I am pleased to announce that Bradford Academy has taken the Community and collaboration award at the prestigious TES Schools Awards 2019. The awards, celebrating their eleventh year, recognise outstanding contributions made by education teams and individuals to help students around the country to succeed, both inside and outside the classroom.
This award recognizes the exceptional work taking place with our many partners which prepares our young people to be good citizens, taking pride in their community and having a say on the issues that concern them.
Projects such as weekly anti-radicalisation workshops, which encourage mothers to speak openly in a supportive environment, work with The Linking Network; a local charity that brings pupils together from demographically diverse schools to develop reflection and debate around contentious issues and The Peace Foundation charity, through which pupils have been trained in peace building and have become ambassadors in their communities.
We also have links with sporting clubs, including the Bradford Dragons basketball team and Bradford Bulls Rugby League Club, and we work closely with local businesses, colleges and universities to widen the horizons and raise the aspirations of pupils.
Our other partners include Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Ahead Partnership, Go Higher West Yorkshire and Bradford Cathedral (to name but a few), all of which are helping pupils develop into active citizens.
The judges commented: “This felt like a brave school. It is very easy for schools in Bradford to put their heads down and not be noticed.”