Dr. Penny Barratt is Chief Executive of The Bridge London Trust. The Trust presently has four schools, The Bridge School caters for students with autism and/or severe learning difficulties. It has a primary and secondary site catering for 205 pupils. The Integrated Learning Space caters for 26 pupils between the ages of 7 and 19 with autism and complex needs. The Satellite Provision is two resource bases for pupils with autism but who struggle to access mainstream provision. These two bases form one school. The Trust has also taken on a mainstream Primary School which was placed in special measures. The Trust has also been approved to open a school in Norfolk. This will be al all age special school for pupils with complex needs and will be based in Norwich.
Penny has worked in the field of special education for over 35 years, both in the USA and in England. She has held a wide variety of roles working with children and young people of all ages, in both mainstream and specialist settings.
Penny has been involved with a number of working groups at the Department of Education, she sat on the leadership group of Challenge Partners, is a co-founder of Special Schools’ Voice, and a founding trustee and present council member of the Chartered College of Teaching.
Penny’s doctorate focused on school improvement and inclusion. She is particularly keen to promote research and innovation in schools and share practice across schools.