Inspiring Bradford – a week in review

This week we launched Inspiring Bradford, a celebratory week of exemplar events which took place in primary and secondary schools across the city. it’s been a collaborative project between employers, organisations and schools to raise and broaden the aspirations of young people in Bradford. Each event had a real buzz as volunteers, both local and national, visited schools to talk to the young people of Bradford about their careers and inspired them to broaden their horizons.

To see all of the pictures please click here.

Day 1: Inspiring Bradford launch – Beckfoot Heaton Primary School, Friday 13th October

The launch of Inspiring Bradford week took place at Beckfoot Heaton Primary School. A Primary Future themed extravaganza, this event saw a range of people from the business and economy sector talking to children to inspire their learning. The event started with a ‘What’s My Line?’ assembly which the students compered themselves! A firefighter in head-to-toe uniform and a poem recited by Imran Hafeez were just two of the ways the panel revealed their jobs. The assembly was followed by a presentation by Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General CBI, who talked about the world of work and the importance of economics. This was followed by classroom chats which involved a huge range of volunteers.



Aamnah Rahman Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Adeeba Malik CBE QED
Adele Dolby The Prince’s Responsible Business Network
Andy Mellor National Association of Head Teachers
Ann Mroz TES
Beckie Hart CBI (Confederation of British Industry)
Brian Morgan Univar EMEA
Carolyn Fairbairn CBI (Confederation of British Industry)
CBI Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe Bradford Council
Cllr Imran Khan Bradford Council
Damon Boxer Department of Education
Deborah Pocock LVO Royal Warrant Holders Association
Eleisha Edwards Independent singer
Gaggan Sabherwal BBC
Gill Arnold Founder of Community Champions in Bradford
Ian McIntosh Self employed
Ian White EduSupport
Imran Hafeez Bradford Literacy Hub
Jane Balderstone Department of Education
Jean Burlingham The Insolvency Service
Kersten England Bradford Council
Mark Mon Williams University of Leeds
Michael Jameson Department of Children’s Services
Nicola Berry Engie
Paul Smithson Alzheimers Society
Phil Hunter Bradford Council
Ros Flint Caridnal Hume Catholic School
Shabir Hussain Akbars
Shirley Congdon University of Bradford
Simon Hinchcliffe Bradford Grammar
Sophie Hughes Arris
Stephanie Davies Laughology
Usman Ali Ministry of Justice
Vanessa Lee EY (Ernst Young London)
Zamila Bunglawala Cabinet Office

 Day 2: Diversity event – multiple schools, Monday 16th October

The multi school event saw local secondary schools invite primary children to participate in a day of activities including inspirational talks, careers carousels and workshops. Schools that took part included Parkside, Hanson, Carlton Bolling and UAK and just under 40 primary schools participated in these events.


Adele Dolby The Prince’s Responsible Business Network
Alice Carroll
Angela Wright Freelance Artist
Brian Morgan Univar EMEA
Claire Blacka Home Group
Diana Specsavers Opticians Bradford & Girlington
Esther Horner Department for Education
Gohar Deafintions
Hannah Walker Csacaid
Helen Barraclough Bradford College
Janet Smith Harrison Bradford University satem centre
Jenny Carlyle Suma Wholesale
Jenny Cryer Bradford Council
Kelly Deegan Barclays Group
Linda Peltier Binns BMDC
Luke Postlethwaite Aspire
Mohammad Isreb, PhD University of Bradford
Noreen Khan Neesie
Paul Specsavers Opticians Bradford & Girlington
Paul Smithson Alzheimers Society
Phil Forster Leeds Bradford Airport
Phil Cavallier – Lumley Junior Chamber Commerce
Ruby Sohal Connect Business Support
Shabir Hussain Akbars
shakeel aziz Star Youth Project KLY
Taj Salam Councillor
Usman Ali Ministry of Justice

 Day 3: Women in Science – Horton Grange, Tuesday 17th October

This STEM focused event celebrated the roles of women in science and gave children from Horton Grange Primary school the chance to ask scientists a range of questions about their career. The ‘What’s My Line?’ panel included six different volunteers with careers in the science sector. Dame Mary Archer, Chair of The Science Museums Group, spoke about the importance of science and inspired the children of Horton Grange.



