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The day to day activities of BOA are funded by the Department of Education. The sponsors are: Ormiston Trust and Birmingham City University.
Improving the life-chances of children and young people.
Ormiston Trust is a national charity that aims to improve the life-chances of children and young people so they can fulfil their potential and lead happy and productive adult lives.
Our mission is to invest in the delivery of high quality practice in children’s services and schools that will improve well-being and attainment. To achieve our mission, we work in close partnership with young people, families, the community and other stakeholders, including statutory and voluntary organisations, the private sector, and local and national government.
The Ormiston Trust is a multi sponsor of academies, with 11 academies operating across the country. The academies are supported through Ormiston Academies Trust and Ormiston Education.
Birmingham City University is a forward-looking institution with 25,000 students and an excellent and established reputation for arts, media, performance and design. Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham School of Acting and Birmingham School of Media are examples of parts of the University which together produce over 1,200 new creative industries professionals every year, making the University the largest supplier of new talent to the UK’s cultural and creative industries outside London. A combination of academic and practical training, access to state-of-the-art facilities and professional development in partnership with industry leaders, ensures that the University’s graduates enter the workplace with passion, creativity and the skills to succeed.
Linking up with the Ormiston Trust, Birmingham City University seeks to provide similar learning opportunities for the 14 to 19 age group and to provide real opportunities for talented young people from across the region. As BOA develops Birmingham City University will not only continue to provide advice and support on curricular development and industry engagement, but will introduce progression programmes to help ensure that Academy students set themselves high aspirations and get access to high quality degree-level education.
The emphasis on partnership formed the basis of the Academy’s inception, set out by founding educational partner, the BRIT School and founding industry partner Maverick TV. The early vision for the Academy was always to develop a strong outward facing ethos in which students and staff from BOA would benefit from a network of expertise and opportunities from partners and industry curriculum affiliates. These partnerships have continued to flourish in the Academy’s infancy; the links with the BRIT School and Maverick remain robust and vibrant, and new partners from across the West Midlands region and beyond continue to emerge as BOA becomes a hub for creative and digital innovation and excellence.
BOA is committed to engaging directly and creatively with its community, educational and industry partners. From the outset the Academy will work closely with Birmingham City Council, other West Midlands Local Authorities and the Creative Industries in Eastside and beyond.