- Mr. T. Church (Principal Teacher)
- Mrs. J. Roose (Language and Communications Teacher)
- Mrs. K. McNab (Additional Support Needs Assistant (ASNA))
- Mrs. J. Johnston (ASNA)
- Ms. C. Park (ASNA)
What is the Bridge Base?
The Bridge Base is a special support unit designed to meet the needs of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Specific Language Difficulties who require a high degree of curricular support.
The Base has two specialist Teachers and four Additional Support Needs Assistants (ASNAs).
Pupils are supported in mainstream classes and they also attend the Base for tutorials to work on class work consolidation and aspects of the following: Communication, Social skills, Enterprise, Literacy, Numeracy, Concentration, Life Skills, Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar, Thinking and Listening Skills, Anger Management, Organisational Skills, Teamwork and Co-operation.
- To make the pupils and parents feel happy and comfortable with school and to help the pupils identify and achieve their aims and objectives for life.
- To integrate pupils fully into the mainstream experience and to be as successful as they can and so become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
- To develop each pupil’s language and communication skills within the context of the secondary curriculum.
- To support academic attainments in the courses studied.
- To encourage good self-esteem and good social skills.
- To support Teachers in classrooms and provide effective teaching strategies and information relating to Base pupils.
In addition to school staff, there is support from other professionals and external agencies, e.g. advice from speech and language therapist and educational psychologist.
Extracts from HM Inspectorate of Education report, December 2009:
- Particular strengths of the school – “The wide ranging support given to young people to overcome any barriers to their learning”
- “Young people, supported by the Bridge Base, are well integrated into mainstream classes”
- Learning and achievement – “Young people, supported within the Bridge Base, regularly discuss their learning with staff and are helped to identify how it could be better”
- “Staff within the Base have plans to develop pupils’ communications skills in more real life situations”
- “The school has consistently performed much better than schools which serve young people with similar needs and backgrounds.”