KS3, KS4 and Post 16

Our learning programme addresses cross-curricular themes and dimensions and a variety of curriculum areas e.g. RE, art, English, Ccitizenship, SMSC and history.  It allows young people opportunities to consider what it means to be 'Proud to be from Bradford' and to focus on heritage, identity and belonging and the stories that the Cathedral has to tell about Bradford and its people.  The RE content of our learning programme addresses Believing and Belonging in West Yorkshire, and the Leeds Diocesen RE Syllabus for voluntary aided schools.Our provision also addresses key elements of the GCSE RE programmes of study. All learning sessions and trails are experiential and include opportunities for students to reflect and to respond creatively to being in a unique sacred space. The experience provides opportunities for students to contemplate difficult questions about Christianity, other world religions and alternative world views.


  • Christian Belief and Practice
  • Signs and Symbols
  • The Growth of Christianity in the North of England
  • Remarkable Women
  • World War I and Remembrance

World War I and the Memorial Bells

This session is linked to our  HLF Memorial Bells Project  and looks at community, collective memory and commemoration in the context of World War I.  Students explore the history of bells in Christianity and the Cathedral and compare the use of bells, to the use of call and response in other religious traditions. They  use artefacts, documents and exhibition materials to find out about Bradford bell ringer Joe Hardcastle and the Cathedral's World War I Memorial Bells. They explore the reliability of sources and decide on appropriate ways to interpret archive evidence, to retell the story of the Memorial Bells for different audiences.


Reflection and Responding Creatively

The Cathedral Education Team are happy to facilitate teacher led opportunities for quiet, reflective  time to enable the experience of awe, wonder and mystery in this special and unique Christian place of worship. Likewise it is possible to arrange appropriate teacher led sessions, that encourage participants to respond in a range of creative ways to the Cathedral experience. 

Bespoke Sessions

If possible we encourage schools to choose from the learning sessions and workshops outlined above. However should group leaders have particular content that they would like the Education Team to cover, please make this clear at the time of booking and whenever possible we will endeavour to meet your needs.

Post 16 and Lifelong Learning

The Cathedral regulary hosts groups of visitors from sixth forms, colleges and universities, including those who are on under graduate and post graduate initial teacher education courses. We also offer trails, talks and workshops for community groups and welcome people from all backgrounds and of all ages.

Sixth Form Conferences

The Cathedral Education Team aspires to host an annual sixth form conference with a focus on current issues of faith in a diverse and ever changing society.