The Bridge School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Special school

Sprites Lane
Ipswich
IP8 3ND
01473556200
Pupils
152
Ages
2 - 16
Gender
Mixed
Type
Academy special sponsor led
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Report
(7/3/18)
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94%
NATIONAL AVG. 92%
Happiness Rating
20.2%
NATIONAL AVG. 8.2%
Persistent Absence
15.1%
NATIONAL AVG. 21.2%
Pupils first language
not English
30.3%
NATIONAL AVG. 16.8%
Free school meals
11.5%
NATIONAL AVG. 12.6%
Pupils with SEN support

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School Description

This is a smaller than average school. It is currently oversubscribed. The school provides full-time education to pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities. Most pupils have an EHC plan or a statement of special educational needs. Those children who do not have an EHC are mainly in the Nursery and Reception classes. Leaders are in the process of applying for EHC plans for these children. Most pupils have profound and multiple learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties or a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders. The school comprises two sites next door to one another: a primary site and a Inspection report: The Bridge School, 6–7 March 2018 Page 10 of 13 secondary site. Pupils typically enter the school with achievement significantly below the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are eligible for additional funding is above the national average. No pupils currently access alternative provision. The information about the school on the Department for Education website (‘Get information about schools’ or ‘GIAS’) states that the school has children on the school’s admissions register aged 2–19. Current interim leaders believe that this is incorrect and should state 3–19. Inspectors were aware during this inspection of a local authority investigation into serious allegations about restriction of liberty at the school. Inspectors were aware during this inspection that since the previous inspection a serious incident that occurred while a child was in the care of staff employed by the setting is under investigation by the appropriate authorities. While Ofsted does not have the power to investigate allegations of this kind, actions taken in response to the allegations were considered alongside the other evidence available at the time to inform inspectors’ judgements.

The Bridge School Catchment Area Map

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National School Census Data 2020
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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