Bedford College Academies Trust (BCAT) was established to develop and provide the highest quality education to local young people.

Our specific aim is to deliver world-class education and skills to the communities we serve. BCAT sees itself as being part of a local family of schools and academies and will normally only consider sponsoring institutions if they wish to be sponsored by us. Our commitment to Bedfordshire means that we are fully focussed on this area alone, meaning that all of our resources are locally available at all times.

BCAT has gone from strength to strength since its creation in 2013, with an impressive track record of success. BCAT and its sponsors have created three of the four largest 16 to 18 institutions in the county; helped to create Bedford’s first Academy and first Free School; turned around the results of the county’s only UTC and acted as founding Chair of the North Bedfordshire Schools Trust, one of the largest and most successful in the country, comprising 19 primary and secondary schools. BCAT sponsors a new secondary academy and a new primary school, opening in September 2017.