Here, you can find out about:
- education and training in Bradford, for children
- education and training for adults
In the UK, the law is:
- all children age 5 – 16 years must go to school, full time
- all young people age 16 – 18 years must go to school, college or training
Parents or legal guardians are responsible for this.
For children age 0 – 4, find out about Childcare in the ‘Caring For Your Family’ section.
- An Introduction to SchoolsWhat age do you start and finish school? Many children start school in September after their 4th birthday. However – if you do not think they are ready for school … Read more
- Choosing a SchoolFind out about local schools. This will help you to decide which ones to apply to. First, go to Schools Finder. Put in your postcode. Choose – 1 mile, 2 miles, … Read more
- How to Apply for a Place at SchoolPrimary and secondary school: if the school year has already started The following information is for you, if you are: new to Bradford and your child is already old enough … Read more
- School Years/Key StagesThe government decides what all children must learn in school. This is called the ‘National Curriculum’. The National Curriculum in England is organised into four ‘key stages’. It does not … Read more
- AttendanceIt is very important to make sure your children regularly attend school. This helps them achieve and get the best possible start in life. In the UK, parents and guardians … Read more
- Education and Training for 16-18sAll young people can leave school at 16 if they want to. But by law they must be in education or training till 18, or in work with training. There … Read more
- Learning English – AdultsLearning English will really help you to find work. It will help you become part of your new community. There are many classes where you can learn English in Bradford. … Read more
- Education and Training for AdultsOver 18? Want to develop your work skills, get a qualification, or simply to learn something new? There are lots of courses you can do in Bradford. Courses run in many different … Read more
- ApprenticeshipsApprenticeships allow you to work and study for a qualification at the same time. This means you can get work experience (and a wage) as well as a qualification. You … Read more
- UniversityAt Bradford University, you study for Higher Education qualifications (e.g. BA Hons and BSc Hons degrees, Masters level and PhD). Bradford College also offers some degree courses. Students of all … Read more
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Speak to your support organisation to make a referral.
AROUK – Arakan Rohingya Organisation UK
Arouk is an international charity based in the city of Bradford.
It is led by people who now live in Bradford, after they or their families experienced persecution in Myanmar and refugee life in Bangladesh.
They advocate and campaign. They also run many community and fund-raising projects in the city, to enable people to integrate and thrive.
AROUK offers support and advice on housing, welfare, healthcare, schools and accessing immigration advice.
There is a Talk English club.
The Children and Families Service also runs arts and crafts for children, group activities for families, Rohingya life and cultural events and trips out during school holidays, as well as home visits for the needs of the family.
Leeds City College University Centre
SkillsHouse is a local partnership of education and training organisations. Made up of Bradford Council’s Employment and Skills department and partners, it supports people across the Bradford District to find appropriate training and help apply for jobs.
SkillsHouse can also support young people with their post 16 options through the different options highlighted on the SkillsHouse website.
School Admissions Team
The Admissions Team process the annual allocations to Reception and Y7, in-year applications and also the appeals procedure.
They offer advice to parents and other agencies regarding all admission and appeal related enquiries.
Also, they provide advice and guidance to schools concerning current and new legislation relating to admissions and ensure that the statutory responsibilities are carried out in accordance with the School Admissions and School Appeals Code of Practice.
[email protected] (in-year and appeal queries)
[email protected] (annual allocation to secondary school queries)
[email protected] (annual allocation to primary school queries)
Formerly the New Communities and Travellers team.
What do we do?
The Access team supports families from Central and Eastern Europe, refugees, asylum seekers, travellers and vulnerable groups, with access to education.
Families can self-refer by contacting us on 01274 439393 or they can attend our drop-in, details below. Or they can be referred by any professional on behalf of the family. See below.
The service also supports and signposts its client group, taking into account the wider family support needs including SEN, Benefits and Early Help. Specialist staff in the team advocate on behalf of families who are experiencing barriers in accessing appropriate education settings. There are workers within the team who speak languages including Slovak, Polish, Czech and Hungarian but we can also access most languages through our partner, Enable2.
Interpreting and translation
For any queries relating to interpreting and translation, please email [email protected] or call 01274 439393.
Free School Meals (FSM)
The Access team only support with FSM enquiries for asylum seekers. If you have any other queries relating to FSM, please contact 01274 432772.
Refugees and asylum seekers
Refugee and asylum seeker children have the same entitlement to education as other children in the UK however they can often find it harder to access education due a number of barriers which may include language, past experience and trauma. The Access Team aim to support refugee and asylum seekers into education through practical support and advice. The Access Team is also on hand to provide advice and support to schools who have refugee and asylum seeker children on roll. Please see our ‘Quick guide to refugees and asylum seekers’.
How to make a referral for support with access to education?
Please ensure that families have consented to the referral, where possible getting consent to sharing information form signed by the family prior to making a referral.
The Access Team runs a drop-in at Britannia House, every Tuesday morning between 9:30-11:30am during term-time. If families are being signposted to the drop-in, they are asked to attend with the children needing school places and with copies of their ID and tenancy documents.
