FAQ for parents

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions from parents whose child is starting at Bridgeview Special School.

If you can’t find the answer to your query on this page, don’t hesitate to contact the school admin team.

The school day starts with personalised learning at 8:40am. Morning lessons continue until 11:30am, when the children break for playtime and lunch. Afternoon lessons begin at 12:45pm. The school day ends at 3:00pm (1:30pm on Thursdays).

Lunch can be provided at school where there will be a hot meal or a cold alternative at the salad bar. Your child has the option of bringing a packed lunch on a Friday if they would prefer. Please refer to our packed lunch guide for suitable food for sending to school.

You can buy Bridgeview polo shirts and jumpers at the school office, where you will find more information about pricing. Children will also need black or grey trousers and sensible outdoor shoes. They may also wear soft soled indoor shoes if they prefer.

An individual PE kit will be provided for your child that will be kept in school for him/her to use in their weekly PE session, so you do not need to send one in with your child.

Staff will endeavour to find any lost items of clothing, but to ensure that this does not happen please write or stitch your child’s name into their uniform, particularly jumpers. If an item of clothing does get lost, simply contact the school and we will do our best to find it.

You will receive regular newsletters and notices with information about what’s going on in the school. You can receive these by letter or by signing up to our email notification system, ParentMail.

We would discourage parents and carers from contacting their class teacher in the morning, as they will be busy preparing learning resources for the school day. It is better to call with any queries after 3:00pm. Class staff will call home regularly with updates about your child’s progress and learning.

There are plenty of ways parents can get involved at Bridgeview. Look out in the newsletter for Café Venn dates, parent workshops and special events!

“Reading is a strength of the school.
Pupils read widely and fluently and have many opportunities to read.”


“Pupils make rapid and sustained progress from their starting points, often reaching standards above those expected for their age.”


“Pupils make positive progress in both writing and mathematics and across the wider curriculum. “


“Outstanding leadership has led to rapid improvements in all areas of the school since the last inspection.”


“Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning. They are very well prepared for their next
steps in both education and life. “


“Links with other schools in the trust enable leaders to check the accuracy of their judgements and share good practice. “