The Bridge Charity

The Bridge Charity

What we do

The Bridge Charity works to provide for investigation and innovation in special education. Money raised through the charity also helps to develop resources across The Bridge London Trust,  which cannot be funded within conventional school funding formulas. Our charity was originally founded in 1989 and called The Bridge School Parent Staff Association. Our purpose, then and now, is to enhance the learning experience of all of our children and young people across the Trust and to be a pioneer in the research and innovation which comes from working with these amazing students.

Our pupils have very complicated needs. We are committed to working side by side with parents and in a truly integrated way with other professionals. We seek new strategies so that we can find the best possible way to educate all of the pupils in our school.

Corporate Responsibility

Corporate partnership helps us to grow and transform our charity activities. Your corporation could fundraise for us, attend or sponsor an event or volunteer with us. Sponsoring The Bridge Charity could help to:

  • Promote positive PR for your company
  • Create a responsible corporate image
  • Extend your reach to potential new business through our website and marketing
  • Help to support the vital work of a pioneering network of schools!

As well as financial support we also appreciate pro bono work and gifts in kind.

Email for more information. 

Our Charity details

The Bridge Charity has a Board of Trustees, who oversee the work completed across this branch of the organisation. They ensure that all charitable endeavours are managed in accordance with good practice and guidelines set by HM Government and the Charities Commission. The charity trustees meet once per term.

Please email for more information. 

Mr John Dixon
Chair of Trustees
251 Hungerford Road
Islington, N7 9LD

Dr Penny Barratt
Trustee / Executive Headteacher (CEO)

Our registered charity number is 801885.

Recent Success

The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers
Suffolk Saunter 2022
Olly, Jack and Ben
Lord’s Taverners Outdoor Spaces Grant
Thank you NISA
Cloudesley Foundation Anniversary Grant

The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers and our Forest School

With a fantastic, generous and supportive donation awarded by The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers; Mary Kitson, Stephen Jedburgh and Geoffrey Cannell, we can develop our Forest School even further, with new plans for landscaping including planters, ponds and Bug Hotels!

Thank you Fan Makers!

25 years.......and counting

Suffolk Saunter 2022

On 25th June this year, our relationship with the fabulous people at Woodbridge School, combined with the overarching Seckford Foundation, extended to an astounding TWENTY FIVE years!

The usual route between Woodbridge School [Suffolk] and The Bridge in Islington has been curtailed in recent times due to COVID but the unphased and determined Woodbridgians simply found an alternative route to continue their support. The birth of The Suffolk Saunter ……

This year, up to 75 cyclists set off at 07.00 from Woodbridge School on one of two routes around Suffolk, covering either 79 miles or 60 miles, and returning to the school by 17.00. Stunning!!

Over £250,000 has been raised for the children across our Trust through these annual pilgrimages and the unstinting generosity of those taking part, their families, colleagues and friends.

This year, to celebrate the 25th anniversary we have created the Michael Streat & Woodbridge Special Teaching Award – a bursary for those graduates across our Trust aiming to take the final step to becoming teachers in achieving Qualified Teacher Status.  These are often individuals that have completed their degrees without having a defined career path, and having worked in our schools as Teaching Assistants, reached an epiphany …… ‘I can do this, I can make a difference EVERY day, this is where I want to be’.

Michael Streat is the finest individual! He was Deputy Headteacher at Woodbridge until quite recently and has taken something of a step back in his role there to further enjoy pursuits and the beauty around him.  I truly don’t believe those pursuits will be entirely ‘leisurely’ considering the mettle and drive of this man.  Following the first set of restrictions in 2020, we were all resigned to the fact that there was to be an inevitable pause in our long-standing relationship and tradition. Actually, not quite ‘all’ were resigned.  That was the year Michael came up with a new plan.  To ride 200km solo from Chelmsford to London, touch the gates of The Bridge and then turn around and head back – accompanied for a leg of the journey by two of our parents [both named John …. one who is Chair of our charity and another who is a long-standing Parent Governor at The Bridge].  Herculean!

Michael was the very first visitor from Woodbridge to our Bridge School 25 years ago and he was also the catalyst for many, many more.  From that first year, he organized annual visits for up to 15 sixth formers to gain an insight into our Special World for up to a week.  The experience of working in class, supporting our young people and learning from our class teachers and teaching assistants was awe inspiring and indeed life changing for many.  Possibly life changing because they would also camp on our sports hall floor at night and then clear away each morning first thing, ready to start the day!  We sincerely hope to resume these truly valued visits over the next academic year. 

Throughout the years so many of the young Woodbridgians have supported us through their own endeavours and cycle challenges, but are now also coming to join us as teaching assistants or volunteers, something we are genuinely hoping to further develop as part of our special relationship.

So, to Woodbridge, to everyone that has taken part and/or contributed so generously, THANK YOU from everyone at The Bridge for making such a difference to the lives of our young people. AND especially to Michael, the man that made it all happen, we salute you and thank you for everything that you have done for our young people and for the young people of Woodbridge!!  That’s simply thanks and not farewell …….

A special thanks also to Andy [Garvie] at Woodbridge who took up the reins/handlebars for this year’s Suffolk Saunter – seamlessly coordinated and another superb event on this auspicious anniversary, not to mention the incredible donations.  AND it’s not too late to show your appreciation for everyone’s efforts by pushing the total over the £5k mark.  Please, simply follow the link below if you would like to show your support;

Olly, Jack and Ben go the extra mile in support of The Bridge London Charity

Our amazing supporters completed a Woodbridge to Edinburgh Charity bike ride covering a 450 mile journey over 5 days, a real challenge!


