Whatever brings you to our website, I hope that you leave with a sense of who we are and curious to find out more.
We are a “Good” school as recognised by OFSTED both in February 2013 and December 2017. We are rightly proud that all aspects of our provision; Early years, Primary, Secondary and Post-16 are consistently good and have been since 2013. You can read the full report in the OFSTED section of our website.
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.
This year saw the Academy achieve it’s best ever results. Our Post-16 learners achieved results in vocational subjects that put them amongst the top 10 percent of learners taking these subjects. Our learners taking the Academic A levels also contributed to improved performance and achieved results that put them at the national average for all schools nationally. We congratulate these learners of whom 77% have secured University places including a number at Russell Group Universities. Similarly our GCSE learners were able to maintain and slightly improve on last year’s performance despite the English and Maths qualifications being revised to make them more challenging. We had an improvement in the highest grades and a number of learners gained the elusive grades 9, 8 and 7 across English and Maths. Importantly progress of youngsters is now in line with national average and we look forward to exceeding this in the coming academic year.
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.