Welcome from the Chair

I am honoured and humbled to be the Chair of Governors at Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College.

In September 2016 the College converted to academy status and joined the family schools within the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust.

We have a dedicated team of governors who selflessly devote their time to support the Headteacher and leadership team who also work tirelessly and together we oversee the strategic direction of the college.  We want to ensure together we deliver the very best we can for each and every one of our students.

The governing body acts as a “critical friend”, ensuring that our students’ needs always take precedence and the College offers an excellent quality of pastoral care.  We provide support and encouragement while holding our professional colleagues to account for all aspects of school performance to ensure the highest standards are met and the school improvement plan is delivered.

It is our mission to deliver the very best education to young people in our school and we are deeply committed to the personal development of our young people and achieving excellent academic results. We take accountability seriously and work closely with staff, students, parents, the wider community and other BDAT schools to make sure that the educational experience at the College meet the needs of all our learners to create a bright and promising future  at the College and beyond.

Dr. Ruby Bhatti OBE

Chair of Governors


Governor Meeting Attendance

Governors help the school senior managers to set the course for the school over the next few years. They also check that the Head of School and her colleagues are leading the school well. They approve the school policies and budget.

If you would like to contact our governors, please write to the school : Chair of Governors. Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College, Reevy Road West, Bradford, BD6 3PX.

BDAT Business Page – including Register of Interest :


Vacancy – Parent Governor

We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor and are seeking nominations for an enthusiastic and committed parent or carer to join the governing board.

There are no particular qualifications required for the role but, following an analysis of the results of our skills audit, we have skills gaps in the areas of Mental Health & Wellbeing, Personal Development, Modern Foreign Languages and Pupil Premium and would be particularly keen to receive nominations from someone with experience in any of these areas.

The core functions of the governing board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation, its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The term of office for all governors is four years.

At BBEC we always aim for positive and purposeful partnerships with parents, which undoubtedly bring important benefits to the pupils. One of the most significant ways you can help in promoting this aim is to volunteer to be a parent governor. The governing board’s main tasks are to support the school in ensuring that all pupils receive a high quality education and plan for future development and improvement.

Parent governors are welcomed as valued members of the team and play a vital role in contributing towards the strategic direction of the school.

We are confident that there are parents prepared to volunteer to take on this key role and give their time and commitment to help us continue to develop and improve the school’s performance.

Governors currently meet as a board eight times a year and meetings usually start at 5pm and are finished around 7pm. All meetings are held at the school. If needed, additional meetings will be planned with, unless there are extraordinary circumstances, seven days’ notice given. All governors are invited to join the committee that their skills and experience match with, or they have a particular interest in. Committee meetings are held at the same time as our full governing board meetings.

Governors are occasionally required to visit the school during the day for monitoring visits and are encouraged to support school events, where possible. We offer new governors a comprehensive and supportive induction, and each new governor is assigned a mentor. Full training for the role is also available.

For further information, please see the letter, declaration and FAQ below:

Parent Governor Election Letter

BDAT Parent Governor Application form

Being a Parent Governor

BDAT FAQs for Parent Governors


Governor Additional Information

Register of Interests – Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust (