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Welcome to the Ummid Independent School

A Brief Background
Ummid independent School is a BESD registered independent school catering for KS3 & KS4 secondary aged young people who are unable to attend a mainstream school.

Historically, our school has been linked to that of Bradford District PRU, alongside referrals from mainstream and special schools within Bradford and neighbouring Local Authorities.

Ummid Independent School's structure is a setting for children whose needs cannot be met in a mainstream setting. offering short-term and long-term placements, in addition to bespoke packages within your school settings if required.

We offer a full-time timetable with a minimum of 25-hours tuition per week for every learner, incorporating Functional Skills, BTecs and volunteering opportunities. Furthermore, we offer extra-curricular activities, including summer residential opportunities which have proved to be very welcome extras for our families.

Our Specialism
Our area of specialism has seen success with children who have emotional, social and behavioural difficulties with added learning needs. Those with additional Learning Difficulties have been both moderate and some severe. We have enjoyed particular success working with medium to high risk offending behaviour, and reducing behaviour and working with students with complex health needs.

These needs involve:

  • issues of child mental health
  • homelessness
  • serious risk-taking behaviours
  • involvement with CSE or other forms of exploitation including handling of drugs
  • matters of alcohol and substance misuse
  • witnesses to domestic violence and chaotic home lifestyles
  • many are involved in anti social behaviours with a high degree of learners known to police and youth offending teams, with significant patterns of non-attendance and exclusion.

The school operates across three sites to meet the needs of learners. Two sites are long-term provision and one site is a short-term assessment centre for students either permanently excluded from school or on a managed move between mainstream schools.

The group as a whole represent some of Bradford’s most vulnerable young people.

Admission to Ummid Independent School is non-standard and Referrals are welcomed all year round. Numbers are not static and learners on roll can fluctuate averaging between 20-40.

To support these young people, we build an inclusive and stimulating school that enables every learner to build positive relationships and continue their education. Importantly, on leaving Ummid Independent School young people should be both academically and socially equipped to take on the challenge of post-16 education, training or employment, able to make positive decisions about their lives and positive contributions to their local communities.

Unlike a traditional school, Ummid is a commissioned enterprise that works collaboration with PRU, BACs and Schools across the Authority. This vibrant learning community offers a range of educational and enrichment activities aimed at protecting vulnerable young people, engaging hard to reach learners and improving their educational outcomes by working with a number of key agencies. We organise a number of drop in clinics to ensure a regular interface between involved agencies to the benefit of those learners with multiple and complex needs. The clinics include:


  • YOT

  • Connexions

  • Drugs & Alcohol Team

  • Work experience coordinator

  • Link school nurses