BBEC is unique in having an internal system of five different Academies, each with a designated Academy leader:

Art and Design led by Mrs R. Canning  (Sixth Form)

Enterprise led by Mr L. Grant  (Head of Careers)

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

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

Sports led by Mr. Joe Ugarte (Sports/PE)


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 16th Oct 2020. Academy interviews and selection will then take place from the week beginning 2nd November 2020. The formal Academy Launch Evening for successful students will then take place on 24th February 2021.


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 2020 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 including National Science Week. This will allow us to identify students with the determination, talent, skill and character to be a part of an Academy in Year 8.


If you need more information about an Academy please speak with the Academy leader shown above or with Mr. J.  Ryan (Assistant Headteacher – Student Experience).