Bridges Provision

‘Bridges’ a specialist, re-integration programme creating a pathway back into education


To meet the needs of students who have either been without a school placement or who need a bespoke learning environment to help them re-engage their interest in learning and their confidence in their skills and abilities.

Students on this programme are likely to have a range of complex needs mainly focused around Social, Communication and Interaction Difficulties which will often coincide with a disrupted school history and/or an unsettled family life.

  • To re-engage students who have become disconnected from education
  • To re-build positive relationships in order to develop socially and emotionally
  • To re-ignite a love of learning and a passion for curiosity, both in and out of the classroom
  • To re-integrate students into a school environment and prepare them for the next steps in life

 The Goal – to enter full or partial education/training and become a young adult playing an active role in their community

Our Provision

Based in an unassuming building on the outskirts of Swindon, there will be limited number of places available offering a bespoke package of education to support the social, emotional and academic development of each student. There is a high staff ratio of dedicated teaching assistants led by a qualified, experienced and skilled lead practitioner who has created a learning environment that meets the needs of each students under the guidance of Churchward School’s Senior Leadership Team.

The curriculum is be based around the 3 core areas of Maths (numeracy), English (literacy) and PSHCE/Thrive all of which is delivered through a range of activities, projects and tasks designed around each student.

Additional time is spent enhancing the experience of students to support their social and emotional development, gain a better sense of themselves, develop their confidence and the world around them, and develop a sense of identity and how they can be part of a community both within school and also the wider area.

The timetable for each student includes a range of activities but not exclusively: art, cooking, sports, swimming, community projects, music, drama, gardening, farm and small animals with the ability to include a reasonable specialist interest shown by an individual.

Although mainly taught away from the main school, students accessing this programme still have access to the same specialist teachers, classrooms and facilities shared by all students on roll at main Churchward School site.


The process for transferring a student into our Bridge programme and then onto a school will be critical in determining the success of the placement. Transition starts long before the student arrives at Churchward School and involves meetings, visits and information gathering in order to set appropriate outcomes for each student based on their EHCP which is incorporated into their personalised programme of support and timetable.

Once the aims of the programme have been achieved and it has been agreed by all parties involved that the student is ready to move on. Work is then completed with the school to support a smooth transition to the main building based in Tadpole Garden Village. This is made easier as the student will have accessed this provision throughout the programme.

Additional Support & Interventions

Interventions can be broken into two areas: Academic and Therapeutic. As each new student will have a personalised learning pathway, academic interventions will form part of any lesson/activity that requires it.

At Churchward School we have adopted the Thrive Approach. Thrive’s vision is of a world in which child or young person’s social and emotional needs are better understood and met. Created to support this vision, the Thrive Approach is a dynamic, developmental and trauma-sensitive method to meeting the emotional and social needs of children and young people. Trained practitioners create action plans to work with all students at whatever stage they are at.

In addition to this, any student who requires support from a Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist will have access to them through professionals at Swindon Borough Council fully supported by staff within the school. We also work closely with outside agencies to provide anything else needed to support the development of each individual.


Packages are tailored to individuals and as such are all bespoke with unique funding.

Costing will include:

  • Place funding
  • A Personalised Learning Pathway
  • Access to offsite provision including main school facilities and the farm
  • Transport during the school day
  • A range of customised therapies and interventions
  • Transition support
  • Access to Thrive practitioners and pastoral support
  • High ratios of experienced & highly specialised staff
  • Access to specialist resources

The following can be added in addition to main package as needed:

  • Transport to and from school
  • Higher level, specialist, therapeutic intervention from external professionals

For further details please contact the school office on 01793 209198 or the Head Teacher, Dave Dearsley, directly at