Principal’s Message

Tehmina Hashmi - Bradford Academy PrincipalWhatever brings you to our website, I hope that you leave with a sense of who we are and curious to find out more.

The Academy opened in 2007 and since then we have grown both in size and ambition. With over 1800 learners from the ages of 2 to 19, we have transformed the community in which we are deeply rooted. The majority of our youngsters remain with us into Post-16 and 70% of students progress to higher education each year.

With faith at the heart of all that we do, I am proud to lead a team of dedicated staff who are enthusiastic about learning, and committed to our young people and their educational and spiritual journey. We work with a range of partners to ensure that the experience of our young people is personalised, appropriate and challenging.

On a more personal note, I am privileged to have worked alongside Gareth Dawkins, our founding Principal, for over 17 years. It is an honour to be able to carry on his legacy and continue to ensure that access, choice and freedom from discrimination are guiding principles at Bradford Academy.

Before I came into the profession I worked as a scientific researcher in the NHS. I came to teaching 22 years ago and have never looked back. I have spent most of my teaching career in the Bradford District with the exception of my role as Deputy Headteacher in Manchester at an outstanding comprehensive school.  I’m passionate about education and the difference it can make to life chances having myself progressed from relatively humble beginnings.

It is our mission to ensure that we secure bright and prosperous futures for all the young people at Bradford Academy. I hope that when you visit us, you can see this for yourself.

Tehmina Hashmi