The Bridge Provision

Secondary school aged children who have been Permanently Excluded from a mainstream school, will initially have their education provided through the ResPEx program (CLICK HERE for more details).  During their time at ResPEx, there needs will be assessed and they might be offered another mainstream school or where appropriate a place at ‘The Bridge’ for a medium length of time or until the end of Year 11.

The Danesgate Way
The offer in ‘The Bridge’

Students who join ‘The Bridge’ will have an integration meeting to identify the needs of the individual students and to develop a timetable that is very carefully devised to best meet their individual needs during this challenging time of their educational journey.

‘The Bridge’ offers education in small groups or in exceptional circumstances where the child has evidenced that this is not meeting their needs on a one-to-one basis.

On a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday pupils will receive 4 lessons (English, Maths, Sociology and Health and Social) each day.

A typical day consists of:

9.00 to 9.50 Form Time
9.50 to 10.00 Breaktime (refreshments are provided)
10.00 to 10.40 Lesson 1
10.40 to 11.20 Lesson 2
11.20 to 11.50 Tea and Toast
11.50 to 12.30 Lesson 3
12.30 to 1.10 Lesson 4
1.10 to 1.30 Lunch

On a Wednesday and Thursday pupils will access either lessons provided within Danesgate for example:

  • Art
  • Business
  • History
  • Geography
  • Skills Centre – Construction
  • Skills Centre – Hair and Beauty
  • Skills Centre – Catering
  • Princes Trust

Or they might go to Alternative Educational providers across the city.  For example:

  • Toolbox
  • Work Experience


Curriculum Intent

Each pupils journey through ‘The Bridge’ is individualised in order to meet their needs.  The Intent is always however to provide them with the best future and options available to them.

For all of our students we are ambitious in providing them with not just an academic education where they will receive the best qualifications they are capable of (we offer GCSE’s, Functional Skills and the Prince’s Trust), but also provide them with the life skills that will allow them to be successful in their next chosen steps and to be a valued member of society.


Careers Education

Every pupil will be supported and provided with all the support and guidance that they require to be able to make an informed decision about their next steps and making their next steps on their journey.