Pupils helped to aim high at Boston’s Bridge House

Head teacher Carl Smith with star pupil Charlotte Pengelly
Head teacher Carl Smith with star pupil Charlotte Pengelly

Bosses at an independent specialist school in Boston are delighted with the successes of its pupils who have overcome adversity to get impressive exam results.

Bridge House Independent School saw 95 per cent of its pupils who sat GCSEs achieve the Government benchmark of five A*-C grades.

The school, which opened in 2012 and was graded ‘good’ by Ofsted in 2013, caters for youngsters who have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

Curriculum manager Joe Hardstaff was delighted with this year’s results.

He told The Standard: “This demonstrates the progress our school is making. We have a large proportion of pupils who are significantly disadvantaged, encompassing a variety of Special Educational Needs.

“As a small, specialist, behavioural school we have placed great emphasis on developing our curriculum around formal GCSE, rather than vocational, qualifications.

“Our pupils have responded to this opportunity 

Head teacher Carl Smith, was also full of praise for his students – and says the small school is matching the achievements by its mainstream counterparts.

He added: “We are very pleased with the results, as we have also seen a significant increase in A*-C grades. Many of our students arrive disengaged from learning, low in confidence and with few aspirations. We encourage them to set high standards and expectations for themselves, and all school leavers will continue with education or enter into training.

“Bridge House is already a leading school within the SEN setting, and we believe we are closing the gap on mainstream establishments.”