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At Immanuel College, “the positive relationships in place, at all levels, are key to students and adults flourishing”.


Staff and students at Immanuel College are celebrating following a glowing Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) outcome. The Academy, which is located on Leeds Road in Idle, and is part of the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust (BDAT), is delighted that the report identifies how important the Christian vision is to all aspects of its work.

SIAMS inspections are the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools and explore ways in which the school’s theologically-rooted Christian vision drives its work and enables the school to live up to its foundation as a church school. Immanuel College were inspected under the SIAMS framework in December 2023 .

The inspector stated that a fundamental strength was that “lives are transformed as a result of the deeply-embedded, well-understood, biblically-based vision”. “The positive relationships in place, at all levels, are key to students and adults flourishing” and the college is an “excellent example of religious and racial tolerance and cohesion”.

The SIAMS inspection framework also focuses on the quality of provision within Religious Education (RE). The report details the delivery of “consistently high-quality RE through an empowering and inspirational curriculum” and how “RE is consistently well-taught and students rightly consider it a safe place to discuss and explore faith”.

Collective worship was described as having a “profound and transformational impact on students and adults” and the report commented on the fact that “student leadership of collective worship is powerful”.

The report also talks about collaboration, not just within the local community, but also when considering national and global issues. “Often in partnership with local churches, students respond to others’ needs” and “The college’s approach to supporting charitable works locally, nationally and globally enables all to respond to needs beyond their own”. “This typifies students’ independence as agents for change within different contexts”.

The report concludes with the validation that Immanuel College is living up to its foundations as a Church school.

Mr Mulligan, Headteacher at Immanuel College, said:

“We are thrilled for our pupils, staff and our whole Immanuel Family. This report is testament to the commitment that all members of the college have to our Christian vision. The inspection outcome is as a result of a whole team effort; in particular the exemplary work and dedication of the Chaplaincy team is fundamental to ensuring that the Christian vision really is lived out in everything we do on a day-to-day basis.”

 Denise Sterling, Chair of the Governing Body, said:

” I am thrilled that the report acknowledges that our Christian vision is at the heart of who we are and that the lives of our pupils are transformed by what we do. We are a family at Immanuel and we are immensely proud that the commitment and collective efforts have contributed to where we are today. We look forward to continuing our journey of serving the needs of all members of our school community “

 Carol Dewhurst OBE, Chief Executive Officer at Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust, added:

“This is a really strong commendation of the work Immanuel College does day in and day out to support both the academic and pastoral development of their students. The report describes a caring, inclusive and ambitious school who puts the child at the centre of everything they do. Well done to all staff and students – a wonderful endorsement to start 2024”.

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