BEES – Conservation Group
They offer a broad range of environmental education opportunities to young people, individuals, community groups, schools and businesses; enabling and inspiring people to make a positive contribution to their local environment, develop skills and explore the natural environment.
Some of the Services at the Library:
- Disabled access
- Community garden
- Reference collection
- Local history
- Asian language books
Monday: Storytime, 4.30pm to 5pm
Friday: Rhymetime, 1.30pm to 2pm
Sunday: Colouring, 1.30pm to 2pm
- Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 7pm
- Friday and Saturday, 9.30am to 4pm
- Sunday, 12 noon to 4pm
Great Horton Library
- Mondays, 1pm to 3pm – Threads & Needles Craft Group
- Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm – Tuesday Friends Lunch Group
- Thursdays, 11am to 12.30pm – Stay & Play including Storytime/Rhymetim
- Mondays: 1pm to 3pm
- Tuesdays: 10am to 2pm
- Thursdays: 10am to 2pm
Bolling Hall Library
The Community Library is located in a dedicated room within the historic manor house, Bolling Hall. It is well stocked with books for adults, teenagers and children as well as a small selection of audio CD’s and large print editions. It is now staffed by volunteers who can help with reservations from the full Bradford Library catalogue and there is a computer with internet access available for public use as well as Wifi.
Friday during term time, – 11.30am to 12.30pm: Story and Rhyme time for children under five years. Free weekly fun sessions of stories, crafts and rhymes.
- Wednesday 10am to 2pm
- Thursday 10am to 2pm
- Friday 10am to 3.30pm
- Saturday 11.30am to 3pm
- Sunday 11.30am to 3pm
Holme Wood Library
Monday: 10am to 2pm
Tuesday: 10am to 2pm
Thursday: 10am to 2pm
Monday 10am to 2pm
Tuesday 10am to 2pm
Wednesday 10am to 2pm
Services at the library
- Disabled access
- Asian language books
- Council information
- Children’s activities
- Free Internet access, word processing, etc.
- Monday, 9.30am to 7pm
- Tuesday, 9.30am to 5.30pm
- Wednesday, 9.30am to 1pm
- Thursday, 9.30am to 7pm
- Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm
- Saturday, 9.30am to 4pm
City Library can hold up to 60,000 books, 40 computers, a range of newspapers and free Wi-Fi.
Library staff are on hand to help people with their choice of books, answer information enquiries and help people gain IT skills.
There are events and learning sessions for various groups. You can also use self service kiosks to issue and return books.
- Rhyme Times on Wednesday morning at 10am
- Story Times on Saturday mornings at 11am
- Work Club Thursday 10am to 12 noon
- Learn My Way Sessions Tuesday 2pm to 4pm
The Library is open between the following hours:
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 7pm
Friday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm
Kirkgate Centre Shipley
The Kirkgate Centre is a busy community and social action centre serving Shipley.
We are a registered charity and a registered company.
Most importantly, we are a membership organisation. Members of the Kirkgate Centre run the centre and have the power to call meetings, elect trustees and become trustees themselves. Membership is free to anyone living in the Shipley area.
Kirkgate Spotlight English Conversation Club – Every Tuesday, from 10am to 11.30am
Millan Centre is a community centre for girls and women. We run educational, social and health related activities for women, girls and children in the Manningham and Heaton area.
Millan Centre is a charitable organisation and a company limited by guarantee. The registered office is at the Centre. There are 5 members of the Management Committee who have overall responsibility for the Centre and a small team of full and part-time staff.
Millan Centre’s aim is to provide women and girls with:
- A stimulating, responsive and varied programme of educational, training and social activities in a safe and accessible environment
- Support to empower individuals to achieve their full potential and become active citizens
- Equal access to opportunities regardless of race, disability or age and a valuing of diversity
- Opportunities through partnerships with other groups and organisations
The Anchor Project is a community-based organisation that has worked in a challenging area of inner-city Bradford (ranked in the top 1% most deprived living areas in the UK), for the last eighteen years. The focus of our work is to engage with, and support some of the most marginalised, vulnerable and isolated in our neighbourhood, and to improve community wellbeing and integration.
Our current activities include:
- Elders lunch and activities club (Mon 11am – 1pm)
- BD3 CARE – Drop-in support for asylum seekers and refugees (Tues 10am – 12noon)
- Everyday English conversation group (Thurs 1pm – 2.30pm)
- English My Way group (Friday 10.15am – 11.45am)
- Monthly BD3 Garden Club
- Annual BD3 Gardening Competition and festival
- Various environmental and art projects/groups around BD3
- Quarterly inter-faith lunches and activities
- Come Together – parents and pre-school children singing group
- Host various workshops for service users and volunteers
Connecting Opportunities (CO) is a project working with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community.
Some local organisations that specialise in working with migrants are working together to offer
- tailored support
- cultural orientation
- English language classes
- other training across West Yorkshire and part of North Yorkshire (Craven, Harrogate, Selby and York)
- provide work placements to help people get a foothold in the job market