The Academy leaders are:

Art and Design led by Ms. Stacy Rhys-Hill  (Sixth Form)

Enterprise led by Ms. Sarah Jane-Patterson  (ICT and Business)

Performing Arts led by Ms. Kay Holdsworth (Performing Arts)

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) led by Mr. Abdul Hussain  (Science)

Sports led by Mr. Jeremy Hillam (Sports/PE)

All academies wear their own Academy wear on Fridays, making them highly distinctive and recognisable to other students, staff and visitors.

Academies provide students with opportunities to pursue their passions for these different areas of the curriculum and further develop and refine their aptitudes and skills. Our Academy leaders provide a regular programme of activities and opportunities to contribute to wider BBEC and BDAT events and competitions. There is also a high profile placed upon the development of leadership skills and the enhancing of career aspirations.

All students from Year 8 to Year 13 can apply to join any of the Academies. The deadline for applications being the 23rd October 2017. Academy interviews and selection will then take place from the week beginning 27th November 2017. The formal Academy Launch Evening for successful students will then take place on 28th February 2018.

All Academy students are expected to maintain the highest standards of excellence in all aspects of school life and the benefits are the many unique experiences, rewards and challenges provided. In 2017 there were over 250 BBEC students in our Academies.

The programme for our new Year 7 students will be different for this year. All Year 7 will be able to gain experiences of all our Academies throughout the spring and summer terms of 2018. There will be a programme of events and activities provided by our Academy students, as “tasters” and to support the Year 7 University Passport programme. This will allow us to identify students with the determination, talent, skill and character to be a part of an Academy in Year 8. Please note that the Enterprise Academy because of the departure of many older students will accept applications from Year 7 in the same window of dates shown above, so any interested students have until the 23rd October 2017 to have seen Ms. Pattison and submitted an application. This Academy is the only exception.

If you need more information about an Academy please speak with the Academy leader shown above or, as the leader of the academies at BBEC I am pleased to answer any questions and would welcome any feedback on these pages or our current academy provisions.


Mr. J. Ryan

Assistant Headteacher