A History of BCS

Bradford Christian school opened in 1993 with just 16 pioneering families and a staff who believed they could provide ‘discipleship as part of a quality education’.

The school had grown out of the ministry of First Steps Christian Pre-school and both settings were situated on the Church on the Way site at Five Lane Ends, Idle.

The school grew steadily to 150 students over the next eight years. Greatly indebted to Church on the Way, the school outgrew the site and took the decision in 2001 to rent rooms on Bolton Lane, a mile from the city centre where a dance school was situated. The site was used in the evening while the school used it during the day. Within two terms we had bought the present home of the school in Bolton Woods.

The winter of 2001 was very exciting, we were able to acquire a vacant school building. After some skilful refurbishment, the Secondary Department moved in at Spring Bank of the following year followed by the rest of the school in September 2002.

The school has grown to around 170 students. We have made regular alterations to the site to accommodate our growth, including converting the old school bike sheds into a very comfortable and inspiring art room in 2006.

In September of 2009 , the school applied successfully for funding for the Early Years Foundation stage. It now houses a nursery taking children from the first term after their 3rd birthday.

In September 2016, the School in partnership with Education Bradford, opened a DSP unit to work with students with special educational needs.

What we stand for, see our School Aims

Our students recently told us what they thought of BCS.


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