Welcome to our Careers team

This year we have introduced a new careers programme and leadership structure. Our dedicated team have a fantastic wealth of experience, expertise and skills.

  • Joe Ryan – Assistant Headteacher
  • Lee Grant – Head of Careers and Academy Director of Enterprise Academy
  • Ruby Bhatti OBE – Governor (CEIAG responsibility)

Joe Ryan

Mr Joe.Ryan (Assistant Headteacher – Student Experience)

My role as Assistant Headteacher for Student Experience has Careers and Enterprise as one of my most important roles. We are ambitious for the outcomes of every single student and are working hard to ensure they achieve their chosen pathway into education, employment and training.

My background in STEM has always been closely linked with careers – I was one of the founding members of the Centre of Excellence for Science, Environment and Technology (CE:SET) and also started our highly successful Designing the Built Environment course; both these provisions integrated with well-known businesses such as NG Bailey, AWM Waste Management, Yorkshire Water, British Gas and now Gleeds. To date, I have led two trips to CERN in Geneva to visit the home of particle physics and explore careers there at the cutting edge of science.

Personally, I am also thoughtful about our disadvantaged groups and have driven the STEM agenda to recruit and encourage girls into these sectors, being especially proud of my own daughter now studying Physics at Manchester University. Aspirations have also been a huge driver behind our academies as they offer our talented students experiences well beyond the classroom. I believe that all students require a unique range of skills and qualities, both to prepare them for the future and to embrace technology, which is becoming increasingly prevalent in all aspects of our lives; my knowledge of this sector being enhanced by having gained a Master’s Degree in Education, Multimedia and Technology. There are many careers out there waiting to be invented and discovered!

Joe Ryan

Lee Grant

Mr Lee Grant (Head of Careers)

My role as Careers Leader at BBEC is to help ensure that we maintain our robust and innovative school careers programme, whilst meeting the expectations set out in the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s eight benchmarks. Having worked in the Bradford Area for 10 years I have a good understanding of schools in the area, the surrounding community and the local employment landscape helping a number of them to meet the requirements under the Gatsby benchmarks and Ofsted, as well as help the young people who attend the school . My aim is to support all year groups to get the careers information, advice and guidance that they need to help them progress well into the local labour market. This is done through our PSCHEE program as well as our engagement with local employers and providers who can support with our aim to meet these requirements. I am also passionate about support all the young people and their families of the community to get the best life chances that they can.  I am also qualified to Level 6 in Advice and Guidance, I work hard to ensure that the students receive their statutory entitlement to impartial careers advice. I can support with applications to colleges, sixth forms and Apprenticeships on an individual basis and in small group situations. I work with Mr Ryan and the rest of the school PSCHEE team to develop the careers programme for period 3 to teach the necessary skills for students to be confident decision makers. My role as Careers lead also incorporates work experience where I will support students with the process of finding placements and linking to local employers.

Destinations 2020

Buttershaw are proud of the destinations of our students with a number of students securing apprenticeships and training placements, which was double the district average. We are also proud of our students who have apart from one students moved into a positive destination after leaving Buttershaw, even with the impact of COVID on a variety of destination. This again is below the district average of 1.8% (0.4%)of students been not in education employment or training. We are aiming to have all students move into a positive destination in this coming September too, and are supporting all students to progress into positive destinations.

Also we are extremely proud of our year 13 students who all went onto a positive destination in the final year of our sixth form been open. With 50% of our students going onto employment or apprenticeships, and the other half going on to successful start their university life, we feel our impartial and supportive careers and sixth from teams helped our students make the right choices for them. None of them ended up Not in Employment Education and Training, which we are very proud of.

We wish them all success in the future and hope they can come back and inspire our current students in the future.

Lee Grant: