Birmingham’s newest 14-16 education provider, Bournville College Academy, was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito last month (6th February).
The Academy was delighted to welcome local dignitaries and education professionals to the event.
The Lord Mayor, along with Mr Chaudry Khaliq and Principal Mike Hopkins, performed the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Academy based at Bournville College in Longbridge.
The Academy hopes to attract up to 250 students over the next three years, providing clear vocational, as well as academic pathways in the areas of Health Science, Engineering and Digital and Creative Media.
One of the key aims and ethos of the Academy and College is to increase access to education for those young people for whom traditional schools do not provide the best route or vocational opportunities.
They provide pathways to people from post 16 years to pre-university and university level education. A student could start their education at 14 at the Academy and progress through the College and leave at 21 with a foundation or full degree.
The Lord Mayor said: “Education is something that I have championed for some time now. Amongst other projects, I have led an organisation that helped youngsters out of the cycle of deprivation to go on into further and higher education.
“So I am more than happy to show my support of South & City and Bournville College by being here this afternoon.”
Mike Hopkins added: “The Bournville College Academy has existed in a small form for two years now. In fact almost all of the 2018 cohort have progressed into further education courses at the college.
“We are now looking to build on this success and work with local schools and other education providers to continue to improve the life chances for young people.”
For more information about Bournville College Academy, visit: www.sccb.ac.uk/school