History of the College

Immanuel College was born out of opportunities created by the re-organisation of Bradford schools from three tiers to two tiers around the new millennium. It was the first ever Voluntary Aided Church of England Secondary school to be built in Bradford Diocese.

The first cut was made in the ground on December 5th 1999 using a ceremonial spade. The spade was wielded by the then Bishop of Bradford, The Right Revd David Smith.

Later, a foundation stone was laid on the 4th April 2000 when the Bishop was joined by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Harry Mason. This stone is now part of the wall in our main hall.

Building work then progressed speedily, allowing some of the thousand students to occupy part of the building (B Block mainly) at the beginning of the new term. The rest of the students (Key Stage 4) were housed in a closed Middle School in Idle. This was an interesting time of ‘making do’ with the younger students all squeezed into B Block: eating lunch in classrooms which had to be turned into teaching spaces immediately afterwards. The older students at the old Thorpe Middle building were equally having to use less than ideal facilities designed for much younger children.

Eventually, the whole school building was completed. The process from inception to completion had taken 24 months. On the 5th October 2001, the Archbishop of York, the most Revd David Hope, in front of the TV cameras and the press, opened the school and released hundreds of balloons carrying prayers of hope from Immanuel students.

Since that time, over five thousand students have joined the Immanuel family: the family whose name means, ‘God with us’.