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Thursday, 13 January 2011
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Report has found
Bolton School Boys' Division to be excellent in each of the ten
categories in its Inspection Report.
The school for boys aged 7 to 18 years was found to be
"highly successful in meeting its aim to realise the full potential
of each pupil". Public examination performance was
"outstanding" and "above the national average of boys in selective
state schools." This success is based on the boys benefitting
from much "excellent teaching". Over the last three years nearly
three quarters of grades awarded at GCSE and more than half at A
level were either A* or A. As a consequence, the report
described admission to higher education as being "immensely
The report also praised the all round nature of the school where
boys are "equipped to engage generously in the wider community".
The quality of pastoral care and the personal and moral development
of the boys were judged as excellent "where mutual respect between
pupils and teachers results in an environment where there is
excellent personal behaviour". Likewise personal and social
education and careers advice were outstanding.
The cultural awareness of pupils was seen as excellent and,
within school, there was clear harmony between pupils of different
cultures. Frequent overseas visits and tours further
developed their understanding of cultural diversity. The quality of
PSHCE was found to be outstanding - likewise the careers advice and
the encouragement given to pupils to be active in the wider
The extra-curricular provision at the school was praised and
pupils were seen to engage fully in the vast breadth and variety of
extra-curricular activities that take place every day and include
visits to the school's own outdoor pursuits centre in the Lake
District. Pupils' achievements in music and sport were
commended as being strong.
Management and governance were also found to be excellent, with
leadership being "strong, shared and carefully directed". The
report also found that there were excellent links with parents,
carers and guardians and that they spoke highly of the school's
provision and care for their children.
Headmaster, Mr Philip Britton MBE, said: "We are all delighted
with this report and there is a real sense of pride in the
school. Our success is entirely due to the dedication, skill
and innovation that I see daily in both staff and pupils
here. It is especially pleasing that the all round excellence
in academic work, pastoral care and activities at Bolton School
have come out so strongly in the report."
The full inspection report can be downloaded
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