About Us

The Bridge Short Stay School is a pupil referral unit offering provision across Cheshire West and Chester for students who have been permanently excluded from school, are at risk of exclusion or for a variety of reasons have found themselves without a school place.

We are located on two main sites; The Bridge at Appleton in Ellesmere Port serves the Ellesmere Port and Chester localities while The Bridge at First House serves the Northwich locality. Although geographically split, with 25 miles separating the two buildings, we operate as a single school with a shared leadership, values & ethos.

In addition to the two main sites, some learning may also take place in other satellite centres as a bridge back into group settings.

Ethos & Values

Belief Statements

  • We believe that each student is an individual who deserves respect, fairness and understanding
  • We believe that our families, students, schools and our community should work in partnership
  • We believe that by giving equal value to social, emotional and academic and moral aspects of the curriculum we open up pathways to success
  • We believe students need to understand and embrace technology in a positive way
  • We believe that all students should be given opportunities
  • We believe that successful learning experiences build self- esteem and improve the chances for a positive future
  • We believe in the importance of lifelong learning in a changing world

Collaboration and trust empower our school community and allow all students to achieve their full potential.

To empower every student with the skills, positive experiences and understanding that will mean they can build positive futures. 


BRIDGE CITIZENS ASPIRE TO BE Happy, healthy, imaginative and resilient members of society who:

Embrace diversity and difference.

Face challenges and aspire to work hard and succeed.

Have self-confidence which allows them to show compassion for others.

Have a sense of justice, pride and respect towards themselves and their community.

Leave school with the skills and qualities to be valuable members of the adult community.


Our Ofsted Report can be found here.

At The Bridge we want to offer a high quality education provision. The Parent View Link here offers you the opportunity to tell us about your experience with our school. We value your opinions because they help us to continually improve.

Admission Statement

There are 40 places for students in KS2 - KS4.  These places are reserved for students who are permanently excluded from their school or have been referred by the Local Authority under the category of "other". Places are allocated in discussion with officers from the Local Authority, in the case of permanent exclusions the LA comissions The Bridge to fulfil their duty of providing education from the 6th day of exclusion. The Bridge operates as a single school across two sites, places may be allocated to either site based on numbers on roll and identified needs of individual students.


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The Bridge Short Stay School. Appleton Drive, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 7EP

Tel: 0151 3376873 | Email: Enquiries@thebridge.cheshire.sch.uk