UWE supports Bridge Learning Campus

Issue date: 07 January 2009

Students at the new Bridge Learning Campus The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) is supporting the Bridge Learning Campus, an innovative learning initiative, based in south Bristol which was launched in September 2008 and which moves into purpose built new buildings in January.

UWE is working with Bristol City Council and City of Bristol College in an educational trust called Trust in Learning which supports the Bridge Learning Campus. The new Campus, one of the first all-through campuses in the country, brings together a former secondary school, Hartcliffe Engineering Community College, a former primary school, Teyfant Community School and New Fosseway Special School – as well as a new 14-19 college centre and adult learning opportunities.

Professor Ron Ritchie and Professor Lynn Raphael Reed (both School of Education, UWE) play key roles in the new initiative. Professor Ron Ritchie has been elected as the Chair of Trustees and Professor Lynn Raphael Reed is both a governor and a Trustee. They will both work closely with the Trust, supporting the work of the Campus and lending their individual expertise to the endeavour, as well as facilitating important links with the University.

The new Campus is the result of years of focused effort to provide a unique educational facility in Hartcliffe which offers an all-through learning experience. In January students from all ages and abilities move into the modern £40 million pound building. The Campus is one of the first purpose-built all-age schools in the country and is developing an innovative approach to an all-through educational experience.

Professor Lynn Raphael Reed says, “The whole community in South Bristol has been working towards this moment for a long time and we have high hopes for this new facility. Our 2006 research for HEFCE into young participation in higher education in Bristol South demonstrated the need for this kind of initiative to link community engagement with educational provision, and to overcome some of the barriers associated with young people's transitions in learning. I am looking forward to working as part of the team who are supporting the Bridge Learning Campus.”

The Bridge learning Campus aims to provide a facility that will enable children and young people to become more successful in their learning, to have improved confidence, resilience and self esteem as learners and to have high expectations of themselves. These outcomes are central to the Government's Every Child Matters agenda.

Professor Ron Ritchie, Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Education says, “Partnerships, such as this one with the new Bridge Learning Campus, illustrate new models of engagement between universities and schools. UWE has been at the forefront of such developments as a key part of its mission related to knowledge exchange and to support education in the region. We are pleased to be actively working with colleagues there to improve the expectations, aspirations and achievements of young people in South Bristol.”


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