where creativity and diversity flourish
Spaghetti Bridge Story
Long ago when leading a specialist school group in Somerset, one of our founders worked with a young person who was on the autistic spectrum and an elective mute. After obtaining an impressive haul of 13 GCSEs, he expressed a desire to study architecture at university.
His application was successful and he was invited to attend an interview and practical day where he was challenged to build something from concept to completion. Already a little nervous for the student, upon hearing about the challenge, our founder’s apprehension grew.
But he kept faith knowing the school had prepared this young man well, providing him with the tools he would need to be successful. With strong independence skills in creativity, resilience, collaboration and responsibility, he had developed the ability to navigate the world in a different ‘creative’ way, despite his personal difficulties
Excited for the outcome, our founder called the university.
‘How did he do?’ he asked.
‘Great!’ they replied.
‘We’re extremely impressed with how he handled the challenge.’
‘That’s fantastic! What was the challenge?’
‘We asked candidates to create something themed around the newly built Millennium Bridge, using a sense of creativity.’
‘Really? What did he do?’
‘He built a spaghetti bridge’ they said.
The student received an unconditional offer and his model was displayed at the university entrance as a symbol of the creative ingenuity that they value.
Welcome to our world of Spaghetti Bridge.
It’s this creativity, determination and ability to rise above challenges faced in everyday life that we believe can be nurtured in every student. We’re committed to helping them find their way that works for them.