How to attend a Spaghetti Bridge School 

The children and young people that we work with at Spaghetti Bridge are between the ages of 6-19, they have Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND) and have an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP).

Spaghetti Bridge schools support children and young people with a variety of needs such as, but not exclusively:

  • Children and young people with neurodiversity such as Autism and ADHD.
  • Speech language and communication needs.
  • Social and emotional, mental health needs.
  • Trauma and attachment needs.
  • Mild/moderate learning difficulties.

We understand that children and young people’s needs are often complex and do not neatly fall into primary and secondary areas of needs, so we consider each and every referral to ensure that we are the right group for the child or young person and that we are sure our schools will be able to meet their needs.

The children and young people that are placed with Spaghetti Bridge are supported by the Local Authority to attend. If you feel that a Spaghetti Bridge School in your area is the right place for your child or young person to attend a School, communicate with your Local Authority about the possibility of placement at Spaghetti Bridge and contact the school to learn more about the Spaghetti Bridge approach and whether we feel that we can meet the needs of your child or young person.

To attend a Spaghetti Bridge school, your Local Authority would need to agree to a legal consultation with the school about whether and how the school could meet the needs of your child or young person. The Local Authority will often consult with multiple schools to see who can best meet the needs of your child as outlined in their EHCP.

This would need to be communicated at the end of a 20-week EHCP assessment or following an Annual Review in which you are asking for an amendment of the EHCP as the school your child or young person is attending is no longer meeting their needs and there is a significant change to their needs.

If you have a Final EHCP in place:

 
If you are in the EHCP 20 week process:

 

 

You can also ask for a consultation with our schools through parental preference so that you can see if the school can meet your child or young person’s needs.

In order to ensure that we can meet the needs of all of our students, Spaghetti Bridge schools assess each consultation thoroughly to ensure that we can meet the needs of the children and young people to whom we offer placement and that potential placements at our schools are compatible with our other students.

If you are in dispute about the right placement (Section I of the EHCP) for your child, then you can liaise with your Local Authority and there are legal avenues for this through mediation and appeals to the Tribunal.

Every Local Authority has an Independent Advice and Support Service (IASS) for SEND, and they will be able to support you with information about working with EHCPs and any other worries or concerns you may have. If you google your area IASS services for SEND, you will find their information.

Alternatively, you can find information and support through IPSEA.

https://www.ipsea.org.uk/news/mediation-for-placement-appeals

Parents and carers can call any of our schools for further information and to arrange tours and we hold many open days which are a great way of seeing what we do, with or without your young people. This can be a really important step in getting a sense of what we offer and a feel for our school environment and approach.

A visit to our school and a conversation with our team will also help you to understand our offer so that you can be explicit about how our school could uniquely meet your child or young person’s needs.

There are a number of reasons why we may not be able to support a young person: 
 
  • The age of the learner is not in our designation (6-19)
  • The child or young person has Severe and Profound and Multiple Learning difficulties (SLD or PMLD) or Global Developmental Delay which relates to a delay of 2 years by age 5 or 4 Years by age 10.
  • The child or young person has profound physical needs which cannot be met by adaptations of the environment. 
  • Children and young people for whom the current assessed risk (to themselves or to others) would implicate the other students in the school 

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.