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. 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 benefits to this approach, both operationally for the school and ultimately for the educational progress of the pupils.
BLC has incorporated the secondary school formerly known as Hartcliffe Engineering Community College, and also the former Teyfant Community Primary School. 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 (now 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 BLC is the need to improve educational standards in the Hartcliffe area, particularly at secondary school level. There is little doubt that standards have increased for the school, as GCSE results have risen year-on-year for 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 not now educated based on their chronological age. For example, pupils in any phase will be in classes based on their ability; for example a phase 3 class in any subject may contain a number of pupils from years 6,7 and 8. 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 the 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 BLC. The original school was built to serve new housing which replaced bomb damaged property 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 is proposed to convert to an Academy on 1 November 2012. This was then pushed back to 1 December 2012 followed by 1 January 2013 then 1 February 2013 then again until 1 March 2013.