All students at BFA are referred by their own school or the Local Authority. It is not possible for parents to apply directly, but if you feel your child would benefit from a BFA programme then please discuss this with your child's school.
Students are allocated to a pathway:
Pathway A - Supported mainstream
This will accommodate approximately 20% of the places available. It will be offered to years 9, 10 and 11 where the student remains in current education provision. It is an early intervention pathway that works with the individual, school and parent / carer.
Pathway B - Part time
This provision will accommodate approximately 20% of referrals offered to years 10 and 11. The student will attend BFA on a part-time basis for vocational courses and have one-to-one tutorials with their specialist advisor. The intended outcomes are to enable students to remain in mainstream for academic provision, preventing them from reaching the point of exclusion.
Pathway C - Full-time short-term
This pathway will accommodate approximately 20% of referrals available. It will be offered to years 9, 10 and 11. This provision is for students on fixed-term exclusions or referrals from the Bristol City Council and / or school / academy. A personalised programme of study will be put in place with the aim to re-integrate back into mainstream and prevent repeat exclusions or absence from education.
Pathway D - Full-time long-term
Our full-time, long-term pathway will accommodate approximately 40% of all referrals. It will be offered to years 10 and 11. Students will attend BFA on a permanent basis for a determined length of time agreed with commissioners. The main outcome for this pathway is the successful onward progression to sixth-form, further education, apprenticeship or employment.
If you are a school, and wish to commission a place please contact our Interim Principal, Alex Davies, in the first instance.