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The Evolution of Bradford Academy

Congratulations to all at Bradford Academy on their journey, milestones, challenges well-met and dedication. VP Linda Marshall has a unique and memorable way for describing the school's immense value added over the handful of years for which it's been open:

The evolution of some of the learners - words & stature:

Year 1: Heads down, eyes down, pushing past staff, letting doors go in faces, swearing or ignoring greetings
Year 2: Heads down, nodding or grunting back to greetings, eyes raised now and then, waiting for staff
Year 3: Heads up, eyes engaged, responding to greetings, shoulders back
Year 4: Holding doors open for staff and each other, initiating greetings, walking with pride

PS - many did the Year 4 thing in Year 1

This is the only outward sign you need of inward progress. It is testament to the sheer hard graft and toil of all learners (teen and adult) in not giving up - on themselves, on each other, and on their potential to shake from life the successes they all deserve.

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