Newcastle Bridges School provides education to children and young people from 4 -19 who are hospitalised or are not able to access education due to medical reasons. They may be referred via multi-disciplinary agencies according to the specific needs of the individual in the city of Newcastle or through the Medical Services and CYPS provisions, nationally and internationally. Pupils may be fully 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:
- 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
- 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.
- Freeman Hospital – providing education to children and young people on the cardiothoracic ward
- Kenton Provision – An educational setting for pupils aged 11 – 16 for up to 80 pupils who suffer from social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The Community Education Team are based within this provision and provide education to pupils in the community who are unable to access the Kenton provision
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