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Bristol Futures Academy Holds Official Opening Ceremony

A new alternative education provision in Bristol has held its official grand opening.

Bristol Futures Academy (BFA), based in the Barton Hill area, held its official opening ceremony on 8 December with the Lord Mayor of Bristol cutting the ribbon.

The ceremony saw attendees from Bristol City Council, local schools and the Inspirational Futures Trust (IFT), a multi-academy trust (MAT) which sponsors BFA.

BFA is a specialist provision for 14-16 year olds in the Bristol area who find mainstream school challenging. They provide personalised programmes of study centred on the needs of each individual student using a specialist delivery model developed with IFT and its sponsor, Weston College.

The Academy equips students with the skills for re-integration into a mainstream provision or progression onto post 16 study, apprenticeships or another pathway.

BFA has been open and teaching students since September, however had no official ceremony to mark the occasion. Caroline Down, Principal of BFA, said: “BFA is a really exciting provision, supporting the needs of the most vulnerable learners in Bristol. It’s brilliant to finally have an official event to celebrate the opening of the Academy.

“We believe all young people are entitled to an inspiring and engaging education which will enable them to achieve meaningful futures, and strive to transform the lives of the students at BFA.”