Belle Vue Celebrates at the Cathedral!
Belle Vue Girls’ Academy celebrated its 140th anniversary at Bradford Cathedral on 16 November 2017. The event was attended by honoured guests the Right Reverend Dr Toby Howarth, Area Bishop for Bradford, and Ms Kaneez Khan –Near Neighbours Co-ordinator for West Yorkshire.
A range of awards were presented to over 60 girls from the academy, celebrating their successes in both academic achievement across all subjects, and exceptional contributions to the academy, overcoming adversity and particular skill development. A musical interlude of singing by a mixed student and staff choir provided the entertainment. The audience included past and present students, parents, staff, governors and representatives from BDAT Multi Academy Trust.
Belle Vue first opened as a school on 13 August 1877; one hundred and fourteen girls were housed in the upper room of the Wesleyan School in Carlisle Manningham. In 1879 they moved into the purpose built school on Manningham Lane. The building can still be seen today. In 1971 the school moved to its current site in Heaton, although it is now hardly recognisable due to additional facilities that have been added since that time. The Academy now offers an excellent learning environment with facilities for all specialist subjects and in addition the Zara Sports Centre. The school converted to academy status in 2012, specialising in Languages, Science and Maths. It is truly multi cultural, welcoming girls from many countries around the world. Its ethos continues to widen horizons for its pupils and encourage high aspiration. The 1200 students have opportunities to take part in additional activities and events including a range of extra curricular activities and trips, both within the UK and abroad. The academy has strong links with Changzheng school in Shanghai and Ndungu Kebbeh School in The Gambia. Students and staff have visited both schools in the past few years, giving them experiences that they will never forget.
Headteacher Mary Copeland said, “The academy’s motto of ‘Educating the women of tomorrow’ was truly evident throughout this week’s celebration and we are confident that those young people will be the future role models for the city. Congratulations to all.”
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