About Anstee Bridge
Anstee Bridge is part of Achieving for Children Education Services, a social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils to provide their children’s services, providing targeted help and support to children and families in need.
The project was set up in 2008 as an alternative education provision for year 11 students aged 15-16 in local Kingston schools who have become disengaged with education. Our founder is Katherine Greening, an experienced teacher who was unhappy at seeing young people fail in conventional education when she believed that, with a little creativity and a great deal of encouragement and support, they could be helped to succeed.
Anstee Bridge Today
We now provide an alternative learning programme for young people facing emotional challenges that cause them to disengage in education.
Faced with the most challenging of life situations, our young people struggle to cope with the pressures of formal education and are at risk of slipping out of the system.
We support 24 young people each year who attend the programme one day a week. Every young people is given a bespoke and personalised learning programme designed to help them achieve the things that matter most to them.
Our programme comprises:
- One-to-one emotional support to deal with the emotional impact of the situation they find themselves in. This is led by Katherine Greening, who is a trained counsellor.
- Coaching towards finding a post-16 destination through one-to-one sessions with our teaching assistant Laura Jarvis.
- Holistic life skills workshops covering issues from healthy eating to good sexual health. These are led by local providers and hand-picked motivational speakers to inspire our students to work towards what matters most to them.
- A programme of creative activities and projects to build confidence and increase mental well-being. These are led by carefully-chosen artists who recognise the benefits of arts on mental health, and who co-create work with our students to make a realistic and sustainable impact on their well-being first and foremost.
Over the years, we have been proud to witness the extraordinary benefits of this work. Young people who have been disengaged discover that it is possible to achieve and find a life worth living.