New Bridge School

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About New Bridge School

Name New Bridge School
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Gavin Lyons
Address Roman Road, Hollinwood, Oldham, OL8 3PH
Phone Number 01618832401
Phase Academy (special)
Type Academy special converter
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 596
Local Authority Oldham
Highlights from Latest Inspection


New Bridge School continues to be an outstanding school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders of this school foster a 'can do' attitude in pupils and staff. Pupils are confident that they will succeed in life.

Teachers are ambitious for pupils. The success stories of past pupils show that special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) need not be a barrier to pupils achieving their goals in life.

Pupils love coming to school.

They feel valued and say that staff listen to them and understand them. They told us that staff 'respect us for who we are'. Pupils talked about how much they enjoy their learning.

They told us that they have lots of ...friends in school. Pupils' behaviour around school is excellent. They have a very positive attitude to their learning.

Pupils say that they feel safe in school and there is very little bullying because staff will sort out any problems quickly.

Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the school. They told us that their children are extremely well cared for.

Parents also appreciate the wide range of activities in which their children can take part. This includes the summer school, after-school clubs, residential trips and drama productions. Parents also told us that all pupils are treated equally and can take part in all the activities on offer.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders and staff share a strong ambition to ensure that pupils receive an excellent education. The school's aim of 'learning together, learning for all, learning for life' is certainly achieved. Staff enjoy working at the school.

They feel valued by leaders. Staff say that leaders are considerate of their workload.

The school curriculum is extremely ambitious and exciting.

It exceeds the minimum requirements of the national curriculum. The curriculum strongly promotes the development of life skills for all pupils. There is a well-designed curriculum from Year 7 through to the end of sixth form, and beyond.

This ensures that pupils can make an exceptional start in their next stage of education, employment or learning.Teachers plan and adapt the curriculum carefully so that the needs of every pupil are met. Pupils achieve exceptionally well from their individual starting points right across the curriculum.

Teachers make excellent use of technology to support learning. Across all subjects, pupils use technology with confidence. For example, in physical education (PE), pupils use tablets to film their circuit training and improve their skills.

In English, voice-activated apps help pupils to improve their knowledge of vocabulary. In mathematics, pupils take photographs of their work so that they can look back, revisit and remember their working out.

The key stage 4 curriculum builds on pupils' previous knowledge and allows pupils to study subjects in more depth.

For example, pupils studying drama and music produce and perform a school Christmas production. They are very proud of their achievements. They explained to us how they had helped to plan the performance, had chosen the music and how they had developed the characters in the play.

Students in the sixth form benefit from an exceptionally well-planned curriculum. This includes the opportunity to undertake supported work experience or internships. The school uses a variety of placements in the local area.

In the school's own café, students showed us how they could apply their knowledge in mathematics to add up the cost of items on the menu. Following their internships, some students have gained paid employment. Leaders work with parents of those students with more complex needs to plan the curriculum together.

This careful planning ensures that pupils' needs are met and that they continue to thrive when they move to residential or day-care provision.The school's work to support pupils' personal and social development is excellent. The curriculum is awash with opportunities in which pupils can take part.

These opportunities include arts, sports, cultural and personal development activities. For example, Year 8 pupils are very excited about their upcoming residential trip. Pupils' participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme promotes their independence, problem-solving skills and resilience extremely well.

Links with a local football club have opened up a wide variety of other opportunities for pupils, including wheelchair football. Expert coaches also support sports clubs at lunchtime and after school.

Staff know each pupil very well.

They know how to support pupils' sensory, emotional and physical needs so that pupils remain settled and can learn. Staff consider carefully each pupil's education, health and care (EHC) plan to set achievable targets for all pupils.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

There is a strong culture of safeguarding in school. Staff are highly vigilant and trained well. They notice any behaviours or signs that something may be wrong and take appropriate action to keep pupils safe.

The safeguarding team makes excellent use of a school counsellor to provide high-quality support for pupils with mental health concerns.

Leaders ensure that the school's internet connection is appropriately monitored and filtered. They also provide thorough training for pupils to help them to understand how to stay safe online.

Parents told us that they appreciate this training. They say that it has helped their children to be more alert online and more willing to share concerns.


When we have judged a special school to be outstanding, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains outstanding.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged New Bridge School to be outstanding on 10–11 February 2015.

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