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University supports partnership work to secure high quality education for the Keighley district

16 June 09

The University of Bradford is working on a broad partnership in Keighley, as a means of securing further developments in achievement at Greenhead High School.

Over the last five years the University has developed an extensive Associate School Network as it seeks to support the raising of participation and attainment levels in partnership with other educational providers. During this period, due to Government policy changes, management and governance arrangements in schools have changed, and therefore, so has the University's approach to partnership work with schools.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families, have agreed a proposal to establish an Academy, at Greenhead High School, which was fully supported by the governors and its co-sponsors; Bradford Council and Link Telecom.

The new Academy will seek to raise the standards, attainment and participation of the students at the school. The school will also benefit from a new state-of-the-art building in the grounds of the existing school; the building is already at design stage as part of the `Building Schools for the Future¿ (BSF) programme.

The University believes that schools should be at the heart of their community and will be adopting the Local Authorities admissions, exclusion and staff policies.

In addition to working with schools, the University is developing community linking work across the five Bradford districts. This work is being delivered with a view to supporting partnerships and to encourage learning within communities.

As the lead sponsors, the University will be responsible for the leadership and strategy of the school, supporting the development of the new building, funded by BSF, and will aid the school in developing a world-class education for its students.  This delivery will lead to improved opportunities in education and training.  Initial ideas for support include post graduate students helping in key subject areas that the University has expertise in such as science, technology and maths.

Chair of Governors at Greenhead High School, said: "The school has made many improvements over the last 4 years and we believe that the partnership with the University of Bradford will enable us to take the next big step to continued and  sustained raising of attainment. We look forward to the further strengthening of the academic standards and provision for Keighley and its community."

The new Academy, which is intended to be a centre of educational excellence, is planned to open in 2010.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Geoff Layer, said: "The University is fully committed to working in partnership with schools and communities.  We will do all that we can to raise achievement in the district and we firmly believe that partnership working of this nature is one way forward, linking our support to the work of our partners in Bradford Council, Link Telecom, Education Bradford, staff at the school and the broader community."

16 June 09

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