Head Teacher’s Welcome

I am DaveRyprivileged to be the new Head of Academy at The New Bridge Academy. Having been Deputy Head at the school since it opened in September 2015 and at Springwell Dene prior to that, I am excited by the challenge of leading the academy through the next phase of its development and those of you who know me well will expect me to carry out my role with determination and dedication.

At The New Bridge Academy we strive to create a community of learners where everyone feels valued in a welcoming, supportive and safe environment, based on positive regard. The staff team are highly motivated and dedicated to help your child learn and achieve. I believe successful partnerships between home and school are crucial to children flourishing and look forward to working closely with parents and carers to ensure the best outcomes for your child. The wellbeing of students is our top priority and I ask for your support in encouraging the core values of selfless commitment, discipline, courage, integrity and respect.

The New Bridge Academy is a welcoming inclusive academy that caters for the needs of 125 students between the ages of eleven and nineteen who experience emotional, social, behavioural  and mental health difficulties. Additionally the academy is able to offer a small number of part time intervention placements.

We are part of the ‘Ascent Academies’ Trust’ which is a partnership of Secondary Special academies in Sunderland. By working together we are able to share expertise and resources to enhance outcomes for all our learners.

Our holistic person centred approach creates a nurturing environment with a positive ethos and climate in which we celebrate achievement and reward positive behaviour choices.

The New Bridge Academy is located in the outskirts of Sunderland in a purpose built provision that has some excellent facilities. As well as five all-purpose classrooms we have specialist rooms for science, art, music, IT and design technology. Additionally we have a state of the art recording studio, a sports hall, outdoor mugga and fitness suite. We also have two facilities for the delivery of construction and a school flat which is used for a variety of purposes including therapeutic interventions, literacy support and independent living skills development.

These facilities are impressive and important to us however The New Bridge Academy’s greatest asset is our dedicated, highly trained staff who are committed to supporting our students to achieve their potential.