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Bridge College, the Together Trust’s specialist education college for students aged 16 to 25 years with disabilities, complex needs and autism opened their state of the art facilities on The Manchester College’s Openshaw Campus in East Manchester in September 2012. Bridge College is a centre of expertise for students with learning difficulties in the North West of England.
The co-location with The Manchester College allows Bridge College not only to increase students’ opportunities for inclusion and independence but also to enhance its offer to young people with the most complex disabilities. The centrally located facility within the Greater Manchester conurbation enables young people to have their complex educational needs met much closer to home without having to attend a residential college. Our mission is to create an inclusive learning environment where young people are able to make the transition to adulthood with better skills, independence and communication.
Our specialist teams are able to support students to achieve their aspirations and to develop a range of essential skills for learning, living and work.
Our curriculum includes:
Bridge College has four courses:
Each student has an Individual Learning Plan to assist them to develop the skills needed for adulthood. Our experienced staff team includes professionals in education, therapy and care to help students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to make the most of future opportunities.
The Bridge College community shares the following core values:
Following a rigorous process of quality assurance specifically focused around service practice within our autism services, the Together Trust is delighted to have achieved recognition from the National Autistic Society by achieving Autism Accreditation for Bridge College. This demonstrates to service user’s families and commissioning officers the quality of service provided by the organisation.
Photographs of the new Bridge College facilities in Openshaw can be found on our Flickr page here.
"Learners make very good progress in developing their confidence, communication skills, independence and ability to make choices for themselves."
Ofsted, September 2013
Lisa Duncalf, Bridge College
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