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Linden Bridge School


Education for Life: Building Bridges to Independence


Young people will leave Linden Bridge as Lifelong Learners, with the skills, knowledge and interests to access the next stage of their education or life journey. Our aim is for those young people who stay with us Post-16 (majority) to transition from Linden Bridge to mainstream college or to the world of work, equipped with the skills needed to live as independently as possible.

We will provide a creative and relevant school, together with a residential curriculum, underpinned by specialist Autism strategies that engages and excites them and prepares them fully for their next phase.



Early Years Phase


Will set firm foundations for learning and ensure each child leads a happy and secure school life, gaining confidence, skills and memorable experiences on the start of the educational journey.


Year R

Semi-Formal Phase


Will provide an individualised and creative curriculum to engage and inspire pupils to develop the pre-requisite skills to enable them to progress on to more formal learning.

Pupils may enter the formal phase at different ages

If Year 3 or below

If Year 4, 5, 6

A small number of pupils need to remain within the semi-formal pathway after Year 6

Change of placement

Formal Phase at LB

Formal Phase

Will provide a broad & balanced curriculum to develop pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects. This develops pupils’ interests, talents and self-awareness to enable them to progress on to access formal qualification pathways and aspirations for employment.


Year 4 - 11

Residential Programme

Will provide rewarding and enjoyable learning opportunities to extend the formal and phoenix stage learners’ educational outcomes.

(not all pupils will access residential)

Pupils may enter the Phoenix Phase at Year 10 or 11

Phoenix Phase

Will provide a curriculum that enables pupils to start their personalised journey towards leaving Linden Bridge and adulthood. The curriculum focuses on personal social development, formal qualifications and preparation for the world of work, college and independent living.


Year 10 - 14

Pupils may transition from LB from Year 11 onwards