Bradford – Urban Arts

The PiPeLine Productions Academy for the Urban Arts was set up in partnership with Artworks Creative Communities with a £100,000 grant from the Youth Opportunities Fund as an Alternative Provision, taking referrals from schools of pupils aged 11-16 who were disengaging with the usual education process. These might be young people who are disruptive in class, on the verge of exclusion, excluded from site, or pupils with low to zero attendance. The absolute main aim of the provision is, where appropriate, to get pupils to re-engage and re-attend school in the usual way although it is recognised that this is not always possible or even always completely desirable. The Academy primarily used the Urban Arts, among other subjects, to deliver elements of tradition subjects in a way that might potentially resonate with some of these pupils but as the provision has evolved over the years it’s come to have a strong focus on maths and english followed by qualifications in Music Technology, Interactive Media, Business & Enterprise, and now Art & Design.

Our morning session is usually devoted to working on coursework for GCSE English and Mathematics. In the afternoon we work on our “core” subjects, working towards V-Cert qualifications. Alongside these subjects, we take time out to engage in sporting activities such as five-a-side football and Boxercise and other subjects centred on developing life-skills and a wider knowledge of life. We specialise in working with hard to reach young people but will only take referrals for young people who have a spark of interest in even one of the elements we offer.

We have limited places and on any given day we currently offer a maximum of 20 pupil places per day (each given pupil, a maximum for three days per week in any one of our provisions). This enables us to offer focused attention and tuition and keeps problematic group dynamics to a minimum.

Our day is divided into the following session times:
9.00am-9.30am – Breakfast Club.
9.30-10.30am – Session One – Revision/homework/tutorial time.
10.30-11.30am – Session Two – Working on GCSE Mathematics and English coursework/revision.

11.30am-12noon – Break/Refreshments
12noon-1pm – Session Three – Working on GCSE Mathematics and English coursework/revision.
1pm-1.45pm – Lunch – We offer a wide variety of items that can be purchased on site. Alternatively, pupils can be taken under supervision to any of the many shops in the area.
1.45pm-2.45pm – Session Four – Creative/V-Certs project work.
2.45pm – Finish

Our policies, procedures, and various forms, including referral forms, can be found here:
A day is charged at £70 per pupil but we offer cheaper rates for extended or multiple bookings.


This programme is designed to boost the confidence of participants by giving them success in incremental steps. The final outcomes are big steps to take and seem unobtainable at the outset but in following the programme, a logical upward progression is made, each subsequent challenge appears to be a logical progression from the previous challenge and each success increases the confidence allowing the participant to feel that they can achieve all of the tasks. It is designed to meet and surpass all of the following outcomes:

  • unique3 cdImprove participants’ transversal competencies (self-esteem, confidence, communication skills, motivation, social interaction, soft-skills, positive engagement with the wider community etc.)
  • Improve participants’ prospects including their enterprise skills and employability, giving them impressive CVs as well as clear directions into employment or further training.
  • Enable participants to engage in exceptional work placements and work experience along with the prospect of paid employment.
  • Give participants the skills to set themselves up in businesses that succeed.
  • Contribute to a reduction of NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) young people in the Bradford District.
  • Engage disaffected and hard to reach young people.
  • Promote integration and a cohesive community, catering for all types of young people, including those with physical impairments.