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10/10: Excellent in Every Area

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 successful". 

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 community.

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."

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Mr Britton and boys

Headmaster Mr Britton with boys