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Charity backs city academy
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A global charity is to sponsor Bradford's new city academy
Bradford is to get a new city academy after a sponsorship deal was signed with a Christian charity.

The Toc H organisation is backing the venture and hopes the new school would allow a better understanding between people from different religious backgrounds.

City academies are state schools built in under-privileged areas with charitable organisations or private firms helping with the initial costs.

The new academy will replace the Bradford Cathedral Community College, which was put into special measures in 2002.

It will be run in partnership between the Christian charity, Bradford City Council and Education Bradford.

Positive development

The Toc H charity supports a number of projects worldwide, including running three schools in India, but this will be its first UK school venture.

A number of academies have been opened across the country with more than 20 more in the proposal stages, including Leeds and Doncaster.

The facilities were introduced by the government in 2001 to raise education standards and 50 are envisaged by 2007.

David Brett, the head of the Cathedral Community College said: "This is a very positive development for our school.

"It will help us build upon our recent achievements and move into an exiting new phase."

Education Bradford's managing director Mark Pattison said: "We are delighted Toc H has agreed to sponsor the Academy as it provides the support needed to improve the life chances of pupils at the cathedral College."

Under the city academy scheme, sponsors invest in the building or modernisation of premises while central government meets the running costs.

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