BDAT is a central part of Bradford’s diverse and dynamic community. Our academies play a major role in the lives of thousands of children and their families. With one of the youngest populations in the UK, Bradford is a location with a great deal to offer. The town has excellent transport links to both Manchester and Leeds, as well as a direct train connection to London, and an international airport on our doorstep - you couldn’t be better connected. And while Bradford itself is a busy urban centre, you are only ever a few miles from stunning Yorkshire countryside.
BDAT’s mission is “to provide high quality education within the context of Christian belief and practice so that every child can fulfil their academic potential and accomplish their individual goals.” We recognise that each child has only one chance at a good education, so we are fully committed to offering the very best provision in all of our schools.
Our vision is that “every student in a BDAT academy gets a happy and high quality education enabling competence, confidence and character to thrive; and that our Academies become the schools of choice in Bradford.”
The MAT was established in 2012 to support both primary and secondary Church schools needing support within an academy model.
The Trust had academy orders to support 18 academies, church and non-church Academies across Bradford. This includes four Secondary academies (Immanuel College, Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, Belle Vue Girls and Bradford Forster Academy) and eleven Primary academies (St. Oswalds, Christ Church Academy, St. Philips, St. James’, Oxenhope, Clayton St. John, East Morton, Westminster, St. Johns and Woodlands). Three further primary academies are expected to join us later in this academic year.
You can find out more about the individual academies that make up BDAT via this link.
And click here to review the Trust’s performance via the DfE’s performance tables.
Our Christian ethos
BDAT is a proud Christian organisation committed to providing high-quality education for all within an ethos which encourages academic, vocational, mental, physical, and spiritual opportunities and development for each member of its academies.
Whilst robust Christian principles underpin the work of the academy, everyone is encouraged to explore their own spirituality and to recognise and understand that of others. It is for this reason that we choose to support and sponsor Non-Church of England Schools, as well as those within the faith.