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CEO’s Blog – A Celebration of Wellbeing

CEO’s Blog – A Celebration of Wellbeing

CEO's Blog - A Celebration of Wellbeing   This week, I attended a Trust Wellbeing Celebration, where colleagues from across our schools and settings shared the ways they promote welbeing for staff, students and families at their sites. This was a fantastic...

CEO Blog – 22.9.23

CEO Blog – 22.9.23

CEO Blog - 22.9.23   It's been another very busy week for everyone at New Bridge, and it has been so good to see how quickly all our staff and young people have settled into the routines of the new academic year. It is testament to the organisational skills of...

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...


It’s been a funny old week.

The Chancellor’s statement in the middle of the week stated that the government will provide an additional £700m to support children with additional needs next year.

For the last few years a number of other school leaders and myself have worked alongside politicians and officials from the Department for Education. We have tried to make the case and ensure our children and young people receive the funding they deserve.

This announcement of extra funding, as long as it reaches children and schools, will be really well received.

It’s been lovely to see one of our new initiatives take shape this week.

A few months ago, a colleague came to see me to discuss the opportunity of allowing our older learners to come back (into schools) to work in each establishment. It was a great idea, and we’ve now got some of our young people, who attend Horizons, doing all sorts of jobs in and around our schools. We’ve called the initiative our ‘Team M8s’.

One of the key elements that we promote within our organisations is the requirement for every single young person to aspire to a relevant destination. All of our assessment systems use the following seven destinations to assess our effectiveness:

Some young people, who may be 22 or 23 years old, have the acquired knowledge and skills to start to experience the world of work. So, our “Team M8s” are drifting into the “volunteering in my community”. The purpose of these (return to school) experiences is to prepare the young people to eventually volunteer or work within the local community. The relative safety net of the school, one that they’ve recently experienced, takes some of the stresses out of the transition into the world of work. The wonderful part of this strategy is that it isn’t dependent on a young person being “ready” at 18 or 19. They can be 22, 33 or 40!! It’s all about stage not age. We personalise our offer. My latest news (that I promised last week) fits directly into this agenda. I’m hopeful we can release it next week.

Have a great weekend,


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