Principal's Welcome

BSS Digital Media and Film Academy is a highly successful comprehensive school for students from 14-19 years old. Our students are a pleasure to work with; creative, professional, empathetic and fun, they continually challenge themselves to achieve personal targets and ensure they are ready for their future careers.

This is acompanied by a team of dedicated and passionate staff who are driven to deliver a curriculum that is accessible to all,  to help students develop socially and emotionally and empower them to achieve their dreams. We have high expectations and as a result of our innovative and enriching curriculum, students become confident and enthusiastic learners, develop varied creative and academic talents and are caring and valuable people.

As a school we continually strive and improve on our previous best, never taking our success for granted. Last year our 6th form was rated "Good" by Ofsted. The foundation of this is from our 100% A Level pass rate (A* - E) and our 100% BTEC pass rate (D* - P), a result that we are very proud of. Our 6th form photography results are the best in Bath. We are equally as proud of our GCSE students who make excellent progress and develop socially and emotionally acquiring skills of leadership and teamwork.

We are proud of the members of our community, our facilities and our standards of achievement and believe that every student should and can flourish whilst in our care and help contribute to a happy and purposeful school environment based on an inclusive culture of mutual respect.  


It is a great privilege and responsibility to be the first  principal of BSS Digital Media & Film academy. I believe that all young people, no matter their background should have learning opportunities that provide them with the foundations to lead successful and satisfying lives. I want to provide a school which transforms lives; a school where every student feels great pride to be part of the Studio School community; a school which captures the imagination of young people and provides them with the greatest range of choices once they leave. Now nearly three years old, with our first set of exam results behind us, we are growing in confidence and popularity and  establishing a solid reputation in the city.

As a parent myself, with one child in primary and two in secondary, I understand  how important it is to make the right choice for your child’s education. I can reassure you that with my  colleagues, the backing of our trust and employer partners, we are on course to establish a first class new school for the city.

This website aims to provide you with an insight into the values, character and ethos of the school, but to fully appreciate what we have to offer, we warmly encourage you to come and see us at work. You are welcome to visit us at any time during the year.

Please contact the school or call me on my direct line 01225 831930 for any further information or to arrange an appointment.I would be delighted to hear from you and share my passion for the school.

Colin Cattanach


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