Welcome to Bradford Academy
Bradford Academy opened its doors to its first pupils in September 2007. We have grown rapidly and in September 2010 secured All-Through Academy status. We now have 110 students in our Early Years and Foundation Stage and over 320 students in Post 16. Our thriving community now has over 1500 pupils ranging from ages 3 to 18.
Bradford Academy is not just another new school though; it provides a unique way to give children the education they deserve, and to equip them with the attitudes, skills and knowledge, that they will need to lead successful lives. We want our students to
stretch themselves and to reach further than they ever thought possible. When we say ‘all-through learning’, we don’t simply mean educating children from their first letters to their A-levels (although as the first 3-18 school in Bradford, we do that too).
We mean a way of learning that allows everyone a level playing field: a system that accounts for those who learn at different paces and in different ways. All of our students benefit from such a range of different age groups within the school: not only can
they learn alongside each other, but from each other. Relationships between students, and between staff and students, are a key part of our formula; we know that people you like and respect – no matter who they are — will always be your best teachers, because
it’s their actions that inspire you to learn.
We are sponsored by the Diocese of Bradford and together we have developed Citizenship with Enterprise as the specialism of the Academy. This specialism permeates every aspect of life within the Academy.
Symbolically, our new building has the ‘Forum’ at its heart, demonstrating our commitment to involve, inform and inspire our pupils to use their voice so that every learner is known, valued and understood.
There are no secrets to excellent education: it entails good teaching and learning, strong support and hard work. Our ambition is for at least 60% of our students to gain five good GCSEs, ensuring we are in the top 5% of similar schools nationally. We are
well on the way to realising this ambition.
We have recruited high quality teachers from across the country, at all levels of leadership and management. They have decided to join us and to share in our commitment to become an outstanding school.
Welcome to Post-16 at Bradford Academy
We are growing in numbers day by day. From 50 learners in our first year, to 350 in our sixth year. These are exciting times and this is a great opportunity for you to become part of a rapidly growing and developing Post- 16 community.
We aim to give you the support and guidance to fulfil your potential and to give you every chance of being successful in your chosen career.
Every learner known, valued and understood.
All learners who choose to be a part of Post-16 at Bradford Academy will leave with the skills, qualifications and confidence to progress to the next stage of their career.
Post 16 learners will be the role models for younger learners in the Academy by demonstrating active citizenship through participating in Academy life.
- A curriculum that reflects the needs of the individual learner .
- Clear pathways to the next stage of your career.
- High quality teaching.
- Regular assessment and progress updates from your subject teachers.
- Support for any special requirements that you might have.
- A safe learning environment where the focus is on the individual.
- Support in developing lifelong study skills.
- A careers programme that identifies the next stage for your career.
- Regular, personalised communication with parents / carers.
- An elective programme that operates beyond the school day.
- Enrichment activities to help develop skills and confidence.
We have high expectations for all our learners. This is especially true in Post -16, where we expect our learners to be proud members of a community that they have actively chosen to be a part of. All members of Post -16 are expected to contribute to this shared goal that will benefit us all.
We work hard to ensure we meet the curriculum needs of every learner by offering academic and vocational courses across an increasingly broader range of subjects. All the courses are part of a clear pathway, where learners are able to see what it is they are working towards. The courses are designed to help learners of all abilities to progress into further education and the workplace.
We are firm in our vision of ensuring all learners have the confidence to be successful in their chosen career. We aim to provide a variety of opportunities for learners to develop their personal skills and thus grow in confidence and build evidence for their personal statement, showing future employers, colleges or universities that they are fully rounded individuals, capable of making a positive contribution to the community.
Learners will have timetabled Active Core lessons where there will be scheduled activities to help develop these skills. Alongside, these learners are expected to contribute to Academy life in a positive way.
Preparing for the next stage
We believe it is important that all learners know why it is they are choosing to continue their education Post-16. We have a team of people who will support all learners to ensure they have a clear plan of what they want to achieve and what they need to do to get to achieve it. Our careers team are specialist staff and aim to provide individual support for every learner. Our curriculum is designed to help every learner to access courses that are right for them and help them to progress to the next stage of their career.
We have links at a number of local universities and we provide support for all those learners who wish to apply for further education. Visits to universities are offered so learners can sample what university life is like.
We have an Adult Work Room designed for Post 16 students to use during study periods and before and after school. This is a great area equipped with computers to enable you to complete coursework and revision.
The Forum, which is at the heart of the Academy is a place where you can relax and socialise with friends during your free periods. We have a cafe which is available all day for drinks and cold snacks.
We have a state of the art sports hall, which has a hugh amount of sporting equipment which can be used during after school electives and competitions. We are also lucky enough to have a gym, equipped with state of the art exercise and weight machines.
You will have the support of the entire Post 16 team, including 2 achievement leaders, 7 Core staff and your own personal Learning Guide. These staff are available anytime to help and are specifically trained to work with Post 16 Students.
Our students in Post 16 have done exceptionally well with results
that have led to successful placements at university, apprenticeships and
The headlines are as follows:
A2 pass rate is 99.5%
39% achieved A*, A or equivalent
Over 100 students secured a place at University this year with destinations
such as Lancaster, Cumbria, Sheffield and Swansea with courses such as Pharmacy, Law, Chemical Engineering and Business.
Many of our level 2 students who stayed in our Post 16 for three years
in order to progress to level 3 have gained places at University
demonstrating that with hard work and determination, at the Academy,
anything is possible.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Bradford Academy directly.