Ferndene

Welcome to Newcastle Bridges School based at Ferndene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Department Education Coordinator at Ferndene, it is a privilege to work with a wide range of teachers, health and therapeutic professionals here, as we provide formal education and vocational and creative opportunities for young people who are inpatients at Ferndene in Prudhoe, Northumberland.

Our education team pride themselves in making teaching and learning enjoyable as well as meaningful. We endeavour to provide a bespoke curriculum for all young people and are very flexible and considerate to their specific needs. Building positive professional relationships with our students, their families and colleagues here is key to our provision; we link closely with the NHS multidisciplinary team for each young person, and with home schools and local authorities to provide continuity of learning. We also work collaboratively to help plan transitions out of hospital for young people to have the best possible outcomes in terms of education and employ-

ability.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to find out more.

Juliet McGilligan

Department Education Coordinator

Ferndene at Prudhoe is a 29 bed purpose built inpatient NHS centre which provides inpatient assessment and treatment for 12 to 18 year olds with complex mental health,

behavioural and emotional needs including pupils with a learning disability. There are four wards. 

The Wards 

Fraser

 Eight bed unit providing comprehensive assessment and treatment for service users aged from 12-18 years with mental health and developmental needs and mild to moderate learning disability.
 

Stephenson

Seven bed low secure unit providing comprehensive assessment and treatment for service users aged from 14-18 years with mild to moderate learning disability and a requirement for high levels of supervision in a safe environment.
 

Redburn

10 bed unit providing comprehensive assessment and treatment for service users under the age of 18 with early onset psychosis or complex mental health disorders. 

 

PICU

Four bed secure unit providing comprehensive assessment and treatment for service users under the age of 18 with early onset psychosis or complex mental health disorders, providing more intensive nursing support and supervision. 

Teaching 

  • Experienced SEN teachers and support staff
  • Personalised learning opportunities
  • A multidisciplinary approach where communication and learning from other professionals at Ferndene is vital 
  • Regular weekly reviews of progress and learning with the clinical MDT team
  • Bespoke timetables reviewed to reflect learning needs and interests of pupils to gain optimum engagement and achievement in learning despite being in a hospital environment
  • Education Transition Workers who communicate with local authorities as well as schools to ensure links between school, local authority and Ferndene are strong, for robust transition pathways on discharge
  • A broad curriculum to engage all types of learner with different interests: English, Maths, Science, Art, Music, PE, DT, Horticulture, and Humanities
  • Suitable accreditation offers: Functional Skills, Arts Award, AQA Unit Awards, Food Hygiene and First Aid and ASDAN

Contacts 

  • Juliet McGilligan, Department Education Coordinator 
  • Helen McGowan, Assistant Head teacher Staffing and Community Engagement  Tel: 01661 838443 
  • Head of School, Kevin Stafford 
  • Katy Squire, Assistant Head teacher SENCo, Safeguarding and Pupil Welfare 

Tel: 0191 2755111  Email: admin@bridges.newcastle.sch.uk 

Moor Road
Prudhoe
NE42 5PB

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