Head of School


Welcome to the Stephenson Trust post-16 Centre Website, I am proud to be the new Head of School for Bridge Academy, from October 1st 2020. Having worked for Stephenson (MK) Trust since January 2017, I have had the privilege of seeing many young lives turned around, from a place where mainstream education was not working for them, to gaining qualifications and in many cases, returning to mainstream to continue their educational journey.


Our mission to ‘Build Brighter Futures’ has never felt more important than the difficult times we are living through. Bridge Academy, as part of Stephenson MK Trust, has access to a large and experienced therapeutic team. We are actively training our staff to be trauma informed in their practices. Holistic education is very important to us as a team; we need to address the reasons why our young people struggled in mainstream, in order to turn over the stones and make their pathway to adulthood smoother.  Many of our young people move up to Post-16 from both Bridge Academy or Stephenson Academy to improve their core grades and gain valuable work experience to help prepare them for their next steps in life.  We welcome applications from all our of Year 11’s and realise that not all students are ready to make the jump to studying at college or securing an apprenticeship from the end of their formal schooling.  Our Post-16 Centre provides them with a nurturing next step to build their confidence and continue their education.  

Helen Shapter Wheeler
Head of School
Bridge Academy
Telephone:  01908 889410