News Immanuel College makes move to Academy status following best ever school GCSE

Immanuel College makes move to Academy status following best ever school GCSE and A-level results

Hot on the heels of another set of improved results, Immanuel College has secured approval to convert to an academy within the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust (BDAT) and has been issued an Academy order from the Secretary of State.

The Church of England College, which secured 65% 5 A* – C including English & Maths this summer, has decided to make the move to secure its position within the Church of England Trust and to strengthen its school-to-school support role working alongside secondary partners.

Immanuel College will be the second secondary school to join BDAT, following the opening of Bradford Forster Academy last month.

Jane Tiller, Head Teacher of Immanuel College, commented “Following an extensive period of exploration, governors and school leaders have made the decision to join the BDAT family of schools. Coupled with our best ever results we feel this move will strengthen the capacity and structures of the College to help support educational improvement across a number of schools in Bradford. We very much look forward to the next exciting steps in our journey to outstanding.”

Carol Dewhurst, Chief Executive Officer of BDAT commented “We are delighted to welcome Immanuel College in to the Trust. We have worked together in close partnership since the Trust was established and believe the wealth of experience and good practice the College can bring to BDAT will help accelerate improvements across all our Academies”.

The Chair of BDAT, the Venerable Dr David Lee, Archdeacon Emeritus, commented: “Immanuel has great strengths and will be a welcome member of the Trust. The school has achieved consistent and steady improvement in results year on year for its students whilst celebrating a well-grounded and thoughtfully developed Christian ethos. The Diocesan Board of Education Academies Working Group unanimously approved this application. In the present flux of educational provision, Immanuel will find a natural home and mutual support in the BDAT family of Academies. And just like BDAT, Immanuel is committed to helping schools which face major challenges and working with them to deliver improvements in Teaching and Learning. I am delighted that the Immanuel Board of Governors have decided to join the Trust. I look forward to welcoming them into the Trust in due course”.

Following the issuing of the Academy order the College will now embark on statutory consultation with its parents, staff, children and other stakeholders. If you would like to contribute to the consultation please contact the school directly. The College will open as an Academy in Spring 2016.

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