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

How Great Thou ART 2017

An exhibition of  creations  produced by year 8 students of Canon Slade School. Inspired by their thoughts and views of God and His characteristics.   CreateBolton is honoured to be hosting another How Great Thou ART with Year 8 students. Create is a local...

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Scone Competition 2016-2017

Doesn't time fly? We are already looking forward to this years' scone final which will take place on Wednesday 1st March at lunchtime. Over 100 year 9 students have been involved in the preliminary heats so far, with the last 50 pupils making theirs just before half...

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for Charity

1st February - T4 For only £1  you could own a Krispy Kreme doughnut of your very own.  Not only will it make you feel good inside, but you will feel good all-round because you will be helping raise money for the Salvation Army. With thanks! flickr photo with thanks...

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The Head Teacher’s Newsletter – January 2017

flickr photo used with thanks by ** RCB ** shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license 16th January 2016 Dear Parents and Carers, Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! Welcome back from the Christmas holidays, which I...

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UPDATE 11/01/17 – Urgent notice: 981 & 975 Bus Services

981 Bus service - Darwen UPDATE - 11/01/17 We have had confirmation from Blackburn with Darwen Council that the bus company taking over the 981 service will be Blackburn Private Hire. Normal service will resume on the 16th January 2017 and the fares will continue to...

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Year 7-13 Unwanted Christmas Presents

Presents Suitable For Children And Teenagers Although many of you will be looking forward to Christmas presents and hopefully receiving some that you would like, maybe Father Christmas brings some you do not want. If this the case, please can you bring them in to...

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The Head Teacher’s Newsletter – December 2016

Featured image used with thanks: by S@ndrine Néel shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license 16th December 2016 Dear Parents and Carers, This last Newsletter of 2016 has been delayed by a week especially to give...

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Christmas Carol Services 2016

These take place on Wednesday 21st December at the Victoria Hall in Bolton Town Centre. This is a compulsory ½ day attendance for all pupils and a ½ day for staff training.Years 10-13are to attend the morning service. Pupils will be told where they are to sit and...

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