Bridge College

Special needs catered for

Learners with complex learning difficulties, communication disorders and/or physical disabilities. Since 2002 a small provision for learners with autism.

Specialist facilities

Bridge College is a total communication environment that combines Objects of Reference and Makaton signs and symbols. The college has developed expertise in supporting communication aid users and is a Makaton Centre of Excellence. The new ICT centre provides state-of-the-art equipment. The college has a team of therapists and a new phsiotherapy and fitness suite and hydrotherapy pool. The college has 5 adapted mini buses and 2 cars. An Education Psychologist works with Bridge College staff to support behaviour management.

Home school links

Bridge College provides supported transitions to and from college, Personal Tutors provide regular contact. Annual review meetings and regular consultation events enable learners, families and carers to discuss progress and achievement.

General environment

Bridge College is located in Stockport. Young people learn skills in their own community supported by a multi-disciplinary staff team. The college's urban location provides easy access to a range of community facilites and good motorway links to other parts of Greater Manchester. Learners can participate in a range of National Awards at Bridge and other local colleges and providers.

Aims and philosophy

All young people have an individual learning programme (ILP) and take part in a broad, varied timetable that includes a range of practical and community based activities. The college is an Inclusive Learning Environment. The Bridge College Curriculum Framework comprises of Lifeskills, Transitions (including pre-vocational skills), Self/Creative, literacy, numeracy and communication skills. A Sensory Curriculum provides for learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties. All learners' progress is monitored and recorded using the college's innovative college wide database. Learners achievements are broken down into small stages and recorded on the ILP. Learners receive a high quality service from a multi-disciplinary staff team including Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Medical Support, Behavioural and Emotional Support. Learners needs are met by a team of experienced support staff who place high regard on ensuring privacy, dignity, respect, choice and independence.

Staff qualification and selection

All tutors have Qualified Teacher Status and an increasing proportion have further qualifications in severe learning difficulties/ASD and/or management. As part of The Together Trust, previously Boys and Girls Welfare Society, the College has Investors in People accreditation.


Bridge College
Openshaw Campus,
Whitworth Street,
M11 2GR


0161 4874293


0161 4874294


[email protected]




Teaching staff



Special needs support staff

45 + 9 Therapeutic & Medical Staff

DFEE Registered number

Length of school year

38 weeks

Age range


Number on roll


Type of school

Non Residential Day


Learning & Skills Council funded by application/assessment


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