The Vision

To provide outstanding learning and progression opportunities responsive to the needs of every learner.

Our Message about NCB’s values
M – Motivation
E – Engagement
S – Self-responsibility
S – Success
A – Achievement
G – Going the extra mile
E – Equality and inclusiveness

NCB will offer many unique and distinctive features which make it stand out as the “provider of excellence” in central Bradford and beyond.

The new school will be much bigger than Bradford’s school sixth forms. This will bring a number of unique benefits which make it stand out from the town’s current schools:


1. “Wraparound” care and support.

Q. What does this mean?

A. It means that from your first expression of interest, right through to the point where you leave us and beyond, you will have consistency.
Your Progress Tutor will be there throughout your Learning Journey. S/he will guide your Study Programme choices when you apply, will interview you, meet you at enrolment, support, mentor, coach you while you are at college, prepare you for progression, whether this is to university, apprenticeship, employment or further training and learning.


2. NCB staff team rated “Grade 1 – outstanding”.

Q. What does this mean?

A. This means that the team running your college are all judged outstanding as teachers and leaders. Ofsted Outstanding is a gold standard awarded to only a select few. It tells you that Her Majesty’s Inspectors judged us to be outstanding in getting students’ results to exceed expectations. It tells you that they judged our teaching to be first class, and that these two things are possible because our leaders are outstanding, and their leadership is making a real difference to student success.


3. NCB offers a distinctive Ethos

Q. What does this mean?

A. This means that you will study and learn in a young adult environment. There is no uniform or dress code, there are no bells, teachers are called by their first names, and there are times in the week when you are “free” either to study independently, with others, or to join in the many opportunities in Sport, Theatre, Music, outdoor and community projects, which are available to you outside lessons. We see you as a co-equal in your learning, and expect you to work with us in ensuring you achieve success.


4. NCB offers an extensive, “open to all” curriculum

Q. What does this mean?

A. This means that we offer a large choice of subjects, which you can study in any combination. Our distinctive timetable model ensures that we can timetable all your subject choices without any of the restrictions on combination which you may find in smaller providers. We offer a wide and diverse range of both A-level subjects, and vocational qualifications for those of you who want to follow a particular career path. Because of our size, we can offer “minority” subjects such as Geology, Music, French and Spanish; and will involve all our students in planning and reviewing our curriculum. Our courses do have subject specific entry requirements which will be published for NCB in September 2018. You will need to meet these for each course you want to take.


5. NCB will provide you with world of work opportunities

Q. What does this mean?

A. This means that throughout your study programme we will be working with you to provide work experience internships, and careers and progression are embedded into the teaching of every subject through guest speakers, lectures, trips, university links and many others. So, if for instance, you are studying Business, we will work with you to ensure you have not only plenty of contact with employers and universities, but also the opportunity to join our internship programme.


6. NCB is an inclusive provider

Q. What does this mean?

A. This means that we are passionately committed to every individual learner’s achievement regardless of their starting point. We recognise that every student is a unique individual with a distinct set of needs and goals. We will meet those needs whether it is support in writing or number, help with a physical difficulty, or more challenging work to prepare you for a prestigious university.


7. NCB is committed to the Learner Voice and provides a Student Union and an Executive Council affiliated to the National Union of Students

Q. What does this mean?

A. This means that every year you will elect your Student Executive, and your President and Vice President will be affiliated to the Governing Corporation, and will hold focus groups with the student body in order to broker improvements in the student experience.


8. NCB will be a vibrant, happy college community

Q. What does this mean?

A. This means that that NCB is committed to providing a happy, welcoming, warm, community, in which everybody – staff and students – work in partnership to ensure that the student experience is second to none, and one that will give you rich memories and deep lifelong friendships.


9. NCB will count you in hundreds, but respond to you in ones.

Q. What does this mean?

A. This means that we are committed to meeting your individual needs and goals agreeing a learning and progression plan which matches these, and working with you to ensure your plan is started, monitored, and followed through to the point of your progression. We invest heavily in staff to fulfil this promise. During your time at NCB, you will get to know personally a whole range of experts, all dedicated to your successful achievement and progression. Careers advisers, university advisers, employment mentors, coaches and counsellors – as well as the Principal, whose door is always open for students.