Together Trust’s Bridge College given ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted

Bridge College
Bridge College

Bridge College has been rated ‘Good’ from Ofsted following a recent visit to the specialist college in Manchester.

The college in Openshaw – run by Stockport charity Together Trust – is an inspiring specialist college for 16 to 25-year-olds and is at the forefront of their field for developing skills, independence and confidence for each student with disabilities, complex needs or autism.

Lisa Duncalf, principal at Bridge College
Lisa Duncalf, principal at Bridge College

The college helps support people with disabilities, learning difficulties and complex health needs through fostering, community and residential care and autism support.

The report praised the tailored approach to learning that the college offers, saying: “The overriding focus on providing individualised programmes to meet learners’ identified needs is very evident.”

Ofsted also commented that the transition processes are exceptional, which is important to ensure young people are equipped with the skills to transition onto the next stage of their lives.

The college’s use of information and communication technology to aid and record learning, individualised curriculum and approach to student learning was also praised: “The multi-disciplinary team’s (MDT) approach ensures that barriers to learning are identified quickly and learners are in sessions and ready to learn.  The impact that the MDT has on learners’ progress is exceptional.”

Principal Lisa Duncalf said: “We’re thrilled with the result, it is great to have the hard work of all our staff recognised.

“The team continue to put our students at the heart of what we do and we will continue to support our young people to achieve their goals and reach their potential.”

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