Designated ASD Provision
In September 2007 Bridgewater High School became a 12 place Designated Provision for students with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged 11-16. Previously this was a 12 place Enhanced ASD Provision. There is a Provision on both Upper Site (Room 08) and Lower Site (DP1 and DP2) with the staff working together across both. In September 2012 we increased to a 16 place Provision. This year we have increased our numbers to 22 places across KS3 and KS4.
Designated Provision is a discrete provision in a mainstream school and as such pupils in the Designated Provision have access to the Provision throughout the school day, including at those times when they integrate into the mainstream classes.
The Designated Provision provides:
- Small group teaching
- Individual teaching
- Support when needed in mainstream classes
- Access to the full Curriculum
- Social Skills groups
- The facility to take part in a full range of examination subjects
- The opportunity to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities
- An area in which students feel safe and secure within throughout the school day
The pastoral needs of the students are met through:
- Membership of a mainstream tutor group if appropriate
- Daily individual support and guidance
- Peer mentoring
The emotional needs are met through:
- Supportive relationships with Provision Staff
- Application of specialist strategies when appropriate
- Close liaison with parents/guardians
- Liaison with outside agencies
- Specialist support available within the Provision throughout the school day
Ofsted Nov 2011
‘Support for students whose circumstances make them vulnerable is particularly strong, with all groups, including those diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, making progress in line with their peers.’
Entry into the Designated ASD Provision at Bridgewater High School
Places within the Provision are allocated by Warrington Education Authority and are not based on location to the school. Students need to have an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement for an Autistic Spectrum Condition. Requests for a place can be made through the Statement / EHCP Review Process.
If you require any further information or would like another look around the school then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Tel: 01925 263814
Year Groups Pastoral Organisation
Each year group is split into two halves called Stockton and Appleton. There are five tutors for each half of the year group. The work of the tutors is managed by a Pastoral and Achievement Leader (PAL) and a Pastoral and Achievement Manager (PAM) who has overall responsibility for pastoral matters in each year group. This pastoral support is further enhanced by Assistant Headteachers who coordinate pastoral work across each Key Stage. In addition we have a number of colleagues in school who can provide more specific student support if needed or arrange access to a range of outside agencies. The pastoral team meet regularly to review progress.
If your child is unwell and unable to attend school please telephone school to inform us of the absence (Lower Site 01925-263814 / Upper Site 01925-263919)
If your child has to leave school early or arrive late to school because of an appointment please confirm the details on the Absence Log, in their planner. This should be shown to the office where a Signing Out / In Slip will be issued.
It is essential that we make every effort to ensure that our attendance data is accurate. Therefore, we would like to ask for your support in ensuring that students do not mis-use the absence log in any way; if they do so, then serious consequences will follow.
Monitoring absence for such a large student body is a demanding task. We appreciate in advance your support in ensuring that unavoidable absence is reported to us as quickly as possible.
Requests for Holiday Absence
Parents do not have a right to take their children out of school for holidays during term time. By law you must ask permission for your child to miss school.
Parents wishing to apply for their child to have leave from school should complete the relevant form (click here) and return it to school for authorisation well in advance of the proposed leave.
We have the highest of expectations regarding the behaviour of pupils at Bridgewater High School. Pupils are encouraged to behave in a positive way through the school ethos which encourages individual responsibilty and a respect of each others rights. This is published to the pupils through the ‘It’s Your Choice’ The School Charter and The Class Charter. These posters are displayed in the pupil planner and in all classrooms. Pupils are rewarded for good behaviour by Positive Points, letters home and certificates. The number of points that pupils receive is then totalled with pin badges being issued once milestones are achieved. Pupils achieving the highest number of points are taken on reward trips in February and July of each academic Year.
Where pupil behaviour falls below the standards that we would except the school uses a range of strategies. Within a lesson the focus at all times is to de-escalate the poor behaviour so that teaching and learning for all can continue. This will be ensured through verbal warnings or the moving of seats. For more serious and or consistent poor behaviour the pupil will be monitored with realistic targets set to bring about improvement. The school also operates Inclusion facilities to allow learning and progress for all pupils. Should behaviour continue to deteriorate or be a very serious one off incident the school will utilise the most serious sanctions of fixed term and permanent exclusion.
Careers Education and Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) helps to preparing pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life, in order to help them make a successful transition to adulthood. We aim to:
- Support pupils to be able to plan and manage their own futures
- Provide comprehensive information on options available to them
- Raise their aspirations
- Promote equality, diversity, social mobility and challenge stereotypes
- Enable pupils to sustain employment and achieve personal and economic well- being throughout their lives
At Bridgewater High School these aims are addressed in a number of different ways, For example:
- In PSHE lessons
- At tutor review days
- At options and parents evenings
- During assembly times
- Through talks and discussions from other educational establishments and employers
- On cross curricular days
We currently access the Careers Service provided by Warrington LA. At each of our parents evenings years 9-13 and at all other important events and guidance evenings, a Careers Adviser will be on hand to speak to parents and pupils. All pupils in years 10 -13 have access to a 1:1 interview if they feel it would be useful. This can be booked via Pastoral Achievement Managers. The Careers Adviser also runs a ‘drop in’ service in Upper School LRC on a Wednesday lunchtime and can help with the writing of application letters, CVs, run mock interviews, assist with careers searches etc.
Alternatively, pupils may wish to search many of the very useful websites that are available that provide advice on careers, universities and other choices for pupils after their time at school. Detailed below are links to a number of these sites:
At Bridgewater we work hard to acknowledge the efforts and successes of our pupils. Teaching staff are in regular contact with parents and will often note positive comments in pupil planners or send home letters of praise throughout the year. Our formal rewards system involves pupils collecting Positive Points from staff for notable achievements around school. Points are collected in the pupil planner and at milestone figures they can collect a pin badge and letter of acknowledgement. Bronze badges are awarded for 75 points, silver for 150 points and gold for 250 points. All gold badge winners participate in an end of year rewards trip.
Alongside this system our pastoral staff monitor attendance, punctuality and behaviour and pupils who perform consistently well in these areas are acknowledged in rewards assemblies and via opportunities to attend reward trips at Christmas and Easter. Additionally pupils can amass points for the EXCEL award in years 8 and 9 which carries its own system of rewards through certificates and trips.
Two highlights of our academic year are our annual rewards evenings at KS3 and KS4/5 where academic and pastoral staff nominate pupils for outstanding achievement and effort.