Eden Boys’ School Bolton

Name Eden Boys’ School Bolton
Website http://www.edenboysbolton.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 23 May 2017
Address Wolfenden Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL1 3QE
Phone Number 01204849240
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Muslim
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 602 (100% boys)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.1
Academy Sponsor Star Academies
Local Authority Bolton
Percentage Free School Meals 18.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 55.4%
Persisitent Absence 2.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school opened in September 2014 and moved into a new purpose-built building in January 2016. The school is sponsored through Tauheedul Education Trust and has a local governing body. The Tauheedul board of trustees oversee the school. The school is open to boys from the Muslim faith, but this is not exclusive, and boys from other faiths and no faith can be admitted. The school is smaller than average and currently has pupils on roll from Years 7 to 10. There are just over 100 pupils in each of Years 7, 8 and 9 and approximately 50 in Year 10. In time the school will grow to the full secondary age range, with a sixth form due to open in September 2018. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 are designated as being at key stage 3 as pupils start key stage 4 in Year 9. Most pupils are from Indian or Pakistani heritages, with an above-average proportion of pupils of Black African background. Almost two-thirds of pupils speak English as an additional language, which is well above average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is average, as is the proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. There is a small number of pupils who have a statement for special educational needs and/or disabilities or an education, health and care plan. The school does not make use of any alternative or off-site provision and no pupils take part in work experience. There is no published performance information for this school as no pupils have completed key stage 4. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Pupils are exceptionally well cared for, academically and pastorally. They are very happy, feel safe and enjoy school. As a result, they are able to achieve their very best. Individual pupils matter to leaders, irrespective of their background. Personalised support is provided for anyone who needs help. As a result, very few pupils make less than the exceptional progress expected of them. A culture of high aspirations for all pupils prevails, supported by leaders’ mission to make sure that pupils become exemplary citizens. Pupils readily tackle the challenges skilfully planned for them as a result of teachers’ excellent subject knowledge. Mathematics needs further enhancement so that all pupils develop fluency and skills in solving problems. Teachers strive for excellence in their practice, readily learning from each other. They are well supported to improve teaching through leaders’ help and support from other Trust schools. The academic curriculum meets the needs of pupils well. However, further opportunities for pupils to develop creatively and to learn skills for independent living are needed. Pupils’ conduct is exemplary and they show respect for each other and adults in school. Pupils live up to leaders’ and teachers’ high expectations for excellent standards of behaviour. Pupils say that there is no bullying. Pupils’ personal development is exceptionally well planned through enrichment and extra-curricular activities. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities are many and varied, well supported through assemblies and personal, social, health and citizenship education. Attendance is consistently above average. This is because pupils like school and feel extremely well supported. Very few pupils are persistently absent. Highly effective support and challenge through the trust is a key contributor to the school’s success. Some middle leaders are very new to their role but are developing their leadership skills through this support. Governors are skilled and knowledgeable. They are able to provide the necessary challenge to leaders to make sure that the school continues to improve. Leaders, including governors, know the strengths of the school and where there is still work to do because they are ‘outward-looking’. They readily seek and act on the views of independent external advisors. They are aware of the challenges ahead to maintain consistency in the quality of teaching as the school grows. Safeguarding is effective. All staff understand their responsibility to keep pupils safe. Training is regular and of high quality.