Cann Bridge School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
Miller Way
3 - 19
Community special school
Mr ofsted
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Cann Bridge School is a special school for pupils with severe learning difficulties (SLD). A minority of pupils have autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and a few pupils have profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority, and the children of service families) is around the national average. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. A large majority of pupils are boys. The school takes pupils from Plymouth Local Authority as well as from Cornwall and Devon. The school holds the Healthy Schools award and the Basic Skills Quality Mark for both primary and secondary. Since the previous inspection, the school no longer manages a class in a local primary school or any residential provision. However, the age range has been extended to 19 years with the creation of a sixth form in September 2011. The school has also established two off-site provisions for a few pupils with complex needs. The school, which was previously known as Downham School, became part of a federation in July 2011. There are currently two schools in the federation, Cann Bridge School and Tor Bridge Primary School. The school moved on to a brand new campus in September 2012 along with Plym Bridge Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Tor Bridge Primary School and Tor Bridge High School to form the Tor Bridge Partnership. The headteacher of Cann Bridge School is Executive Principal of the four schools in the partnership. A company, which involves governors from all the schools in the partnership, has been created to oversee the strategic direction of the campus. Talks are underway with the Department for Education to establish, in September 2013, a multiacademy trust to include Cann Bridge School, Tor Bridge Primary School and Tor Bridge High School.

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