News Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust partners with New College to support new sixth form offer in city


Date: 29th September 2017

Local academy sponsor, Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust (BDAT), has teamed up with the New Collaborative Learning Trust to support the opening of a new 1200-place sixth form provision in Bradford. New College Bradford, a sister sixth form to the outstanding New College Pontefract, is scheduled to open in September 2019.

New College Bradford will be a 16-19 sixth form college in Bradford, delivering a broad and diverse curriculum including over 30 A-Levels, a selection of Level 3 BTECs and a Technical Baccalaureate in engineering and manufacturing technologies.

BDAT, an existing Bradford based academy Trust comprising four secondary schools, will be a strategic partner to the new College and is endorsing the academy as the main sixth form option for pupils at both Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College and Bradford Forster Academy. Two other BDAT secondary academies, Belle Vue Girls and Immanuel College will continue to operate in-school sixth form provision as well as promoting the New College as an option for their students.   BDAT will be part of the build and shape of the curriculum and ethos and vision for the academy at Board, LGB and senior school leader level, ensuring the needs of Bradford children are at the centre of the new development from opening.

Tessa Mason, Chair of Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust said, “BDAT has always been committed to providing high quality education for all of our pupils. New College Bradford will be an exciting opportunity for our pupils to study a wide range of subjects, in a college environment underpinned by the caring and ambitious ethos you would expect in all BDAT schools. We see the college as complementing our current secondary and sixth form offer by providing real choice and breadth of curriculum for students considering their journey through further education”.

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