Newcastle Bridges School


On the 1st of January 2018 Newcastle Bridges School converted to an academy and became part of Prosper Learning Trust.

Newcastle Bridges School is an alternative provision academy within Prosper Learning Trust which provides education to pupils from ages 4 to 19.

Newcastle Bridges School serves children and young people 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 is not affiliated to any religion or religious denomination.

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.

Newcastle Bridges School is judged by OFSTED to be ‘outstanding’ (November 2016) and is made up of a diverse range of departments some of which are within NHS settings. These units are widely recognised for the expertise they provide both regionally and nationally; staff at Newcastle Bridges School work in partnership with staff from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust within these settings.


  • Newcastle Bridges School at Benfield – an educational setting for pupils aged 11-16 who suffer from social, emotional and mental health difficulties or who are pregnant or have babies
  • The Great North Children’s Hospital / Freeman 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 at St. Nicholas’ Hospital – a forensic mental health clinical setting with 7 commissioned beds for 12-18 year olds with mental health needs and 7 for those with an additional learning disability
  • Ferndene Hospital at Prudhoe – a 29 bed purpose built inpatient centre 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 at Walkergate Park – 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
  • Prosper Community Outreach – specialist teachers work in community settings, supporting pupils in a transition back to education setting appropriate to the individual learner
  • Prosper Primary  – a primary assessment provision for pupils with SEMH needs where pupils work in a small nurture group with trained staff; they may return to their home school or an alternative provision following assessment

Main Site Address:
Newcastle Bridges School
Cherry Wood
Newcastle upon Tyne

Phone: 0191 275 5111


Executive Headteacher: Mr Mark Jones

Head of School: Mr Kevin Stafford


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