Canon Slade CofE School

Name Canon Slade CofE School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 12 December 2012
Address Bradshaw Brow, Bradshaw, Bolton, Lancashire, BL2 3BP
Phone Number 01204333343
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1691 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.7
Academy Sponsor The Bishop Fraser Trust
Local Authority Bolton
Percentage Free School Meals 7.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.4%
Persisitent Absence 7.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized secondary school. Students join the school from over 100 primary schools covering a wide area. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding) is very low in comparison with national figures. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is average. Very few students speak English as an additional language. The proportions of students supported at school action, or school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs are much lower than average. A small number of students study vocational courses off site for one day a week with employers such as Sure Start, Manchester United Academy and Alliance Learning. Around one fifth of students in the school’s large sixth form attended other schools for their 11-16 education. The school meets the current government floor standards which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school holds numerous awards including the Cultural Diversity Award (Diamond), Investor in People, Dyslexia Mark and Careers Education Quality standard.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The school’s firmly held values and caring ethos underpin all aspects of its work and are proudly endorsed by the students, staff, leaders and governors who make up the ’Canon Slade family.’ All students make outstanding progress as a result of excellent teaching that challenges their thinking and encourages their independent learning. Achievement is exceptionally strong in English, mathematics, performing arts, physical education and history, leading to consistently very high attainment. Although standards are high in science, students’ progress is not as strong as in other subjects. The sixth form is outstanding. Students make excellent progress academically and their personal development is exceptional. The vast majority of students secure places at the universities of their choice. Staff know all the students extremely well. They quickly recognise when students require personalised support and this enables students to make outstanding progress. Students relish the many opportunities the school provides for them. They willingly contribute their time and talents to ensure that the school is a rich and vibrant place that combines tradition with innovation. Students’ behaviour is excellent and contributes to their exceptional learning. The headteacher and senior leaders communicate their vision extremely well to staff and students. Their roles are clear and effective teamwork means that any areas of concern are addressed quickly and effectively. The leadership of teaching is highly effective. Staff benefit from an exciting programme of professional development that encourages them to share their ideas and use varied approaches to engage students. Evaluation of the impact of these approaches is not yet fully developed in all subjects. Governors are an integral part of the school’s life and mission. They are extremely well-informed and rigorous in their work. Links with parents are strong. The vast majority of parents are highly-supportive of the school and think their children are safe, happy and well taught.