Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College is a Foundation Comprehensive College with 1060+ students on roll including over 160 in Post 16 education. It serves an area of high social deprivation and the proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals (41%) is well above the national average. A high proportion of pupils (90+ %) are from ethnic minority backgrounds and almost all have English as an additional language at the start of their secondary education. Other than English, the main languages spoken are Urdu, Punjabi, Pushto and Hindi. Furthermore, the proportion of pupils identified as having special educational needs is well above average, as is the proportion of pupils with statements of special educational needs at approximately 4 per cent.
In the recent Ofsted inspection in October 2011, the College was awarded an overall grade of satisfactory with seven good features including behaviour, safeguarding and the provision of support and guidance to students. Last year the College achieved 41% 5 A* to C with English and Maths, 5% above the target set, and is expecting 44% or better this year.
The College is a part of the Bradford Partnership, a not-for-profit organisation, owned by its member schools. It exists to support schools to deliver the best outcomes for children, young people and their communities through peer performance reviews, access to a network of school-to-school support and practitioner-led professional development for staff.
The Governing body is very active and supportive of the College.
At Laisterdyke, everyone works closely with the community and are seeking to further enhance those links. There is a Community Development Officer and a Community Enterprise Manager who assist in this purpose. Further afield, the College has international links with schools in Kenya and Pakistan.
The College is currently reviewing its vision and aims as well as the curriculum provision, including that provided to Post 16.
It is about to embark on a major programme of buildings redevelopment which will benefit the entire site and improve the lives of students. It is envisaged that this will include new P.E. changing facilities and re-developed teaching facilities and dining spaces. This work is scheduled to commence during summer 2012.
Existing facilities include a purpose-built Post 16 extension, which was completed during summer 2011 and a state of the art Skills Centre which provides facilities for vocational courses, including a Motor Vehicle workshop and Hair and Beauty Salon.
All in all, Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College is at a very exciting stage of its development and we invite you to join us in forming its future.