About Bridgeway School

Bridgeway School is a co-educational, independent specialist day school providing high quality education for boys and girls. Based in Preston, the school caters for pupils with autism, neuro developmental needs and associated complexities such as, trauma, sensory processing, mental health and speech, language and communication difficulties.

Notification: Coronavirus/COVID-19

We want to reassure parents and carers that as a school we are closely following government guidance concerning the current Coronavirus situation.  We are also regularly monitoring any updates concerning the guidance.  You can view the current government guidance by clicking the button below:

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Our location

Bridgeway is located in Preston, Lancashire. However, pupils who attend our school travel from across the North West region.

We love having visitors and would welcome you to enjoy the Bridgeway experience for yourself. To arrange a visit contact us directly.

To help you plan your journey download our location map here.

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Welcome from the Head Teacher

Welcome to Bridgeway School where our teaching and support staff enthuse passion and are driven to inspire and motivate pupils so that they are equipped with skills and experiences to help them to achieve their goals and ultimately reach their full potential.

Our nurturing environment, culture of respecting everyone, and promotion of tolerance, acceptance and diversity is the perfect backdrop to allow pupils to grow into young adults, who have an understanding of others around them. Our safe and accepting space also allows pupils to express themselves so that they feel part of our community and truly accepted.

We understand that each pupil is different and so are their individual needs. Therefore, to enable them to grow we tailor teaching and learning, making it accessible so that they can flourish and thrive.

We would be delighted to welcome you to the school to see for yourself our very special and inspirational environment and for you to meet our equally inspiring pupils

Sue Gill

We are dedicated to providing:

The highest quality outcomes socially, emotionally and academically through a wide range of personalised opportunities.
Opportunities to prepare pupils to progress to their next stage of development, be it education, employment or training, with enthusiasm, motivation and optimism for the future.
Encouragement and support to enable pupils to become independent, equipped with the skills and qualities to make a positive contribution to society.

Aims and Ethos

At Bridgeway School we are committed to giving our pupils a creative, caring and innovative learning environment for them to achieve their full potential in their education and social communication.


Our School at a Glance

A specialist provision with a dedicated curriculum and tailored environment to meet the needs of pupils with ASD and associated complex needs.
In-school Speech and Language Therapist, Person Centred Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Clinical Psychologist, supported by the wider Witherslack Group Clinical Team.
Key Stage 3 Nurture Group help pupils to transition from primary to secondary school.
Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils with high teacher to pupil ratios.
All pupils have a dedicated Individual Team Around the Child (ITAC) meeting which establishes a truly supportive environment.
Pupils participate in an ongoing school project managed by the Arts Department where they use their artistic skills to contribute to the look and feel of the school.
Elected pupils make up the Pupil Voice Group who regularly meet to discuss ideas to develop the school, with outcomes including the introduction of the School Charter.
Designated Family Liaison Officer to enable consistent communication with parents and carers and to support induction of new pupils.

We are part of Witherslack Group

We are proud to be part of Witherslack Group, the leading provider of inspirational education and care to children and young people, resulting in life changing experiences and countless stories of success.

Witherslack Group provide specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties (autistic spectrum conditions; Asperger’s Syndrome; speech, language and communication needs), ADHD and complex learning needs.