About Our School

We are pleased to welcome you to our website in which we will aim to share with you the ethos and vision which underpin our provision of exciting and innovative educational and social opportunities for all our young people.
The new Hanson School building on the Sutton Avenue site, is the third building in over 100 years to carry the proud Hanson Name (the first Hanson School opened on Byron Street in 1897). Hanson School has a long established reputation for excellence in education and care for our students and support, for and involvement of, their families.
Hanson is a larger than average 11 to 19 mixed comprehensive school with a good reputation in the City of Bradford. We have 1670 students on roll including 290 in the sixth form.
We are committed to ensuring that talent is nurtured in a safe, orderly and stimulating learning environment. We believe that every child does matter and that by becoming fully involved in their learning, they will get the most out of their time with us and that their learning experiences will be both enjoyable and successful. We are immensely proud of the achievements of all our students and enjoy celebrating them as a school community.
There is a huge emphasis on high academic and personal achievement. We are committed to raising standards of achievement for all students and provide extra support for students throughout the educational spectrum. Hanson is a happy and supportive school which offers a range of educational, social and cultural opportunities to all its young people.
Hanson School is served by new buildings. We have state of the art Sports facilities, practical Science and Technology rooms, modern Media and Creative Arts suites and a variety of learning bases. All of these rooms are served by an innovative ICT solution, with over 1,500 pieces of computer equipment.
The School is especially proud of our on site Additional Resource Centre (ARC) in which students with additional needs can be supported using up to date specialist equipment and resources. The ARC supports Visually Impaired (VI) and Hearing Impaired (HI) students at the school by providing a personalised programme that includes learning in mainstream lessons and alternative specialised provision.
Hanson also hosts the Goals sports complex (one dance studio, ten floodlit astro turf courts and a full size floodlit football pitch) as well the Pulse fitness suite that students have access to. The school has an impressive range of extra curricular, cultural and sporting opportunities for our students.
We want all the students at Hanson to grow into confident, caring and well-educated young adults. We believe that partnerships between parents/carers and the local community are vital for success. Perhaps the best way to get a true flavour of our school is to visit and see us in action.


The pastoral system is organised on a year group basis, each with a Student Achievement Leader and Student Support Leader, and a team of 12 tutors who move, with their forms, through Years 7 to 11.

The role of the form tutor is an important one and we try to involve tutors in all matter concerning students in their form.

The tutor also plays an important role in monitoring student progress, setting realistic targets and guiding students to these targets. To this end all tutors have 1 period per week set aside for Progress Interviews with students from their form where work is checked and discussed and future action agreed.


The school day finishes at 2.50pm. This offers very positive advantages in terms of extra-curricular activities. Many staff give time and expertise in organising a wide range of voluntary clubs and extra-curricular activities to encourage leisure pursuits and sporting excellence in the students. The school encourages foreign exchanges and each year there are a variety of study visits on offer.

In addition, there are many lunchtime activities, including art clubs, computer clubs, chess club and outdoor pursuits.

There is a flourishing and accomplished drama and music section in school with a school wind band, small groups, ensembles and choir. We mount at least one major production each year, having recently performed ‘Guys & Dolls’, ‘Annie’, ‘Our Day Out’ and ‘The Wiz’.


The school has strong links with the local community. Local people benefit from the campus provision including GOALS and the Sports Centre. Community Education Classes, working in partnership with independent providers will be offered from September 2007. We have strong links with many voluntary organisations and local firms.

We are part of an Extended Schools cluster and we annually organise Christmas parcels for the elderly as well as countless fund raising events for local charities.

The school has a Learning Resource Centre, which is used throughout the school day and after school for students in order to help them with their homework, as well as being used for training purposes. The GOALS and Sports Centre are fully booked by local groups in the evening and at weekends. In addition, the school sports fields host the Bradford City Football Club School of Excellence on Sundays.