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Sunday, 31 December 2006
Bolton School Boys' Division Junior School has received a first-rate report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The school was found to be "a remarkable school's offering a high quality and extensive education.
Much of the success could be attributed to mutual respect and good relationships between pupils and their teachers. Teaching was praised as being of a consistently good quality; the provision for literacy and numeracy was found to be particularly strong. Pupils were found to take great pride in their work, whilst being appreciative of others and their work. The report commended the boys for working with high levels of concentration as they constantly sought to achieve excellence.
The pastoral system was described as being outstanding and the support and guidance offered by teachers was found to be a distinctive feature of the School. The Thinking Book was singled out for praise - a mechanism allowing pupils to feedback on anything that is concerning them. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils was found to be outstanding in all parts of the school. Not only do junior school pupils contribute to local and national charities but they are carefully educated to understand the nature and purpose of these charities. As a consequence, pupils were found to have high levels of self-confidence and a strong moral sense as well as a developed degree of social awareness.
The report noted that since the last inspection (six years ago), success in an ever-broadening range of activities has been recorded. Some of these changes included entry at 7+ to enable provision of the whole of the Key Stage 2 national curriculum, provision of a new, on-site dining room facility, introduction of PSHCE, improved ICT resources, introduction of a junior school parents' group and the strengthening of pastoral care through the appointment of heads of year. Moving forwards, the report recommended extending the usage of ICT to a wider range of subjects.
Mr Mike Percik, Head of the Junior School, commented: "Both the teaching staff and the boys are very proud of their school, they work really hard and attain some outstanding results. I am delighted that the report has confirmed this."
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