Hope and a Future
At The Bridge our vision is to provide a sense of hope and an optimism about the future for every one of our pupils.
Our aim is that every child and young person we work with develops a sense of hope so that they can effectively face the future. Whatever challenges and difficulties they have faced in the past and whatever their feelings about the things that have happened to them, we help them to develop a sense of self worth and purpose. Every pupil is given tools to help them cope with their feelings and emotions. They develop an awareness that however difficult the challenges are, they are not permanent, personal or all pervasive, and can be overcome. Our academic curriculum is supported by a range of enrichment subjects and activities which assist them. In this way, The Bridge ensures that every pupil has the emotional, social, academic and spiritual strength and awareness to face a bright future.
Our 6 Principles – The Unique Me
To reflect the creation of our highly successful mission statement of Hope and a Future, the school embarked upon creating a set of principles, which advocates:
- Knowing Myself
- Lifelong Learning
- Developing Healthy Habits
- Being Financially Aware
- Connecting to Others
- Finding a Fulfilling Future
The Bridge believes and promotes a culture of supportive relationships that allows staff to gain the trust of our most vulnerable students. Student wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do, as we aim to develop the character of all of our students. We strongly believe The Bridge has a responsibility to ensure our students leave the setting ready and fit for life.
Our six principles are integral to achieving our goal, and play a key role in supporting students to become confident, resilient, young adult learners, as well as preparing them for their future life journey.
These six principles underpin The Unique Me, which serves to foster diversity, and is in keeping with our beliefs, that despite life’s setbacks, all students can achieve their personal goals, and build harmonious relationships within school and the wider community.
Is to know and understand your purpose in life.
At the Bridge we believe there is significant worth to exploring different ways our individual beliefs and thought processes vary from each other. Getting to really know ourselves helps us all to have a clear understanding of our life goals.
We believe knowing ourselves gives us greater clarity into our own personal strengths and weaknesses. This is something the school explores in many ways, one of those ways is through the C Me Profiling.
Colour Me Profiling provides students with information about their preferred way of doing things. This tool is designed to spark helpful conversations and discussions, and assists each of us to learn more about ourselves and each other.
We strongly believe there is merit to realising what is UNIQUE and what is universal. Exploring this value allows our students to become more tolerant as they begin to see the view point of others.
“He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.” Lao Tzu
It is said that lifelong learning can support everyone to achieve personal fulfilment and satisfaction. That is why here at The Bridge we encourage all of our students to recognise their own personal interests and goals. We champion lifelong learning by instilling in our students that lifelong learning is about them and not what others want them to do or be.
One of the examples of this, is the Unique Me Project which all students undertake when they start at The Bridge. This project allows students to explore topics which they may have a passion for, or a particular interest in pursuing when they leave school, or it may be a dream goal.
We believe, if students are able to recognise and explore their personal interests and goals they will be inspired to attempt the “new” and go on to achieve in life. Students are often inspired by their Unique Me Projects, as they are the ones in control, and it allows them the time to discover new personal interests which re-ignites their passion for learning.
Developing Healthy Habits
What is a habit? A habit is something that is routine to the individual, which is repeated often without knowing it.
The Bridge recognises that good healthy habits are beneficial to improving both physical and mental well-being. The school works hard with students to develop their understanding of the importance of healthy habits. With this in mind, the school has created a programme of activities and workshops which focus on cultivating routines in key areas of everyday life.
Through dedicated workshops, activities and the school’s extensive PSHCE programme the school is able to support and promote the benefits of healthy habits.
The areas of focus are:
Healthy Relationships – Keeping Connected
Across the school’s curriculum and through our Thought of the Week programme, students are consistently exposed to the virtues of adopting healthy habits.
The Bridge believes:
“We are what we REPEATEDLY DO. Success is not an action but a habit.” – Aristotle
Being Financially Aware
Financial literacy is important to us all and teaching financial literacy helps our students understand money and budgeting. It is proven that appreciation for finances and good financial planning alleviates stress and subsequently leads to better health outcomes.
Good financial awareness and astuteness will open up more options for our students, which will allow for greater freedom of choice in future life.
Connecting to Others
Definition of communication:To convey knowledge of or information about
Definition of connecting: To place or establish in relationship
It is important that our students not only learn how to communicate with those around them, but more importantly, grow in confidence so they are genuinely able to make a connection with others.
To be able to connect to individuals is highly effective and requires skill and purpose and is arguably more genuine than just communicating. To have a connection is to have the ability for that moment in time to make a leap into the other person’s world.
Fostering good connections is a skill which will help develop our student’s social skills as well as preparing them for later in life. The skill of connecting to others is especially vital in a world of social media and texting, where individuals communicate without speaking or feeling. It is important to note that communicating is not connecting, as highlighted in the definition above.
At The Bridge we trust and value what is going on in our community, as well as in our peers and colleagues lives. To know what our peers and colleagues are going through, and to support them through their difficulties underpins the strength of building good relationships. Personal Development and Welfare is at the heart of everything we do and stand for here at The Bridge, being able to effectively deliver this requires a strong connection to others and from others.
It is often stated that “the greatest leaders are the ones that connect with individuals.”
Finding a Fulfilling Future
We encourage all of our students to have belief in their own future. The school’s mission statement of Hope and a Future is the foundation of everything we do at The Bridge.
We are advocates of being your own person and most importantly, to face our fears in order that we can move forward in life.
Each day we support and encourage our students to overcome obstacles and accept that taking a leap of faith and “doing” may not always be easy and smooth sailing, but nor is it the hardest obstacle they have ever had to face.
Through trust and support we nurture and teach our students to do those things that matter, which will also make a positive difference to their lives
The school’s Life Coach is an integral part of the school support system, where students are allowed the time to embrace their uniqueness and enhance their personal skill sets, so they are able to face their future with confidence.
Our six principles are intrinsically linked, receive high priority within the school, and are pivotal to the school curriculum; incorporated in school events, extra-curricular clubs and workshops held at The Bridge. Our ethos is strong, clear, and reflected in everything we do, the language we use, and the examples we set.