A comment from one of our teachers

"Teaching at BBEC is exciting, challenging and very rewarding. The school bursts into life at 8:30 and the 'buzz' spreads from the atrium, down the corridors to the classrooms as the students arrive, settle and start their day. I have really enjoyed getting to know the students; growing to love those big personalities and the challenge of getting them engaged with their learning. The school has made a very positive impression on me in just a few short months; not just because the students are great fun to teach, but because of the positive environment, fantastic facilities and friendly faces. BBEC really is a supportive, lively and inspiring place to work!"

Careers @ Buttershaw
Business & Enterprise College

Working together for success

Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College is a National Challenge School of 1550 students serving an area of social deprivation on the southern edge of Bradford and 7 miles from Leeds. It is popular locally and is heavily over-subscribed.

We moved into brand new school buildings in September 2008 funded by Building Schools for the Future.

  • All teachers have a laptop/teacher toolkit
  • All classrooms are equipped with projectors and the vast majority with interactive whiteboards
  • All classrooms are provided with student laptops

The school is on a trajectory of rapid improvement. The key benchmark figure of 5A*-C including English and maths has risen from 20% to 37% in the last three years and ethos has improved strikingly. The school has ambitious plans for future improvement and staff have expressed a belief that this figure can continue to improve at a similar rate. Our target for 2013 is 51%.

Sixth form results also improved markedly, and two years ago we received the distinction from ALPS of being the most improved sixth form in the country. Sixth form recruitment has been strong. The 250 sixth form students have their own self-contained area of the school for socialising and study.

Ofsted and the DCSF have both complimented the school on its vision and its plans for the future. Ofsted agreed that the school is rapidly improving and noted that relationships in lessons are very strong. We were particularly pleased by their comment that 'As soon as you walk into the new spacious atrium, you are struck by the polite, purposeful students, proud to wear the uniform they designed themselves'.

Continuing Professional Development is at the heart of our plans for improvement and the coaching structure is now well established. All staff take part in one of a number of CPD programmes and focus groups. This year, the school has become a TLA accredited school; we have 40 teachers who have undertaken a TLA project or embarked on a masters course.

Comments from the OFSTED report include:

  • There have been many significant improvements in the last year, resulting in standards rising quickly.
  • Students are proud of their new school, and typically say 'The school is good for learning' and 'The school is getting better and better'
  • This is a school that has a rising reputation in the local community, and the fact that it has improved so much in such a relatively short time, helped by rigorous and accurate self-evaluation, indicates that it has good capacity to improve even further.Ofsted
  • The Headteacher has an excellent vision of where the school needs to go and how it will get there, and has built a very strong leadership team with high expectations

The school is planning to move to Academy status in September 2012 with Navigate Academies Trust as its sponsor. We are excited by the number of opportunities we believe this will create and the contribution Navigate will make to our journey of even more rapid improvement.

This is an ideal time to join what is an exciting and supportive team environment. We look forward to hearing from you.

Richard Hughes

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