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Bristol Futures Curriculum

BFA’s Vision

BFA’s vision is to provide our young people with an educational experience that nurtures and cares for each student’s academic and personal needs, allowing them to grow and develop to continue their journey successfully. We deliver core academic subjects in a smaller and more supportive environment as well as a plethora of Vocational and creative subjects to allow students to be able to express themselves whilst gaining the skills and qualifications to be able to move onto desirable destinations.

We offer a wrap-around experience with therapeutic interventions, strong pastoral and family support, and subject specific educators. We understand our students as individuals may have had trauma with past educational settings and home life experiences; our aim is to provide these students with a bespoke and positive learning experience, whilst adapting to their needs and circumstances.

Each student will have 1:1 pastoral time with their mentor and further therapeutic support if needs be. We have a strong family support network with a family liaison officer, onsite police officer and counsellor who will offer support for the students and their family at home. They will have regular curriculum meetings to ensure support and guidance throughout their learning. We aim to provide a structured education with the flexibility to deliver this to meet the student’s needs.

Learning Outside the Classroom

Each week students will visit a site of significant cultural, environmental, sporting or historic importance within Bristol.

All of the curriculum will be delivered with a number of outside learning opportunities such as trips and visits and offsite learning as we live in a vibrant city which has so much to offer our students.

We are strong believers that it is of vital importance that students are exposed to the cultural capital and important knowledge they need to succeed in their futures.

Our Curriculum Offer

BFA follows the national curriculum for alternative secondary provisions, these subjects include:


  • Maths
  • English Language and Literature
  • Science

Functional Skills (L1 & L2):

  • Maths
  • English

Entry Level (L1 & 2):

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science

Pupils also have the option to choose between a vast variety of qualifications and activities that suit their own interests. Students can gain formal qualifications in:

  • Catering
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Product Design
  • Swimming
  • Rock Climbing
  • Survival Skills

BFA offers a wide range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities which include:

  • Community Based Arts Projects
  • Mountain Biking
  • Boxing
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Construction

The majority of students will also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze Level