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 […]
- 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, […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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. […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
AROUK – Arakan Rohingya Organisation UK
This business is currently affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
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
Our aim is to offer a range of excellent courses for adults in the Bradford and surrounding areas. We believe that by providing a supportive and comfortable learning environment we can help our learners achieve their full potential.
Bowling College has been at the heart of learning communities for over 20 years. Each year around a thousand learners successfully start and complete their learning journey with us. Our teaching and support staff offer friendly help and advice to learners every step of the way and we feel that this is the reason they succeed.
As an accredited Information, Advice and Guidance Centre we can also help with decisions and guide you through your studies.
At our centre in Manningham, we offer excellent facilities and aim to provide an informal and friendly atmosphere with individual support to all of our learners. We welcome and support learners who are:
19- 23 years old
24+ years old
People with disabilities
People who seek an alternative to a large bustling College
The College offers classroom, distance, blended and work-based learning including Traineeships and Apprenticeships in sectors such as Childcare, Customer Service and Health & Social Care. We provide supported e-learning to create flexibilities for you in maths & English and provide continuous personal development courses delivered via your employer or in college which help you to get on in life through learning. You can also complete a range of qualifications through the supported use of Workbooks that you can complete at home or in college.
Wherever and whenever you study with us please be assured that you will find the same high quality standards and a very warm welcome.
For many of our learners courses are free. To find out more, visit our funding page.
If you have any questions about either us or our courses then you can contact our College Services team on 01274 773310 or check out the rest of our website.
Information, Advice & Guidance
Are you unsure about what you need to do to achieve your goals? Do you need support to help you make the best decision about your training needs? Thanks to the support that our College Services team provides we can help you answer these questions.
Here at Bowling College we are committed to providing impartial Information, Advice & Guidance to everyone that contacts us and our learners throughout their learning journey. As part of this commitment we have developed a strong link with a local not-for-profit organisation called Aspire-i.
They provide impartial IAG support either through face-to-face time in the classroom or through their offices in Bradford and Keighley. Like us they believe that building strong community links and placing people at the heart of everything they do allows people to improve their lives and their prospects. Their core service is to provide careers advice, training, placements, recruitment services and redundancy counselling. They also offer high quality services to young people which means that we can successfully signpost people under the age of 19 who are unable to do a course with us due to funding rules.
You can contact Aspire-i through the following methods:
Aspire-i Limited (Head Office)
Onward House, 2 Baptist Place, Bradford BD1 2PS
Tel: 01274 829400
1-3 John Street, Bradford BD1 3JT
Tel: 01274 379449
Airedale Buildings, Scott Street, Keighley BD21 2SP
Tel: 01535 600267
If you do not wish to contact Aspire-i directly then you can speak to our College Services team.
College Services can help you to choose the right course and can help you to look at which careers might be suitable for you. Phone us on 01274 773310 or email [email protected]
Skills House (formerly known as Connexions Bradford ) is a partnership including educational organisations, voluntary services providers and employers. It helps connect out-of-work adults to jobs and training.
Go to to Skills House Youth if you are looking for information, advice and guidance for young people in the district.
School Admissions Team
Drop-in is currently suspended due to COVID-19. After Covid restrictions, Tuesday morning Drop-In will start again.
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.
Pearson Professional Centres-UK Bradford
You can take your driving theory test at this test centre in the middle of Bradford. Appointments are limited at the moment, because of Covid. For information on rescheduling, refunds, and more, please check out our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).
Women only English classes – Free. Mondays and Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm.
Women only knitting group – Wednesdays 9.30am.
BEES – Conservation Group
In the BEES Conservation Group, we go out in a minibus to work in local places – woods, gardens, orchards eg planting trees.
Back by 3:00-4:00pm. Boots and waterproof coats can be provided.
BEES is a Volunteering Conservation Task Group, part of Bradford YMCA.
Great Horton Library
Bolling Hall Library
Holme Wood Library
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
BEACON – CHAT English Conversation Class
During Covid, the group is meeting online most Wednesdays 10:30-12:00. Contact Alice at [email protected]. She will send you the Zoom link and also a weekly newsletter of English activities.
This is a friendly English Conversation group that meets every week.
All new migrants welcome.
You can relax, have a coffee, make friends, practise and improve your spoken English. And you can learn more about the English way of life. There is a lot of fun too – and sometimes there are trips out together. Because there are plenty of English volunteers, you can chat 1 to 1, or in small groups with an English speaker and other students at the same level as you. It really helps.
Usually, the group meets in the Touchstone building – Weds 10:00-12:00.
Free conversational English practice with English speakers, from 1pm to 2.30pm every Thursday during term time at the St Clements Church, Barkerend Road, BD3 9DF.
Our English club has been running successfully since March 2010, seeing many people improving their English, and some even speaking English for the first time! All welcome.
Everyday English Club – Every Thursday during term time, 1pm to 2.30pm. Open to all levels, everyone welcome – a free English conversation club with English speakers. Parents with pre-school children welcome
English My Way – Every Friday 10am to midday. Aimed at pre-entry level learners, women only, free. A fresh approach to learning ESOL (English as a Second Language). Women with pre-school children welcome.
Better Start Imagination Library
The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a free book giving scheme. Each month until a child is four, a new book is delivered through the post. For parents / carers of all children born after 1 January 2016, living in the Better Start area. Please click the website below and search your post code for the nearest Library.
Talking Together is for parents of two to three year olds who have mild to moderate difficulties in speaking. It aims to give families the skills to improve their child’s communication, to develop an understanding of the importance of play in developing communication, and to give parents the skills and confidence to be actively involved in their child’s play and learning.
There are one-to-one sessions, lasting for one hour, for six weeks, in the child’s home. The sessions can be in English, Urdu or Punjabi. Please call the Number below for more details.
Connecting Opportunities is still running and is open to new referrals during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak. All services for participants are being offered remotely. Existing participants should speak to their Keyworker to discuss specific arrangements.
We work with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community, in West Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire. Connecting Opportunities [CO] helps with:
- developing the skills needed to gain employment in the UK
- improving English
- feeling part of the community
- increasing confidence and well-being