Canon Slade School

Canon Slade


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Our school has a long and distinguished history, originally founded in 1855 by the then Vicar of Bolton, Canon James Slade. Over those one and a half centuries the school has served families throughout Bolton and much farther afield in providing an outstanding education set firmly within a strong Christian ethos.

Though our school has changed much since its inception our motto “Ora et labora” (Pray and Work) is still our guiding principle. It is this commitment to work and the Christian life that ensures the success of the school and our ability to flourish in a constantly changing and challenging world.

A visit to our magnificent chapel, completed in 2004, bears witness to the centrality of our Christian faith. Every member of our community is involved in an act of Christian worship each day and everyone is expected to do their best in every aspect of their work. High standards of behaviour are demanded and mutual respect is part of our embedded culture.

Our Christian values of compassion and love for one another allow each individual to grow in a safe, caring community which has high expectations for all. There are 1700 pupils and students on roll, including some 340 in the sixth form. The school has a well-deserved reputation not only for its outstanding academic work but also for Drama, Music, Sport, (Sportsmark Award and regular success in national competitions), and many other activities.

We are one of only three schools nationally to hold the distinguished Diamond Award for Cultural Diversity from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. The school is also a Cross of Nails Centre for Reconciliation in association with Coventry Cathedral. The Ofsted inspection of December 2012 rated the school to be outstanding in each of the four categories judged under the Inspection Framework.

The National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican School Report was also judged to be outstanding. Our facilities and the breadth of opportunities offered to young people are outstanding. The quality of teaching and learning, academic results, pastoral care, extra-curricular opportunities and Christian nurture at Canon Slade School stand amongst the best of the nation’s state schools.

Our school is a friendly, vibrant and exciting place in which every member of our school community is recognised and valued for the individual they are, made in the image of God, and where each is given every opportunity to fulfil their potential

My very best wishes

Alan Mottershead The Head Teacher

Andy Briggs Visit 2016

Enthusiastic readers were thrilled to be able to meet the amazing author Andy Briggs at Turton School on the 9th June. Andy Briggs writes adventure stories and also writes stories with super hero versus villain theme. His stories are enjoyed by many and are popular...

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Children’s University Graduation Ceremony 2016

The Children’s University is an international initiative that recognises and promotes the benefits of quality extra curricular learning for young people. Here at Canon Slade School we have been proud to be pioneers for the Children’s University programme...

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Yr 9 Gateaux Summer 2016 Web

Year 9 Food Module The finale to the year 9 course is to make a celebration meal over two weeks. The main course is kebabs and the dessert is a gateaux. The students design both parts of the meal. The gateaux is based around a 3 layered sponge cake made by the...

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Year 10 Dessert competition winners Summer 2016

Congratulations to Kim Atherton, Charlotte Booth, Oliver Smith and Blake Astbury who won the GCSE dessert competitions from the two year 10 groups. Their chilled layer desserts looked delicious and the staff who acted as the taste panels said they tasted delicious...

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Junior Showcase – Thursday 16th June 2016

The Junior Showcase Concert is on Thursday 16th June at 7pm. All junior ensembles will have been working hard since Christmas for this performance so please support your child in the Millennium Chapel and we ask that your child arrives by 6.30pm at the latest. As...

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New Library Web Site Launched

After many months of planning, design and implementation, Canon Slade launches a brand new Library Website featuring: Library specific news Pupil created input in the form of book, trip and visit reviews; coming soon Clubs and Book of the Week and Recommended Reading...

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Boys PE Sports Tour NYC Visit 2016

Our Easter break saw our annual Boys PE Sports Tour, after many years of European success in Spain, Holland and Italy we decided to broaden our horizons and go international! Where better to begin than NEW YORK CITY! This trip was open to Y9 boys, any sporting...

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Past student receives Science award

Ruth Wright, who is now completing a graduate programme of training with the 2 Sisters Food Group, has been awarded the Young Scientist of the Year prize from the IFST(Institute of Food Science and Technology). Her work was titled “A Study Into The Reduction Of...

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