News Ground blessing ceremony marks start of new Academy build in Bradford

A ground blessing ceremony has been held on the site of the new Bradford Forster Academy on Fenby Road, Bradford, where contractor Wates Construction has begun to build a new 1,050-capacity school building for students aged 11 to 16 years.

Bishop Tom Butler – the Acting Bishop of Bradford – joined academy sponsors, Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust (BDAT), Integrated Bradford LEP and Bradford Council, to mark the start of construction on the project.  The Academy is named after the Bradford MP William Forster who championed education for all in the Education Act that he introduced in 1870.

Bradford Forster Academy will be a new 7,700 sq m seven-form entry school which is scheduled to open for the new school year in 2015, with 210 Year 7 pupil places in the first intake.  It is expected that the academy will reach full capacity by September 2019.

Wates Construction is the main contractor to build the new £12m school.  Alongside the main school, Wates will also build indoor sports facility with a four-court multipurpose hall that will be available for community use.

Ven. Dr David Lee, Chair of the Bradford Diocesan Academy Trust, commented: “We are delighted that visible work is now underway in developing Bradford Forster Academy.  Not only are the builders on site, but the admissions consultation is complete and we are about to start the recruitment of the new Academy Principal.  We are making great progress in setting up a new school to serve the young people of the BD4 area of Bradford.”

Bradford Forster Academy is a member of the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust, which operates a number of Church of England academies in the Bradford area.

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