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Forster Community College
Forster Community College - Our story


Formerly known as Bradford Cathedral Centre, Forster Community College has a rich history of providing quality education and learning opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged members of the Bradford Community for the past 35 years.

In the 1840’s, the Reverend William Scoresby was sent to Bradford by the Church of England and became Vicar of St Peter’s Parish Church (which became Bradford Cathedral in 1919) from 1829 to 1847. Reverend William Scoresby had a lifelong passion for education which began the legacy of Forster Community College. He was horrified by the conditions he encountered on his arrival in Bradford and realised the need for new schools in the community. He went on to become the founder of four schools in Bradford, including the Parish School on Stott Hill (now Forster Community College).

In 1980 the Provost of Bradford Cathedral, Brandon Jackson, received a donation of £3,000 from a local businessman to “do something” about unemployment. By that time the textile industry had fallen into terminal decline which had taken it’s toll on the communities of Bradford. Many were left without jobs and did not have the necessary skills to find new work. At that time the building that currently houses Forster Community College was vacant. Therefore, on 15th August 1981, Bradford Cathedral Centre was established welcoming the first six members of staff to run a 35 place Youth Opportunities Programme.

In 2011/2012 the College looks forward, embracing the challenges ahead with a vision and continued passion for delivering good quality education and training opportunities. Our learning portfolio is vibrant and purposeful. We challenge you to fulfil your potential and flourish whilst enjoying your educational experience & future employment/career prospects.

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