Bowden Academy

March 7, 2024

The Raleigh Education Trust submitted an AP Free School application in partnership with Nottingham last year. Following the Spring budget yesterday, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced our successful application for a multi-million-pound investment in a 100-place Alternative Provision ‘Bowden Academy’ for pupils permanently excluded from school.

Raleigh has been synonymous with hope, economic prosperity, and innovation since it began in 1885 on Raleigh Street in Nottingham. Sir Frank Bowden founded the Raleigh Bike Company just three years later, igniting a legacy that continues to inspire us today. The Raleigh Education Trust, in partnership with Nottingham City Council, is bringing that same hope, prosperity, and innovation to vulnerable children and their families across the city. The Bowden Academy, named after Raleigh’s founder, will work with the entire educational community to give our children the best start into early adulthood. The school will provide places for children who have been permanently excluded from school as well as intervention places to support children at risk of exclusion.

This marks a significant milestone that presents an excellent opportunity for the Raleigh Education Trust to make a real difference in the lives of many children at risk of falling out of the system. By catching them early, we can help ensure they have the support they need to thrive.

We will continue to keep you updated on the developments of Bowden Academy. Exciting times ahead!

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