Weekly anti-radicalisation workshops, which encourage mothers to speak openly in a supportive environment, are among the community projects run by Bradford Academy, an all-though school with about 2,000 pupils.
The Empowering Mothers Against Radicalisation workshops are run in partnership with the Home Office’s Prevent campaign. But this is just one of the projects through which the school fosters links with its surrounding community and thereby helps change its part of the world for the better.
Other projects include working with The Linking Network – a local charity that brings pupils together from demographically diverse schools to develop reflection and debate around contentious issues – and The Peace Foundation charity, through which pupils have been trained in peace building and have become ambassadors in their communities.
Bradford Academy also has links with sporting clubs, including the Bradford Dragons basketball team and Bradford Bulls Rugby League Club, and it works closely with local businesses, colleges and universities to widen the horizons and raise the aspirations of pupils.
Bradford Academy’s other partners include Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Ahead Partnership, Go Higher West Yorkshire and Bradford Cathedral (to name but a few), all of which are helping pupils develop into active citizens.
The judges commented: “This felt like a brave school. It is very easy for schools in Bradford to put their heads down and not be noticed.”
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