About Us

We are creating positive, inspiring environments where students can re-engage with education.

Welcome

Silver Bridge School is an independent day and special school (DfE registered) which provides individualised and tailored programmes of studies drawing upon our three phase intent curriculum model. Your can read more about our education approach here.

We specialise in supporting students with a range of learning needs, including social, emotional, and mental health difficulties (SEMH), Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), including Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, attachment related and associated behaviours that challenge. All of our students have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) and require additional support to that which is provided in a mainstream setting. 

Ethos

Silver Bridge School takes a creative, individualised approach to learning, centred around well-being and skills for independence.

Values

We have a commitment and passionate belief that through building trust and rebuilding confidence, every young person can reach his or her full potential.

Aims

Silver Bridge School aims to help students to overcome their individual challenges and achieve personal and academic growth. From the time they arrive, we start thinking about where students will be moving to after they leave us to ensure they are well prepared to achieve their goals and succeed

Who are we

Silver Bridge School is part of the Spaghetti Bridge Group

We’re a group of passionate educationalists who have been teaching assistants, teachers, head teachers, and multi-site leaders for schools that have supported children who have additional barriers to learning.

We’ve learned about positive methodology and used this to lead outstanding schools but have never been able to have the absolute freedom to try all of the ideas that we’ve had.

There are aspects to the education system that we feel don’t work for many children for which we would like to change.

Our solution was to set up a new schools group that was built on innovation and research.

We want to try new things, to challenge the status quo of the education system and to positively influence the future ways that things are done.

We passionately believe that all children can achieve and that with the right approach, barriers to progression can be overcome and that everyone can aspire to have a happy and fulfilling life in adulthood.

The Ripple Effect

We challenge the status quo and ask our staff, our leaders, to unlearn what they have learned – to usher in a new and progressive approach to education

We want to influence others to ‘think differently’ about education, to learn about some of the approaches that we know are working well for us, so that other children and young people, who we may never even meet have a better educational experience and progress to have a happier and more fulfilled life.

Claire Knight - Teaching Assistant

Passions

Family/grandchildren and netball

Work Passions

Seeing the students progress and achievements

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

I have had lots of years working in a nursery setting and wanted a new experience. Having a child at home with high needs I wanted to share my abilities to making a difference to other young people

Nadine Bidgway - Teacher

Passions

Playing hockey and going to the gym

Work Passions

Providing students with a fun learning experience

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

Allowing children to thrive in a unique educational environment

Tracie Bond - Designated Safeguarding Lead

Passions
The Gym and binge worthy TV!
Work Passions
Working with young people to overcome barriers and make them smile.
Why Spaghetti Bridge?
Spaghetti Bridge is unique and so are we, a perfect combination!

Margot - Therapy Dog

Passions
I love long walkies and swimming in the river, but my biggest passion… cheese.
Work Passions
Being taught new tricks and being read to. Nothing better than having my tummy rubbed whilst listening to a story.
Why Spaghetti Bridge?
Because everyday is an adventure!

Dan Garbutt - Headteacher

Passions
Playing music, I play the drums and piano. One day I would like to get back to playing in a band!
Work Passions
Being creative. I am always thinking about new and better ways of doing things!
Why Spaghetti Bridge?
Challenging the status quo of the education system. I love being given the tools and the freedom to provide an innovative, sector changing approach to education in best interests of our students, to allow them to reach their full potential and to change the world.

Joe Karchud - Teacher

Passions

Guitar, singing, songwriting, recording and production. I also really enjoy the outdoors, spending quality time with my family, learning to surf, exploring different beaches, BBQing amazing food in all sorts of weathers and meeting new people.

Work Passions

My passion in work is finding alternative approaches to really making students think deeper & differently about things. Building growth mindsets, making connections, asking questions, taking it apart and seeing how/ if something works if we change up the method… Most of all, it has to be leading students on a journey to become ambitious, skilled and integral members of their community.

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

I’ve worked with young people for nearly 15 years and my adventure has now led me into one of the most important parts of my career. I have found a fantastic company that is also on a mission to provide meaningful, experiential and purposeful education for kids that think so creatively and differently- that they disrupt the ideology of conventional education. Spaghetti Bridge activates staff to be ahead of the curve of what 21st Century learning should look like for neurodiverse, unique and creative students, so that our young people can aspire to lead successful lives filled with ambition, confidence and the skills to make a positive difference in the world.

Luke Curtis - Teaching Assistant

Passions

Football.

Work Passions

To give the young people the feeling of being included and wanted. To give them the best possible chance of a successful future.

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

The alternative curriculum and focus and young people being community ready is a real drive to want to help in that process and be a positive influence on their future.

