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The Bridge Easton - new special school for cognition and learning

The Bridge Easton welcomed its first 50 children on Monday 23 January 2023. It has capacity for 170 children and young people aged four to 19 with cognition and learning needs and will have a specialist base for learners with autism. It will increase its cohort to 98 children and young people by September this year and will continue to increase the number of students according to its growth plan until it reaches full capacity.

The school has modern spacious classrooms, specialist therapy rooms, extensive outdoor space including a multi-surface sports area and individual outside spaces for all primary classes.  

The curriculum is focused on providing a wide range of relevant experience and knowledge, cross-referenced to the national curriculum, and adapted to meet the needs of the children in each class with teaching styles and activities modified accordingly. 

The school was funded by the Department for Education following a successful bid to the Government's free school programme by Norfolk County Council as part of its £120 million five-year special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) transformation programme to create 500 new specialist education places. It was delivered by modular building experts Portakabin. 

The school is part of The Bridge MAT. Find out more on the Bridge Easton web page. (opens new window)

All places are commissioned and funded by Norfolk County Council. New admissions are through a county admissions panel. No waiting lists are in operation at this time. 

Visit the Admissions process for special schools and specialist colleges page to find out more about the special school admissions process.

This image is an early design for this school and remains subject to change