Lord's Taverners Outdoor Spaces Grant

We are thrilled to have been supported by the Lord’s Taverners in 2017 who gave us a grant to install some fantastic play equipment into The ILS garden. The project was completed in the summer term of 2018, and our pupils are delighted with the transformation!

In October 2018, we were honoured to welcome Sir Michael Parkinson and representatives of the Lord’s Taverners to The ILS, to see first hand how we utilised the grant to create an exciting outdoor space for our pupils. Staff and pupils alike truly appreciated the visit, and the opportunity to thank our supporters personally.information on this project.


Thank you NISA

Our local NISA store on York Way has very generously made The Bridge their very first nomination in the groups national charity scheme! That’s £1000 toward resources for our children.  Making a Difference Locally [MADL] is a charity launched to help independently run, local Nisa stores add value to their communities by allowing them to nominate charities or good causes that are local to them.

The charity helps Nisa stores raise money through the sale of certain products in-store, including all of Nisa’s own-label Heritage range. Every time an item included in the scheme is purchased (look out for the MADL logo), a proportion of the price is added to the store’s MADL fund and this is then donated to good causes in that store’s local area.  THANK YOU so much to store owner, Haroon and Store Manager, Sophia for truly Making a Difference.


Cloudesley Foundation Anniversary Grant

The Bridge Secondary School has recently been in receipt of a traverse wall for their playdeck, thanks to a successful grant application to the Cloudesley Foundation.

Recreational space within our purpose built school buildings are extremely limited, whilst a large number of our young people are tremendously energetic. They require a range of physical outlets to support their sensory, health and well-being needs.

Climbing supports child development in a number of ways and without the assistance and generous support of the Cloudesley Foundation, our young people would not now be cherishing a new safe space in which they challenge themselves; play both alone and collaboratively; grow, exercise and develop their movement and well being. 


Past Events

Spring Concert 2022

Spring Concert 2022

We would love to say a massive thank you to the London Medical Orchestra for their brilliant performance at St. Mellitus Church in support of our charity. The orchestra played Strauss, Mozart and Elgar, and the audience seemed thoroughly entertained, thanking us as they left after the concert.

Thank you LMO!

Our Supporters

  • We live in a time of significant advances in our understanding of therapies, education techniques and technology to help children and young people with autism, severe learning difficulties (SLD) and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). Unfortunately, these are costly. Our fundraising aims to give our students the best chance in life and to fulfil their true potential through a range of innovative projects. Please help us to achieve this by supporting our work and helping us to raise £1m over the next 2 years.

    Dr Penny Barratt
  • I know the importance education has on a child and how sometimes ambition and aspirations with children are not always achieved. I fully support the work of The Bridge School in improving the life chances of children with learning disabilities and am honoured to be an Ambassador.

    Jermaine Jenas
    Footballer, Supporter and Friend to The Bridge London
  • The Tallow Chandlers are pleased to be able to support the Bridge School’s fundraising campaigns with its aims to advance the education of pupils at The Bridge School and to promote and share best practice across the UK. The Tallow Chandlers have had a sponsor governor at The Bridge School for the past 10 years. I recall a particular highlight of the companies association with the school was in November 2006 when students, parents and staff joined the livery company in the Lord Mayor’s parade and a most enjoyable time was had by all. The Tallow Chandlers wish The Bridge School every success in hitting its target

    Brigadier Roy Wilde CBE
    Clerk to the Tallow Chandlers and Friend to The Bridge
  • The Variety Club is delighted to support the Bridge School, with its objective’s to improve the lives of disabled children and to share best practice. The Variety Club has been associated with The Bridge School since 2005 when the school took delivery of its first Sunshine Coach. The Variety Club is dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people who need our help. We do this by raising funds for specialist minibuses, wheelchairs, sports equipment, hospital wards, and all sorts of other practical solutions that enable individuals, projects and organisations across the UK to give a wider range of opportunities to the children in their care. On behalf of Variety Club we wish The Bridge School every success in achieving its goals.

    Malcolm Brenner
    Chief Barker The Variety Club Children's Charity and Friend to The Bridge London
  • The Lord’s Taverners is dedicated to giving young people a sporting chance so we are delighted to be able to help The Bridge Charity with this new equipment. The new sensory room and playground equipment will have a huge impact on the teachers, carers, families and young people who already benefit from The Bridge Charity, and will further enhance the learning experience and future development of those involved.

    Paul Robin
    Chief Executive for The Lord's Taverners and Friend to The Bridge Charity
  • The Seckford Foundation and Woodbridge School are delighted to support The Bridge School. Staff, pupils, parents, governors and friends of Woodbridge School have been undertaking an annual one-hundred-mile cycle ride between our two Schools for over 10 years now, raising funds to benefit the pupils of The Bridge School. Just as importantly, Woodbridge Sixth Formers visit the Bridge School for three days twice a year to work as classroom assistants – with the children of both schools benefiting enormously from the friendships formed and understanding gained. The Seckford Foundation and Woodbridge School wholeheartedly support The Bridge School and all that it seeks to achieve.

    Michael Streat
    Deputy Head Teacher Woodbridge School and Friend to The Bridge London