Stephenson (MK) Trust currently comprises three distinct elements.
Stephenson Academy, supports young people aged 11-16 with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) where their principal need is Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH).
Bridge Academy is a secondary Alternative Provision Academy and we also run 16-19 provision for young people with EHCPs for SEMH and also who attended Alternative Provision. All our centres cater for both male and female students.
Stephenson Academy, based in the north of Milton Keynes, was the first sponsored Special School Academy in the country, opening its doors on 1st April 2012. Our sponsors are St Paul’s Catholic School, a local secondary school in Milton Keynes and SERCO a national provider of educational services. The vast majority of our students come from Milton Keynes but we do have a small number of students from neighbouring Local Authorities.
We have specialist teaching staff in all core areas of the curriculum plus vocational subjects. In 2012-13 over £2m was spent on refurbishing the main school and since then we have put in place a bespoke motor vehicle facility and a hair and beauty salon with treatment rooms, costing in the region of £300k that model real workplaces and show our commitment to vocational learning. We have adopted a pathways approach to the curriculum so that student’s interests and abilities are catered for in a wide range of ways.
Our focus on teaching and learning is supported by strong therapeutic inputs from a staff group that include a range of Psychological Therapists and Family Support Staff. This is important also given the changes in SEN categorisations with the move towards Social, Emotional and Mental Health. Our therapeutic team works across all our settings and we believe it is important that therapists are on hand at our sites to support where needed. At its most recent inspection in late 2018 Stephenson Academy was judged to be good in all areas by Ofsted.
In October 2013 the Trust welcomed Bridge Alternative Provision Academy, into the fold. Spread across three sites across Milton Keynes. One centre, Bridge Academy Central, caters for students at Key Stage 4. Bridge Academy South supports Key Stage 3 students whilst Bridge Academy West provides support for secondary aged students with a range of medical needs. There is also the Refocus programme, run from Bridge Academy South, for Key Stage 3 students identified as being at early risk of exclusion from mainstream schooling. Bridge Academy has developed from the continuum of support developed by Milton Keynes Secondary Inclusion Partnership, comprising all twelve mainstream secondary schools and the Local Authority. At its last inspection in early 2019 Bridge Academy was judged to be good in all areas by OfSTED.
In September 2019 we opened a new Post 16 centre. Based in a new state of the art building, costing over £1m this centre caters for up to 40 young people aged 16-19 and it is very much focussed on supporting our young people to be successful in the next stages in their lives, be that further study or the world of work.
Dr Neil Barrett
Stephenson (MK) Trust
Telephone: 01908 889400