Support for Pupils

It is our duty to provide equal opportunities for every person in our care and to offer an inclusive learning environment which meets the individual needs of pupils.

The Foundation Bridge Academy offers a wide range of support services and facilities for its pupils:

Pupils may have additional learning support needs for many reasons including;

• General learning difficulties or Specific Learning Difficulties (eg Dyslexia)
• Sensory disabilities including d/Deaf and hard of hearing and b/Blind or partial sight
• Physical and mobility support needs
• Medical conditions
• Behavioural and Emotional Support needs

There are many types of support at college. For many pupils with additional support needs, additional support is given by the lecturer who may:

• Change teaching materials and assessments to suit you
• Give copies of teaching materials before the session or in an electronic format
• Ensure teaching and learning activities take your needs into account

Additional learning support for some pupils may also include:

• Specialist assessment for exam concessions
• Extra time to complete work
• Support in exams
• Access to specialist equipment including laptops and enabling technology
• Support from a learning support assistant


Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

Young people who attend the Academy with an EHCP will have their needs reviewed to ensure that the most appropriate and adequate support is put in place before they start their learning journey with us.  All young people on EHCPs will have regular reviews throughout the year as well as an annual review of outcomes.   

Access to Examinations

Arrangements for accessing exams will be put into place following interview and/or assessment. 

Mentor Support

Some pupils may benefit from having a dedicated mentor to support them on their journey to help them in further developing softer skills such as anger management, attendance, punctuality for example.  Pupils can be allocated a mentor at the time of enrolment or may be encouraged to access support at different times of the year based on individual need. 

English as an Additional Language

Any young people for whom English is an additional language will be assessed on their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in order to establish what specific additional English skills and knowledge are required in order to support them in accessing the curriculum and progressing onto further education, work or study. 

Identifying needs

Whilst studying at the Bridge Academy, individual needs are closely monitored and if the school feels that a pupil would benefit from an assessment to further explore any learning needs then permission will be sought from parents/carers to carry this out.