Learning and Teaching
At The Bridge Academy our ambition is to create an outstanding learning environment for students, staff and the local community. Every aspect of the school, from the design of the building to the curriculum and staff has been carefully considered with this objective in mind. Our staff are first-class professionals and make learning enjoyable and stimulating, ensuring every student achieves their best.
The Bridge Academy teaches a broad and rich curriculum. Music and Mathematics are the subject specialisms and complement each other. They create pathways across the curriculum and make connections with a wide range of subjects. Music, complemented by a range of creative and performing arts such as dance and drama, is creating a vibrant and positive school community. The state-of-the-art performance hall in our building on Laburnum Street is at the centre of many school and other performances which excite and enrich the community.
Mathematics is a very important skill for modern life and is a building block for understanding the world, a foundation for higher education and future employment. The Bridge Academy strives for continuous improvement in attainment in Mathematics and to develop students’ interest in and enthusiasm for Mathematics regardless of their abilities. Students are given opportunities to use and apply the Mathematics they learn through a mathematically rich curriculum which embraces all aspects of school life. Good practice is shared across curriculum areas. Extensive and well-considered use of ICT supports Mathematics learning. The Academy works in partnership with local schools to provide new opportunities for students to engage with Mathematics, such as the borough-wide Mathematics Challenge which, in partnership with Queen Mary, University of London has run for the last two years and involves other secondary schools in Hackney.
Music is an excellent partner with Mathematics and helps to promote self-discipline and self-esteem. All students take Music from their first year at the Academy and learn a musical instrument. The Academy has a series of excellent music rooms with a wide range of instruments and facilities for study and rehearsal. Students are also able to use new technologies to compose and perform Music for a wide range of mediums. The Academy stages a regular programme of performances, including performing arts productions, and our students represent the Academy through participation in local, national and international festivals. In summer 2009 the Bridge Academy and UBS Choir participated in the City Sings Event at The Barbican Centre. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to >experience performing in a flagship arts venue. The Academy also staged its own production of Bugsy Malone. Close partnerships with leaders in the fields of Mathematics and Music combined with the first-class facilities, such as the Music studio and ICT resources, give the school the opportunity to be a centre of excellence in these subjects.
Using new technology
The Academy provides a secure Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) via the internet which students, parents and carers can access. The VLE assists with learning as it is available to our students whether they are in the Academy or logging on via the internet at home. Unique passwords mean that parents and carers can keep track of their child’s work, see what their child is learning and how they are making progress. Homework assignments will also be available online so that parents and carers can see what is expected of their child. Parents and carers are kept informed of all Academy events and developments through our newsletter and the Academy calendar published on the VLE.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2012 14:43