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Our award-winning partnership with UBS is based on a shared ambition to build a continuous programme that gives students, staff and UBS employees superb opportunities to work and learn together, and have a positive impact on student achievements, attainment and personal development.

Through a combination of volunteer time and financial resource, the support from UBS (a global financial services firm) has a valuable impact on our students.

Examples include:


UBS helps us to offer a richly academic, varied and exciting curriculum.

UBS volunteers help to bring Mathematics to life through activities such as Risky Business at Key Stage 3, and A Level Mathematics workshops e.g. how differentiation is used on the trading floor.  The weekly Mathematics Breakfast Club provides regular support for selected Year 7s, while A Level Mathematics students benefit from Mathematics mentors who are graduates in the subject.

Additional funding enables Bridge students to benefit from a range of opportunities including collaborations with the Barbican and London Symphony Orchestra.

As part of our partnership, at Key Stage 3, every student can learn a musical instrument, perform as part of a large ensemble, and watch a live music performance.

Our Music Department has exceptional facilities providing a professional and hi-tech space for our students to rehearse and perform:  an acoustically designed state of the art 370 seater Performance Hall containing first-class sound and lighting equipment, a high-quality acoustic recording suite; a Mac suite and music technology lab.


Students benefit from unique opportunities and links with professionals and specialists, and 'real-life' insights, that broaden horizons and enhance the curriculum beyond that which can normally be offered by a school.

Specialist support

  • French and Spanish GCSE language students benefit from subsidised trips to France and Spain, and language support from fluent speakers
  • All Year groups benefit from our collaboration with Laburnum Boat Club

Sixth Form students benefit from:

  • Mentoring support from Mathematics and Physics graduates
  • Maths workshops on the use of statistics in business, how differentiation is use on the trading floor, and with experts in quantitative analysis
  • IT experts connect classroom learning to the workplace, and provide specialist work placements
  • Insights from UBS economists
  • Geography workshop on tackling climate change by UBS sustainability experts.  UBS's 5 Broadgate Office won UK Most Sustainable Building of the Year Award 2017.

Superb resources

Funds from UBS have been invested in digital technology, making Bridge a great place to learn.

Recent investments include specialist equipment for Art, Drama, and Design and Technology.

Our cutting edge Sixth Form building provides a dedicated space for Year 12 and 13 students, and has an additional suite of Macs with industry standard software for our Media courses.

The IT facilities are used by Open University students for their Cisco course, and we use them to run coding clubs for local primary schools and adult IT courses.


Funding from UBS means that we have our own full-time Higher Education and Careers Manager - few schools can provide this.

Additional funding also enables us to work with a range of incredible organisations including The Brokerage, ELBA, Future First, Hackney Careers Collaborative, Inspire!, Pathways Careers Training and Mentoring, Pure Potential, The Skills Builder Partnership, SportInspired, and Tower Hamlets EBP who help us to inspire our students, ensure the volunteers contribute effectively, and provide exciting experiences to develop our students' knowledge of future opportunities and to improve their employability skills.

The partnership with UBS provides our students with regular contact with the world of work in a variety of ways including assemblies, structured employability and enterprise workshops, employer visits and talks, career sector evenings, insights from apprentices and Bridge Alumni, curriculum support, mentoring, mock interviews and CV feedback.  Volunteers also lead initiatives designed to challenge stereotypes, encourage more female students to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and highlights the range of digital careers and the importance of technology to most careers.

Work Experience

Research shows that work experience has enormous impact.

Students say it informs their thinking about careers and gives them access to working role models.  Every year UBS provides 20-30 placements for Year 10 and 12 students, and funds Inspire! to help students find quality placements.

40% of Year 13 leavers have had work placements at UBS.

Two former students joined UBS as apprentices in 2018; one joined as a school leaver in 2015 and has been promoted three times; and another joined the graduate trainee programme in 2017 and has also been promoted.  All did work experience at UBS while at The Bridge Academy.


Our unique partnership with UBS means that we can offer a remarkable range of opportunities for our students to pursue and develop their interests, contribute to the community, and nurture their creativity, and artistic sporting talents and develop the personal attributes they need to succeed in later life.

Our aim is to help students develop new skills, enhance student learning, and enjoy new experiences.

With funds from UBS, Bridge offers a wide range of activities for students including:  Debating Society from Year 7, Duke of Edinburgh Award from Year 9, Sixth Form dinners at UBS and Envision's Community-Apprentice programme for Year 12s.


We provide extensive support to the students responding to their diverse learning and social needs.

We want all our students to receive the academic and pastoral support they need to succeed.

Our staff work with students, individually and in groups, to ensure full access to learning.  They are supported by our in-house Key Stage 3 counselling service run by Place2Be - the leading children's mental health charity which helps to improve the emotional well-being of students, families, teachers and school staff.  Since 2010 UBS employees have raised over £350,000 for Place2Be at the Bridge - enabling them to provide counselling services three days a week to Bridge students.
UBS fundraising also supports the ARC which provides selected students with additional support and guidance to ensure they realise their potential.  For a number of Bridge students the ARC provision is transformational.

Each year students from Years 7-8 improve their Reading and Maths skills at the weekly Breakfast Clubs support by UBS volunteers.

UBS funds specialist support for essential skills from Hackney Pirates and Ministry of Stories.

Every day we see the benefits to students and staff of this exceptional partnership with UBS.  Student's lives are being changed because of it.

Find out more about how our unique partnership with UBS adds a special dimension to our students' lives.


Mr Chris Brown

Vice Principals:
Kelly Harris (KS3)
Paddy Cassidy (KS4)
Alison Underwood (Sixth Form)
Jennifer Evans

Finance &
Resources Director:

Ken Robb