News Bradford Forster Academy – Officially ‘Outstanding’


Hot on the heels of their “GOOD” OFSTED judgement in March this year, Bradford Forster Academy has secured the highest possible SIAMS accolade after being acknowledged as ‘Outstanding’ against the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist School (SIAMS) framework.

As a new school, which only opened three years ago in 2015, the inspection reports that “The Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust (BDAT), governors and senior leaders have quickly established a community where Christian values are celebrated and make a difference to the lives of the community”. The judgement means Bradford Forster steps up alongside Immanuel College, meaning both secondary schools within BDAT eligible to be inspected under the SIAMS framework, now hold an outstanding SIAMS badge.

Wendy Adeniji, Head of School at Bradford Forster commented “We are really pleased with this result. Building a school vision and ethos which reflects our school Christian values and secures a Bradford Forster community for our pupils has underpinned all we have done in the years since opening. It is fantastic to have a report that recognises the pride and aspiration both staff and students feel for the Academy”.

As part of the SIAMS inspection, the school is inspected against four key areas: distinctiveness of Christian character, the impact of collective worship, effectiveness of RE and leadership and management. In the June 2018 inspection, the school fared particularly strongly in RE, collective worship and leadership, whilst distinctiveness was deemed to be good at meeting the needs of all learners.

School and wider leadership was complimented with the report commenting that “Academy leaders and governors are sensitive to the community they serve and aspirational for students. This extends beyond academic achievements to the well-being of the whole child”. Similarly, the approach to schools work with the families and children they serve was also highlighted as a strength with comments including “Parents appreciate the rich and diverse community that their children learn in and the opportunities they receive. Parents experience Bradford Forster as a welcoming school that works in partnership with them. Pupils are exceptionally proud of their many leadership roles in the Academy” and “The vast majority of pupils expressed their enjoyment of being in school”.

Carol Dewhurst, CEO of Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust said “From before opening the Trust vision was to establish Bradford Forster as a hub for their local community where children could have a happy education and leave with great outcomes. After three short years, it is really pleasing to watch this vision become a reality – it represents a real success story for all those staff and students who have been committed and worked hard to be a part of the schools journey this far.”

The National Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist School (SIAMS) is a church led inspection framework which considers how church schools are using their underpinning Christian values and ethos to deliver inspiring and engaging learning experiences for students. Schools are judged on both the effectiveness of their provision and the distinctiveness of their delivery.

Bradford Forster opened as a new Church of England Academy in 2015 as part of the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust. The school is growing over five years from year 7 upwards and when full in September 2019 will enrol 1,050 pupils. The full SIAMS report is available to download on

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