New Bridge MAT

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Our Trust caters for young people with an EHCP from the age of 4 to 19. We believe that all our young people deserve the very best provision.

Clare John is the CEO of the New Bridge Group, a cluster of organisations based in Oldham, Tameside and Rochdale that support the learning, social and pastoral needs of over 1000 children and young people with additional needs between the ages of 4 and 30+.

Clare believes that our young people should be given the skills and attributes to enable them to contribute and participate in their communities and society as a whole, and we work together to create appropriate and high quality individual pathways for all our young people.

The Group consists of the New Bridge Multi Academy Trust, our growing family of schools (click here for details), Future Finders, our innovative supported internship project aiming to increase opportunities for young adults aged up to 25 run in partnership with the Manchester College, and New Bridge Horizons, our flexible day provision for young adults aged 19 to 30+. 

New Bridge School converted to a MAT in 2014 to enable the sponsorship of a new build school for children on the autistic continuum, Hollinwood Academy. Spring Brook School successfully applied to join our Trust and in 2019 we set up The Springboard Project to deliver a more appropriate vocational offer for young people with SEND. We then welcomed Hawthorns School and everyonelearning to our Trust, before Samuel Laycock joined in April 2022.

We will be opening a new ASD all age school, in Rochdale in the near future, as well as a new school site for Hawthorns in September 2024.


Find out more about our growing family of schools here.