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TBAP Foundation launch highlights transforming power of Bridge AP Academy in Hammersmith and Fulham

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 11, 2015 | Events

Trustees of the TBAP Foundation recently held an event at the Bridge AP Academy site in Fulham to launch TBAP’s new status as a charitable foundation, as well as outline plans to organise mentoring and work experience opportunities to support their leavers.

Penny Marshall, Social Affairs Editor of ITV News, hosted the event. She has been a volunteer with TBAP since 2014.  Penny says: “TBAP helps and supports some of the most disadvantaged children in London; children who have been excluded from mainstream schools because of their behavioural issues. These are children whose life chances are very poor.  

“Research suggests that as many as one in six children who have been excluded from school will not live to reach their mid-twenties and tragically many of them end up on the streets or in prison. TBAP aims to change that and we want to support the staff as they do that. These are children who live in one of the richest cities of the world, but who have yet to feel any of its advantages or believe in any of its opportunities.” 

One of seven Alternative Provision Academies in the TBAP portfolio - and already twice-rated Outstanding by OFSTED - the Bridge AP Academy will serve up to fifty year 12 and 13 students from September 2016, who have previously been excluded from mainstream school or have special educational needs, but have the ability to go on to further education. 

Current students are already benefitting from the school’s intensive behavioural and educational support from specialist teachers.  The event provided an opportunity to meet some of them and discover the positive impact evidence-based interventions and teaching methods are having, and see examples of their work in a GCSE art exhibition.  

The students' work on display

Executive head teacher, Seamus Oates, says: “TBAP believes in giving a chance to every child.  And we believe in our students and their abilities and dreams, and don’t think they should be denied life’s opportunities because they have had a troubled or disrupted educational experience.”    

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