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

Art and Design

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 11 can apply to join any of the Academies.


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.


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).