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The Bridge School is a Key Stage 3 and 4 Pupil Referral Unit for serving students, families and schools​ within the Borough of Halton, which encompasses the towns of Runcorn and Widnes.  The Bridge School support the 7 high schools in the borough with preventative and reactive behaviour programmes.  The Bridge provides the local authority first line provision for permanently excluded pupils.  The Bridge additionally operates as a Key Stage 4 alternative provider, by offering 40 on-roll places for pupils who would benefit for education out-side of a high school context, this provision is secured at providers across the borough, with The Bridge providing quality assurance, guidance and support.  Key stage 3 provision is either reactive as a result of permanent exclusion or preventative, through outreach and short-term part-time placements at The Bridge School site.


The schools overarching objective at Key Stage 3 is to secure a successful return to mainstream education for all pupils.  Whilst at Key Stage 4 it is to equip the pupils with the skills, knowledge and experience to make a successful transition into post 16 life.

To achieve these objectives the school focuses it programmes on improving:-

  • Behaviour
  • Attendance
  • Attitude
  • Self-confidence

This work is embedded into a curriculum, which at Key Stage 3 focusses on Literacy, Numeracy, PSHE and ICT, supplemented by Technology, ART, Physical Education, Science, Music and integrated humanities through either direct subject teaching or a thematic approach.

At Key Stage 4 our philosophy is intrinsic to the operating style of the alternative providers we commission.  They deliver a range of programmes which are both academically focused e.g. GCSE in English, Mathematics and Functional Skills alongside vocational qualifications, up to Level 2, in Construction, Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Hair and Beauty, Dance & Drama, Sport & Leisure, Employability, PSD, Health & Social Care, Bike Maintenance, Life Skill and Duke of Edinburgh Award.  Careers advice and guidance is provide through U-Explore.​

Our school operates a 'No Smoking' and 'No Phone' policy. This is to enhance the learning experience within our school for each individual and to limit the chance of personal devices being damaged or lost. All students are allowed off site during break and lunch, unless parent/guardians inform the school otherwise.