About Us

Here at Shipley College, we understand education

Since the doors opened to the purpose-built Victoria Road School in 1868, we’ve followed a legacy of education that has paved the way for incredible stories and successes. We became Shipley College in 1969 and have continued since then to expand our offer, catering to the needs of the people of Bradford.

Over the years, we have provided a huge range of courses for people to explore their passions and make strides in their careers. Studying with us means you’re part of our expansive history and we can’t wait to see what you go on to achieve.

We have an inclusive and accepting culture, encouraging people of all backgrounds and nationalities to take advantage of our incredible facilities and knowledgeable tutors. Your safety is paramount to us and we have systems in place to ensure you feel comfortable during your studies. We work hard to shine a spotlight on equality and diversity by marking awareness days, celebrating different religions and encouraging an open discussion.

We are rated Grade 2 “GOOD” by Ofsted!

We're very proud of our Ofsted rating which acknowledges the excellent behaviour of our students and friendly atmosphere. We have strong partnerships with employers and other organisations which help us offer the highest level of education and training to successfully meet the needs of the local community. 

Following a full inspection in 2013, Ofsted carried out a short inspection update in the autumn term of 2016, and another in January 2020.

Shipley College is Ofsted Good

See our Ofsted Full Inspection Report 2013. See the first short inspection Ofsted Report Dec 2016, and the most recent Ofsted Report Jan 2020.

See our Annual Report which highlights our mission, successes and positive student experiences.



Nav Chohan, Principal

Nav Chohan, Principal photo

Shipley College is a small, friendly place that really cares about every person that comes through the door and we pride ourselves on giving every student the individual support they deserve.

Whether you are a school leaver, mature student or employer, I am confident we provide excellent opportunities to develop skills and qualifications. 

I am delighted that our Student Survey results and employer feedback continue to be extremely positive as we provide a fantastic learning environment for all our students.

I am proud of the commitment and hard work of all the college’s staff, students and governors and pleased that this has been recognised by Ofsted in our latest inspection.

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