is that we now trust each other. We know there are aspects of the provision that still require improvement but we are not trying to hide it. We know we have gaps around meeting the needs of certain groups of children, we know that our residential/respite provision could be better and we know that we need to further develop the continuum of provision. Some of our teams are meeting the inspectors next week. I’m hopeful of a good outcome.

In the middle of the week I worked on some strategic planning for the multi academy trust. So that our stakeholders are better appraised of the progress all of our schools and organisations are making, we have developed the ADDO (Academy Dashboard and Development Overview). It allows us to assess all aspects of school performance. The ADDO covers a vast range of areas including a visual summary of the schools’ strengths and weaknesses. Data for the ADDO areas is reviewed, discussed and actioned at an Invitational Meeting. The ADDO shows what will be audited and how often. It will allow schools to celebrate amazing practice and decide areas that require intervention.

One of the areas we are keen to understand is the impact of our 1:1 iPad project. New Bridge School will be our latest school where children all receive their iPads. The Learning Centre youngsters received theirs on Wednesday. I think we’ve only got Spring Brook Upper and Springboard left to go now. It’s going to be so exciting.

I spent most of the back end of the week in Tameside supporting the Pupil Referral Service. Rebeckah, one of our executive team, is interim principal and doing an amazing job. It was great to be invited to the management committee meeting to hear how Rebeckah and the trust have really helped move the service forward.

So, all in all a really productive week. No football for me again this weekend (as Levi keeps telling me – Bury’s gone bust!!)

Have a great weekend,


You can find all Graham’s previous blog entries here


New Bridge Multi Academy Trust
Roman Road

School Hours

M-F: 8am – 4pm
Weekends: Closed

Phone & Email

0161 870 9386