Newcastle Bridges School


Newcastle Bridges School provides education to children and young people from 4 -19 who are hospitalised or are not able to fully access mainstream education due to medical or mental health reasons. They may be referred via the Local Authority or home schools can directly commission places. Pupils may be singularly or dual registered depending on their circumstances.

Newcastle Bridges School seeks to support each pupil’s access to a full-time, broad and balanced education appropriate to their potential and their educational needs and encourage reintegration into mainstream whenever relevant.

The school is made up of a diverse range of provisions some of which are within NHS settings. These provisions are widely recognised for the expertise they provide both regionally and nationally. Education staff from Newcastle Bridges School work in partnership with staff from the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust within these settings.

The Departments of Newcastle Bridges School:

  • Kenton Provision – An educational setting for pupils aged 11 – 16 for pupils who suffer from social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The Medical Pathway Team are based within this provision and provide education to pupils in the community who are unable to access the Kenton Provision for medical reasons.
  • Great North Children’s Hospital – pupils whose education is interrupted by regular stays, or a long term stay, in hospital are taught by a team of teachers in the different specialist paediatric wards.
  • Alnwood – A medium secure adolescent psychiatric provision based within St Nicholas Hospital providing 14 beds 7 of which are specifically for young people with an additional learning disability
  • Ferndene – is a 29 bed purpose built inpatient centre in Prudhoe which provides inpatient assessment and treatment for 12 to 18 year olds with complex health, behavioural and emotional needs including those with a learning disability
  • Complex Neuro-Developmental Disorder Service – is a specialist second opinion service for nursery or primary school aged children who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other complex communication/mental health/neuro-developmental problems based at Walkergate Park
  • Freeman Hospital – providing education to children and young people on the cardiothoracic ward

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Newcastle Bridges School