Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College (BBEC) in Bradford, is officially set to become the sixth member of the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust. The College was issued an Academy order last month, and the school are hoping the conversion process can be finalised by the summer, following consultation with parents and staff.
The governing body of BBEC took the resolution to join BDAT in Autumn 2015, as part of their strategic vision to secure support for the college as part of a local academy arrangement.
This exciting new partnership also secures the longer term collaboration between BBEC and Immanuel College, a high performing local secondary school in Idle, which opened as a BDAT Academy earlier this month. The two schools are already actively working with one another, and the move to join the Trust on the part of Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College is a way to formalize and strengthen this link.
Speaking on behalf of Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, head teacher Richard Hughes stated the partnership was “a really important step forward” for the college. Mr Hughes stated “Our 2015 results demonstrated Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College is already benefitting immensely from our work with Immanuel College. Becoming part of BDAT opens more possibilities for us in terms of sharing knowledge with their other schools.”
Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College is the first non-Church of England Academy to secure a place within BDAT, although the Trust’s governing documents have always enabled it to sponsor Church and non-Church schools within Bradford.
The Trust’s CEO, Carol Dewhurst, explained that “while BDAT is uniquely placed as, and proud to be, the only Diocesan multi-academy trust in the local area, the Trust firmly believes that all children require a chance at a high-quality education regardless of a school’s designation”.
She continued “One of the most important factors in welcoming BBEC in to the Trust is the shared values and sense of community both organisations foster, as well as the shared aspiration that every child should do well during their time at school. Both BDAT and Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College believe this new partnership can, and will, make a huge difference.”
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