Improving lives, inspiring change

Head Teachers Message

On behalf of staff, pupils and Governors Welcome to Brian Jackson College

Brian Jackson College is an Alternative Provision supporting pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. We are based in Kirklees across 2 sites, one in Huddersfield and the other in Heckmondwike.

Our aim is to inspire all our pupils to be motivated and successful citizens, equipped to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. We have created a positive environment that offers a fresh start and encourages and promotes pupils academic, social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning.

We are extremely proud of the work that we do and the outcomes we achieve for young people in Kirklees and surrounding areas.

Our most recent Ofsted report in March 2019 stated that ‘The school’s ethos and culture promotes all aspects of pupils’ welfare. Staff help pupils with previously unsuccessful experiences of school to overcome the barriers that exist and re-engage well with education. One pupil said, ‘They give us a future.’

If you would like to know more about Brian Jackson College or would like to arrange a visit please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you.

Jacqueline Green (BSc Hons/QTLS) Head teacher

“Inclusive, empowering, caring, trusted and approachable”

“Pupils enjoy attending Brian Jackson College. There are positive, caring relationships between adults and pupils. During the inspection, pupils and staff commented that the school has a ‘family feel’”. Ofsted July 2023 

“Pupils are cared for. They feel safe at school. One reason for this is that bullying is rare and is dealt with quickly if it does happen. Pupils respect each other and their teachers”. Ofsted July 2023 

“Behaviour across both school sites is good. When issues do arise, adults provide nurturing support to help pupils manage their behaviour and make positive choices”. Ofsted July 2023 

“The overarching aim of all adults working with pupils at Brian Jackson College is to provide opportunities for success”. Ofsted July 2023 

“The curriculum design complements this vision.  Leaders ensure that pupils work towards qualifications that will help open doors to them after leaving the school”. Ofsted July 2023 

“Leaders, rightly, pride themselves on the steps that they take to develop pupils’ character. It is a vital part of the work that the school undertakes”. Ofsted July 2023

“The staff at this college have inspired and encouraged me to be the person I am today. Throughout the two years of being here I have displayed a lot of bad behaviour and they have helped me grow out of the person I was. Due to circumstances at home I used to enter school in a bad mood everyday and over a 4 month period I came out of the mood and realised I needed the help that the staff provided.”

Latest News


Here at our Heckmondwike provision we have recently set up a mental health group for our male pupils.   where male pupils are lead once a week by a male staff member to speak only about their feelings and worries within a safe, nurturing environment.


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A Thrilling Adventure

Pupils and staff enjoyed a fantastic day out at Yorkshires best theme park – Flamingo Land! Do they actually have flamingo’s one pupil asks? The coach left school at 9am prompt, it was a day of thrills and fun, with a picnic prepared by our amazing team!  

Flamingo land was a blast

Our trip to for Flamingo land was an absolute blast! Pupils and staff at Brian Jackson College in Heckmondwike all went to Flamingo Land for the day to make better relationships and get to know each other better. Some of the rides we went on were white knuckle rides. Then there were the tamer rides. […]

Another Year Another Cohort!

It is hard to believe it is that time of year again at the Huddersfield provision! Time to say goodbye to our Amazing Year 11s, it’s been a blast! Year 11s enjoyed ice skating in Bradford, and on their return they had nibbles and gifts We wish them all the best in there Post 16 […]

As we say goodbye to our year 11’s

Well so today saw the last of the GCSE exams for our Year 11’s here at Brian Jackson College in Heckmondwike. To celebrate, we had an all-school Barbecue. All staff and pupils enjoyed good food cooked by Matt and Kelsey. After we had eaten, we had an all-school assembly, where Certificates were given out and […]

Therapeutic support

In addition to our onsite counsellor, we also utilize a variety of therapeutic support to truly emphasise the holistic & nurturing approach we take towards our pupils. We are always looking for new mediums to help our young people & for a couple of our pupils attending ‘Clouds’ has been really beneficial. Clouds is a […]

Pancake Day

We started our Pancake day celebrations , at the Huddersfield provision, by taking some of the pupils up to the local supermarket to allow them to choose toppings for our pancakes. They chose different combinations including chocolate spread, fruit and syrup and there were plenty of pancakes to go around, even seconds!!       […]

National Science and Media Museum Bradford.

We took a group of our Year 9/10s from the Huddersfield Site to the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Pupils were able to enjoy all the exhibitions including the retro games (which our students loved). Pupils  were amazed at how old they looked and shocked by the size of the old games consoles. […]