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 Drive 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.

School Vision

The School has launched it's 2022 vision which details our aspirations for the school and the values and ethos that underpins this. This can be downloaded as a PDF below


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.


Files to Download

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

Tel: 0151 245 3877 | Email: Enquiries@thebridge.cheshire.sch.uk