Principal receives OBE for services in Further Education in New Year's Honours List


Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) Principal, Anthony Bravo, receives an OBE for his exceptional contributions to education and the local community from Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal. This prestigious recognition comes in acknowledgement of his exceptional contributions to education and the local community.

Anthony Bravo has served as Principal of BCoT for over 15 years, during which time he has overseen a period of remarkable growth and success for the College, focusing on partnership, community, income generation and workforce development. Under his visionary leadership, BCoT has:

  • Developed a thriving and inclusive learning environment that champions diversity and empowers all students to reach their full potential, evidenced in the College's latest Ofsted rating of outstanding for personal development, attitudes and behaviours and adult learning programmes.
  • Introduced innovative and industry-relevant courses and programs that equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the modern workforce.
  • Forged strong partnerships with local businesses and organisations, creating valuable work experience opportunities for students and contributing to the economic development of the region.
  • Embraced the evolving technological landscape, not only integrating industry-relevant technology into curricula but also exploring the potential of AI to personalise learning and enhance student success.

"Every day I say I have the best job in the world. I am incredibly humbled and honoured to receive this award," said Anthony Bravo. "It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all the staff at BCoT and our Board of Governors. I am so proud of the positive impact we have made on the lives of our students and the wider community."

Chair of the Board of Governors, Mike Howe said “This well-deserved OBE is a fitting tribute to Anthony's outstanding leadership and unwavering commitment to education. He is an inspiration to students, staff, and the wider community.

Anthony has been a vocal advocate for further education, serving on national advisory boards and committees, and actively promoting the value of vocational and technical skills. He is a highly respected figure in the education sector, and his expertise and insights are sought after by policymakers and educators alike. The College is proud to see him receive such an honour.”


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