Bob Blaker - Teacher

Passions
Being outside, hiking, exploring and experiencing.
Work Passions
Sharing practical skills and seeing students become proficient and independent in using them.
Why Spaghetti Bridge?
The ethos, the community and environment.

Danni Del Rio - Teaching Assistant 

Passions
Eating out with friends, socialising, walking my dog.
Work Passions
Helping students to be the best they can be and to achieve their goals.
Why Spaghetti Bridge?
Mainstream wasn’t for me and I like the way we think outside the mainstream box.

Chris Fitzsimmons

Passions
Sports, family and dogs.
Work Passions
Making a difference.
Why Spaghetti Bridge?
I understand why they are doing what they do and just want to be a part of it.

Natalie Locke - Teacher

Passions
Running and Yoga
Work Passions
Building relationships with the students
Why Spaghetti Bridge?
For the holistic approach to education, which focusses on the whole person, and the culture of the schools. Everyone gets on with everyone and it is a lovely place to work!

Hannah Griffin - Teacher

Passions
How honest am I supposed to be? xD
Work Passions
I love working with our young people, they have all these beautiful personalities, and it’s fantastic watching them find themselves and start to put it to good use!
Why Spaghetti Bridge?
I believed in and related too the change Spaghetti Bridge was trying to create!

Tanya Bell - Relational Support Lead 

Passions
I love cooking and eating good food and drink; attempting to play the guitar (badly!), Millwall FC and my dog, Ted!
Work Passions
I am passionate about our students, building strong relationships and seeing them become more confident, finding interests they never realised they had and engaging in education.
Why Spaghetti Bridge?
Spaghetti Bridge gives an opportunity to teach and support every student as an individual, we are not restricted to basic subjects and can explore what our students are passionate about.

Staff name and role

Passions

I love to cook, create and experiment with different flavours in the kitchen… bake off here I come!

Work Passions

Helping the young people understand the emotions they experience throughout daily life and helping them overcome barriers to learning.

Why Spaghetti Bridge?
It is unlike any other school I have ever worked in, we are given the freedom to do what is required to enable our young people to learn and access their curriculum. I love the unique relationships that are built with each and every student throughout the school and every young person is treated as an individual.

Hannah Elizabeth - Teacher

Passions

Music, Singing, Performing!

Work Passions

Unlocking young people’s musical potential!

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

Creative flexibility, no wrong answers, creative expression through hands on opportunities, potential to make a big difference to a young persons future

Kevin Symons - Vocational Lead

Passions

Hiking and wild camping in the great outdoors.

Work Passions

Offering alternative learning outside of the base rooms.

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

Spaghetti Bridge meets with my own passions, which I can pass through to others.

Andy Coulthard - Teacher

Passions

Getting outdoors! Eating out! Good beer!

Work Passions

Helping students to achieve their full potential.

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

The ethos and enthusiasm of the staff team to get the best outcomes for the students.  

Kate McCarthaigh - Curriculum Co-ordinator

Passions

Art, music, creative expression and celebration.

Work Passions

Supporting young people in discovering their passion.

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

Because there’s nothing more exciting than a positive rebellion.

Rachel Cottrell - Teacher 

Passions

Cooking & knitting, but not at the same time!

Work Passions

Understanding the emotions of the young people I work with and how to support them to be in this world.

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

Where else? It fits my philosophy perfectly!

Fiona Clark - Teacher

Passions

Anything outdoorsy and active, good food and traveling the world!

Work Passions

Incidental learning: Anything outdoorsy, outdoor education, sports sessions, Bob forest time, cooking.

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

The people, the passion, the vision.

Karen Marsden - Receptionist

Passions

Family, cooking, nail technician.

Work Passions

Making a difference to our young people’s day.

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

The ethos of our school is all about the students’ wellbeing, care and happiness.

Keita Shirley - Relational Support Lead

Passions
Upcycling furniture and clothes. Wild swimming.
Work Passions

Cooking with students.

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

Because it’s a place that adapts to allow everyone to bloom.

Daisy John - Education
Co-ordinator

Passions

Oof tricky – gardening and visiting gardens.

Work Passions

From admissions perspective, speaking to and supporting parents who are lost and struggling through systems and processes that comes with having a child with additional needs. Forming relationships with students who are overcoming so many barriers to be in education.

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

Easy – it’s student led and student focussed.

Elle Goddard - Curriculum Co-ordinator

Passions

Music, netball, family and friends!

Work Passions

Spending time and getting to know all of our learners to make a difference in their lives.

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

The learners, the staff and the unique approach to education is the reason I enjoy coming to work!

Mary House - Business Manager

Passions

The gym, followed closely by eating!

Work Passions

Making Silver Bridge School the best place to be for staff and students!

Why Spaghetti Bridge?

The students. The staff.