Bridge Learning Campus
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Its construction was completed in December 2008, opening to students the following January. It was officially opened by The Princess Royal in October 2009. The BLC, as an all through school, enjoys a rare identity as one of only a handful of schools in the UK where a child can begin and end their entire school career within the same establishment. There are many potential benefits to this approach, both operationally for the school and ultimately for the educational progress of the pupils.
The BLC has incorporated the secondary school formerly known as Hartcliffe Engineering Community College, and also the former Teyfant Community Primary School. The BLC (or "The Bridge" as it has become known) has been constructed as part of the former Labour Government's Building Schools for the Future programme (since scrapped). Additionally, New Fosseway Special School also re-located to the new site in 2009, joining the campus organisation.
One of the key drivers for the establishment of the BLC is the need to improve educational standards in the Hartcliffe area, particularly at secondary school levels. There is little doubt that standards have increased for the school, as GCSE results have risen year-on-year for the Bridge Learning Campus Secondary since 2005.
The staff within the new campus are determined to innovate. There is still a distinction between the primary and secondary areas of the campus, however due to an introduction of a phasing system, pupils are no longer educated based on their age. Rather, pupils in all phases will be in classes based on their ability. The adoption of this phasing system has been recognised by Ofsted in their most recent inspection of the secondary phases as a positive development, and also during a visit by former Secretary of State Ed Balls.
The original Hartcliffe School was built in the 1960s and was home to over 2400 students on the site now occupied by the BLC. The original school was built to serve new housing which replaced bomb damaged properties during the post-World War II period and at the time it was one of the largest schools in the country. The original buildings have since been demolished as part of the rebuild.
It was proposed to convert to an academy on 1 November, 2012. This was pushed back to 1 December, 2012, followed by 1 January, 2013, then 1 February, 2013, then again until 1 March, 2013.