Carys Schofield Jacobs
Dame Mary Archer The Science Group
Dr Barbara J. Brooks University of Leeds
Dr Cath Waller University of Hull
Dr Christine Beedham University of Bradford
Dr Liz Breen University of Bradford (Faculty of Management and Law)
Dr Maria Katsikogianni University of Bradford
Dr Philip Drake University of Bradford
Dr Rianne Lord University of Bradford
Dr Sahdia Parveen University of Bradford
Helen Cook University of Bradford
Jenny Waby University of Bradford
Jo Quinton-Tulloch National Science and Media Museum
Dr Kirsten Riches-Suman University of Bradford
Mufaiz Rasool One Stop Building Service
Nadeem Javid University of Bradford
Sarah Lewis Department for Education
Thusitha De Silva Amarasekera GP Leadership Fellows in Leeds
Professor Uduak Archibong University of Bradford
Yana Georgieva Jacobs
Yunus Mussa Mayat City of Bradford Metropolitan
District Council

Day 4: Arts and Creativity event – St Matthews CE Primary School and Nursery, Wednesday 18th October

This event celebrated the arts sector with St Matthew’s CE Primary School and Nursery, it certainly got those creative minds roaming by introducing pupils to a wide range of wonderful careers within the arts sector. The ‘What’s My Line?’ panel included a diverse panel of volunteers including Lloyd Thompson an ex-pupil who reveal his job through a breakdance!


Alex Berry Bradford Cathedral
Alison Cullingford University of Bradford
Angela Wright Freelance
Chamak Kunar Oriental Arts Bradford Limited
Damien O’Keeffe Bradford School of Art &
The Northern School of Creative Industries
Hazel Leonard H M Training Ltd
Isam Batool H M Training Ltd
Jacobo Eliez Gomez University of Bradford
Keisha Hamilton Northern Ballet
Lloyd Thompson Tranquil Productions
Mr Nilesh Mistry City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Stefanie Stead Stead & Co. (Architects)

Day 5: Routes to Apprenticeships and University – Samuel Lister Academy, Thursday 19th October

Secondary school students of Samuel Lister Academy spent the day exploring the diverse variety of routes available to them post-education. Volunteers were invited to discuss apprenticeships, university and starting your own business at this Career Footsteps event. Nicola Brentnall MVO the Director of the Queen’s Trust and Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu co-founder of HOPE For Children Cameroon also delivered an inspiring talk to year 11 and post-16 students.



Angela Wright Freelance
Em Walton British Gypsum
Geoffrey Render Different Strokes Charity
Helen Jordan Thread of Life
Jacobo Eliez Gomez University of Bradford
Joanna Moorehead Social Mobility Foundation
Kirsty Williams Hallmark
Lisa Snowden Woodspeen Training
Nicky Barratt Home Group
Paul Smithson Alzheimers Society
Tasif Khan Professional Boxer
Tazila Samun Department of Health
Usman Ali Ministry of Justice

A range of other primary schools also celebrated Inspiring Bradford through hosting events to inspire their children.

Eldwick Primary School, Friday 13th October

Alexandra Clegg Fundamentals4all
Professor Engobo Emeseh University of Bradford
Julia Beaumont University of Bradford

Westbourne Primary School, Monday 16th October

Phillip Ross University of Bradford
Paul Thorning University of Bradford

Killinghall Primary School, Tuesday 17th October

Kathryn Moorhouse Schofield Sweeney
Lynn Bolton HM Revenue & Customs
Michelle Bateson GMB
Dr. Sanjit Nayak University of Bradford
Kim Hobson Department for Work and Pensions

Priestthorpe Primary School, Wednesday 18th October

Geoffrey Render Different Strokes Charity
Dr. Jill Thompson University of Bradford
Brendan Barrett University of Bradford
Victoria Smith Worth Valley Private Day Nursery
Sue Maiden Worth Valley Private Day Nursery
Dr. Christine Beedham University of Bradford

Peel Park Primary School, Thursday 19th October

Dave Dickens Incommunities
Brendan Barrett University of Bradford
Aamnah Rahman Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Yaseen Mohammed YProperty Ltd

Eastwood Community School, Thursday 19th October

Karen Cobb HM Revenue & Customs

We’d like to extend a massive thank you to all the volunteers and schools who took part in Inspiring Bradford to ensure it was a success. This week was just a start of what we’d like to achieve in Bradford. If you’re a school or a employer in the local area make sure you get involved by signing up to Inspiring the Future.

To see further coverage from the week:

Telegraph and Argus

Keighley News

Bradford Children’s Services blog