The majority of pupils at Bridgnorth Endowed School will flourish and achieve as expected through quality first teaching in the classroom.
However, this is reinforced by a robust alternative provision process for students that need time out from the classroom environment due to disciplinary, safeguarding, emotional or health reasons.
Whether used as a sanction or a support mechanism, some children benefit from additional small group or 1:1 attention to enable them to make the progress required to reach their full potential.
Led by an experienced pastoral team, the school has established a highly effective series of intensive short-term interventions across three venues, each designed to help students get on track.
Students are referred for alternative provision by a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the parents or carers are kept informed at all times. Following the referral, the student’s needs are assessed and any issues are raised before a plan is put in place.
The student’s progress is monitored and reviewed fortnightly, after which time the student will either embark on a reintegration programme back into school or they will continue with personalised learning.
Personalised Learning Centre
Sitting within the grounds of the school, the newly-refurbished Joseph Barritt Centre is home to the Personalised Learning Centre (PLC), a quiet and comfortable venue where support is given to students who are experiencing a range of difficulties.
This may include pupils with behavioural and/or emotional issues, those struggling to maintain a full timetable or individuals that are at risk of exclusion.
The centre has a main study area with ICT equipment, two smaller rooms, a private sensory room for students who are particularly distressed, an office, toilet facilities and a kitchen. It is manned by two full time members of staff and can accommodate up to ten students.
In a nutshell, the PLC provides invaluable space that's outside the classroom but very much a part of the school.
Located in the heart of the school, the Study Centre is used for students who are unable to attend normal classes for reasons other than disciplinary action.
It provides a safe, quite place to study that’s away from the hustle and bustle of the main school; an option that can benefit a student going through a particularly anxious period, or following illness or injury.
The Study Centre may also be used as a stepping stone for students reintegrating back into the classroom, after time spent in the Personalised Learning Centre or away from school.
This could be for just a single lesson, specific lessons on the timetable or for a specific amount of time, depending on the support plan that’s put in place.
Internal Exclusion Room
The Internal Exclusion Room (IER) is used for day-to-day referrals which arise from poor behaviour, failure to complete work to a required standard and other issues relating to the expectations of the school. Students typically spend up to a day in the IER but that may be extended for more serious or persistent breaches of the school’s behaviour policy.