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Bridge College - A special FE college

Bridge College is a non-residential specialist FE college. We offer specialist education for students aged 16 to 25 with learning difficulties, disabilities, complex health needs and autism.  

We’re here to give students a voice in their future and get them ready for a happy, fulfilled adulthood. Our flexible curriculum means students can make choices about their education and our support gives them the tools to succeed. We develop individual learning plans shaped to suit each student’s interests, needs and aspirations so everyone leaves with the skills and self-confidence for their future. 

From day one, every student has a multiskilled team around them, from tutors and therapists to nurses, support staff and assistive tech. We can even provide specialist staff training to tailor our expertise right down to the individual. 

Everything we do is underpinned by the preparing for adulthood framework, helping students work towards their life ambitions. Based in central Manchester we prepare our students for all aspects of adulthood, from future work and community life to independent and healthy living. 

We’re here to give students a voice in their future and get them ready for a happy, fulfilled adulthood. Our flexible curriculum means students can make choices about their education and our support gives them the tools to succeed. We develop individual learning plans shaped to suit each student’s interests, needs and aspirations so everyone leaves with the skills and self-confidence for their future. 

From day one, every student has a multiskilled team around them, from tutors and therapists to nurses, support staff and assistive tech. We can even provide specialist staff training to tailor our expertise right down to the individual. 

Everything we do is underpinned by the preparing for adulthood framework, helping students work towards their life ambitions. Based in central Manchester we prepare our students for all aspects of adulthood, from future work and community life to independent and healthy living. 

Phone now on 0161 487 4293 to arrange a visit. We look forward to meeting you.

Age Range(s)

  • 16 to 25

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jeremy Swinn
Contact Position
Acting Head of Bridge College
Telephone
Email
enquiries@togethertrust.org.uk
Website
Service Website
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Where to go

Name
Bridge College
Address
Openshaw Campus
Whitworth Street
Manchester
Greater Manchester
Postcode
M11 2GR
Notes

Bridge College is based at Openshaw, Manchester and is part of Together Trust, a leading specialist education, community and care provider. 

Whether you want to attend college full-time, part-time or on a blended programme, our purpose built, state of the art campus has access to a wide range of leisure and community facilities in Manchester as well as parks and open spaces. 

 

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
9.00am to 3.30pm

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

We accept direct enquiries from parents and carers, as well as referrals from healthcare professionals. Visit https://www.togethertrust.org.uk/ashcroft for more information. For more information or to arrange a visit please contact our reception on 0161 283 4832 or email us at enquiries@togethertrust.org.uk 

Other Details

Other notes

Bridge College has a large multi-disciplinary team of tutors, assistive technologists, nurses and therapists.   

Our therapy team includes speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and positive behaviour support therapists. They work collaboratively with tutors to embed therapy strategies into learning. Learner voice and advocacy is central to every young person’s learning programme so our speech and language therapists work with students so they have the right tools and support to have their voice heard.  

The nursing team oversee the health and wellbeing of our students. They also provide extensive training to the wider staff team to support students with complex health needs. Our multi-disciplinary team offers ongoing pastoral support for the social, emotional and behavioural needs of our students.     

Our occupational therapists work with young people to have more independence in all areas of their lives. They work closely with families and carers so the skills developed in college can be transferred to their home and work environment. Our occupational therapists are also experts in using a sensory integration so students can manage their sensory needs.  Our approach supports students to become more confident, calm, happy and focused on learning.   

Students can access physiotherapy to increase their physical skills to ensure they can access places and activities. Students also participate in hydrotherapy and rebound therapy.     

Central to our work at the college is positive behaviour approaches that support young people in situations or events that they may find challenging. We work closely with students, their families, carers and a range of professionals to build the skills that enable them to manage their own emotions, behaviours and explore maximum learning opportunities.  

Transitions can be difficult experience. We are here to support students and their families as they navigate the transition from school to college and from children to adult services. Our support, advice and guidance services are designed to meet the needs of students and families, this includes:  

  • Key contacts; who’s who and how they can help  
  • Parent carer forums  
  • Reviews on request  
  • Information packs e.g. Transition a bit of a Puzzle?  
  • 1:1 Tutorials  
  • Interpretation and translation services  
  • Hosting of meetings  
  • Training 

Costs

Details
Places are usually funded by the EFA and the local authority for students with a Learning Disability Assessment or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), although individualised budgets can be used for specific services.