Bradford city centre site confirmed for new sixth form college

Article dated Friday Nov 3, 2017 at 10:19 AM

Bradford Council has welcomed the announcement that a new £19m sixth-form college for 1,200 students will be built in the centre of the city.

A site in Nelson Street has been chosen for New College Bradford, which is set to open its doors in 2019.

Bradford Council has worked closely with the Government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency to ensure the post-16 free school can go ahead at the chosen site.

The new school will be run by a sixth form college sponsor with a strong track record of delivering outstanding education. It joins New College Doncaster and New College Pontefract which are part of the same trust (the New Collaborative Learning Trust).

The location has excellent transport links for young people as it is within easy walking distance of Bradford Interchange.

The new sixth-form centre will boost the quality and choice of post-16 options and offer young people in Bradford a fantastic learning environment and access to a wide range of A Levels.

Bradford Council carried out a review of post-16 education last year which identified the need for a small number of large sixth forms schools in key areas of demand, such as Bradford city centre.

The announcement that Nelson Street has been chosen as the site for New College Bradford helps to fulfil this vision.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport said: "We welcome this major investment into Bradford city centre. The site has excellent transport links and will be accessible to young people across our district. It will increase the footfall into our city and provide an excellent campus for young people to learn in".

Coun Imran Khan, Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills said: "This is great news for Bradford's young people. New College Bradford's trust have a strong track record for delivering post-16 education.

"This new school will boost the choice and quality of A-level, BTEC and other qualifications available. It will increase the chances of young people from Bradford fulfilling their potential and going on to the higher education and employment they aspire to."

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