News Immanuel College opens as a BDAT Academy

Immanuel College, a secondary college located in Idle in Bradford, officially joined the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust (BDAT) this Monday.

The Church of England College had been awarded an academy order to join the Trust by the Department of Education some months ago, but the conversion was only set to be completed on February 1, 2016.

Immanuel College is renowned in the Bradford Local Authority area for its impressive GCSE scores. In 2015 the school ranked fourth overall for GCSE performance. The school also holds an Ofsted “Good” rating with leadership, standards, behaviour and the safety of pupils all signalled as strengths of the College.

The move to Academy status as part of the Trust signifies the next step in the school’s journey towards an “Outstanding” rating, and adds strong educational capacity to the Trust.

Speaking about the newest addition to the BDAT portfolio, CEO Carol Dewhurst stated that Immanuel College was “a great addition to BDAT” and that the Trust was “very excited to have the opportunity to work with this College.”

“Immanuel is well-known for the quality of its education and the support they provide to schools across Bradford. We feel they make for a prestigious addition to our expanding network of schools”, the Trust representative added.

Speaking on behalf of Immanuel College, head teacher Jane Tiller similarly spoke positively about the partnership, “The College is very pleased to be part of BDAT, an institution we feel shares our Christian values and commitment to high-quality education. We look forward to the opportunities the Trust provides to work within and alongside BDAT’s family of schools”.

BDAT was formed in 2012, as a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping struggling Church of England schools in the Bradford Local Authority. Over the years, the Trust expanded its reach to encompass high-performing and non-faith schools. Immanuel is the fifth school to be partnered with BDAT, with further additions expected to occur later this year.

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