At Anstee Bridge, we support schools to help them meet the needs of Year 11 students who need an alternative to school to encourage them to engage with education. Young people who are referred to us come to the Anstee Bridge Programme for one day a week, while continuing with exam-related work in school, We teach around 24 students in groups of up to eight, guiding them into further education, employment and/or training at the end of Year 11.
Experienced teacher Katherine Greening leads the programme helped by teaching assistant Jason Philips and volunteer supporters. The team work closely with Kingston Youth Support Service, represented by Gary Weston.
Confidence Through Creativity
When they come to us, most students have low self-esteem and suffer from a lack of confidence, whatever their outward behaviour might suggest.
Students study creative subjects, initially working as individuals. The young people are then pulled together as a team to deliver a bigger creative project, helping them attain personal and collective achievements. The students express themselves through a medium new to them, helping to show them that their opinions matter, that their views are listened to and their work is a valuable and important part of a creative communal endeavour. Crucially, their creative projects also develop employability skills so that the students reach their potential using confidence gained through creativity.
Anstee Bridge provides each student with an individual timetable based on creative subjects while they continue to work towards their GCSEs at school.
We draw on the support of a very wide range of people. We work with charities and professionals working in education and children’s services, plus a host of volunteers who can train, coach and inspire the young people, with skills ranging from street musician, poet, actor, stand-up comedian, magician through to police and fire officers and local employers and business to give them an insight into the world of work.
We have links with Kingston and other local colleges, The Princes Trust and E2E.
I wish I can put in words the huge impact that you and your team have made on Simon. I really don't know what you have done but is amazing to see how all of the sudden my son started to believe in himself. A boy whose capacity was always underestimated is now showing his great potential but most importantly he looks happier. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for believing in my son. With my greatest gratitude. Gloria
The Anstee Bridge Programme
Young people who are struggling to engage with education are referred to the Anstee Bridge Programme by their school. They attend one day a week, remaining at school for the other four days.
The programme is designed to provide strategies to help young people cope with daily pressures and school life more effectively including:
We provide a nurturing environment with clear expectations about their behaviour, attitude, attendance and achievement.
Support for post-16 education, training or apprenticeships
We actively encourage and support young people to be able to continue their education to 18 or beyond.
We facilitate visits to colleges and help them understand what traineeships/apprenticeships could be available.
Preparation for work
We support young people by using creativity to build their confidence and self-esteem.
We teach them emotional literacy, along with practical skills for work including:
We provide one to one support to every young person with guidance from local businesses and employers in Kingston.