3 January 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

A warm welcome back to all our learners after the Christmas break! My name is Andrew Burton and I am the new Headteacher at Bridge Short Stay School. It is a privilege to have been appointed as the new Head and I am very much looking forward to working with you and your children over the coming months and years. I have been a teacher for 15 years now and over this time have worked in various schools in Northamptonshire and London. Originally a language teacher (French and German) I have also held positions as Head of Year and Assistant Headteacher. Over the last 3 years, I have had the pleasure of running a leading Alternative Provision Academy in Central London. This experience has cemented my belief that all children no matter what their background deserve the highest quality education possible.

I feel lucky to succeed Mrs Kulas who has done an incredible job at the Bridge over the last few years. My aim is to continue this growth and work in partnership with you to ensure that your child has the best possible chance of success. The team of staff here are extremely dedicated and work tirelessly to support our young people through what can be a very difficult time in their lives.

The staff team met on Wednesday 3rd January to revisit some of the key messages which we want our students to hear when they come back to school. We have 3 simple school rules which we follow at Bridge: Be ready, respectful and safe. We want students at Bridge to be ready for learning and act in a respectful and safe manner at all times. If we can get these 3 things right, then this can form the foundations for academic success. We will track your child’s progress against these 3 principles in their behaviour logs which are completed each day and we will report to you regularly on their progress.

As a staff team we also reviewed our health and safety rules. Could I ask you to remind your child that:

-mobile phones are not allowed in the school and should be put in the lockers upon arrival. If a student refuses to hand over a mobile phone then we will call you to discuss next steps.

-smoking and vaping are prohibited anywhere on the site (this includes at the school gate). We have a duty of care for every student and if your child requires help to stop smoking we have access to excellent health care professionals who can offer support.

-leaving the school site without permission is not allowed. If this happens we will call you immediately to let you know and discuss next steps.

I would like to thank you in advance for your support with these matters. Being a parent is not an easy job (I can personally testify to this with 2 boys!) but if we work in partnership I am confident we can ensure that your child has the best opportunity to be successful in life.

Please feel free to contact me at the School at any time and I am looking forward to meeting you in person over the coming weeks


Yours Sincerely

Mr Andrew Burton