We are pleased to announce that we are currently redeveloping our school website with a fresh and vibrant new look.

As we develop and move to our new website we are no longer updating or making changes to our current site.

As a consequence, for a short time you may notice that some parts of our current website have not been updated or some of the links may be missing.

We are working as quickly as possible, and we are really looking forward to bringing you the new look site as soon as we are able.

Shrek the Musical

Tickets for the Shrek Musical are now on sale. Get your tickets from the link below.

Adults: £8, Concession £6

Performances are as follows.

1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th February 2022 at 7:00pm.

Matinee 5th February 2022 at 2:00pm.

School Tour

Please see the link to our video, showcasing our facilities and fantastic pupils. You will also find some frequently asked questions that we hope will help you in selecting Canon Slade as the first choice school for your child.

We are pleased to announce that we are the winners of the Bolton Secondary School of the year award.

Prayer Event

Prayer Event for the work of Canon Slade Church of England School Monday 7th February 2022 7-8pm in the School Chapel.

Parents, staff, local church and youth group leaders coming together to hear about, and pray for, the spiritual life of the school.

(No-one is expected to pray out loud, unless they wish to. We would ask that you please wear a facemask, unless you are exempt. Not for current students or younger children).


Headteacher’s Newsletter – December 2021

Welcome to Canon Slade School



Canon Slade School has a long and distinguished history, originally founded in 1855 by the then Vicar of Bolton, Canon James Slade. Over that time the school has served families throughout Bolton and much farther afield in providing an outstanding education set firmly within a strong Christian ethos. We are blessed with a beautiful 57-acre site in the foothills of the West Pennine Moors.

Our motto “Ora et labora” (Pray and Work) is our guiding principle. It is this commitment to work and the Christian life that drives the success of the school and our ability to flourish in a constantly changing and challenging world. Our magnificent chapel at the front of the school bears witness to the centrality of our Christian faith. Our Christian ethos and values of compassion and love for one another allow each individual to grow in a safe, caring community which has high expectations for all.

I believe that every one of our students should have unlimited ambition to go on and become outstanding members of society. Our excellent relationships with parents and carers ensure a shared understanding and belief in the school’s values and aims, working in partnership to maximise and promote the value of education. 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.

Canon Slade offers a broad and balanced curriculum at key stage 3 (years 7 and 8), which enriches and challenges all learners and enables them to develop academically, morally, spiritually, socially and culturally. At key stage 4 (years 9 to 11), the school offers a challenging academic GCSE English Baccalaureate core and a broad choice of option subjects. We encourage our learners to continue their education and offer a high quality and personalised curriculum in our sixth form.

The school has a well-deserved reputation not only for its academic work but also for Drama, Music, Sport and many other activities. We are in the top 1% of all schools nationally for sport. Our students progress onto Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, the Royal Northern College of Music and other world-class institutions each year and we also support students to gain apprenticeships and employment. We are a Gold Duke of Edinburgh direct entry centre and one of only three schools nationally to hold the distinguished Diamond Award for Cultural Diversity. Canon Slade School is also a Cross of Nails Centre for Reconciliation in association with Coventry Cathedral.

Thank you for your interest in our school. I am blessed to be Headteacher of Canon Slade School. There is so much to admire in what has been created here over the years, in a traditional but forward-looking school, with a large number of students and staff, but where each individual is known, nurtured and cared for individually. As a parent, myself, I know how important it is that every child is supported. We believe every child can achieve and we want our young people to be safe, happy and successful ambassadors for Canon Slade.

I hope you enjoy exploring the website to find out more about the school. We are also happy to hear from you by email, phone or in person.

Mrs Karen Sudworth

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Canon Slade School Support for Sports Appeal

Read about the campaign here (Adobe PDF)

Letter home to parents regarding the Sports Appeal

Great news! Further to the letter you received regarding funding cuts to transport associated with sporting events, you can now increase your donation by upto 25% with Gift Aid where applicable. 


Please note: this is an offsite link to a Virgin Money Page, Canon Slade School will not store the information you deliver on the page

Building Our Future Appeal

The Building Our Future Appeal was launched by the Canon Slade Trust, donations to the Appeal will be used for the development of the school and to enhance the education environment for the students. Please click on the Virgin Money Giving box to donate now or click here for further information about the Appeal and the Trust

Please note: this is an offsite link to a Virgin Money Page, Canon Slade School will not store the information you deliver on the page

Bus Timetables and Information

Sixth Form Open Evening – Wednesday, 20th October 2021

Sixth Form Open Evening – Wednesday, 20th October 2021

Sixth Form Open Evening – Wednesday, 20th October 2021 The Sixth Form Open Evening will be held on Wednesday, 20th October 2021 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Onsite parking is available and booking is not required. The evening will give prospective students and parents the...

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Open Evening Wednesday 29th Sept 2021

Open Evening Wednesday 29th Sept 2021

Canon Slade School is delighted to welcome parents of Year 6 children considering Canon Slade as the choice of high school to our annual Open Evening. To support Covid 19 safe practices and reduce the number of families arriving at the same time, our Open Evening will...

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Changes to Bus Services for September 2021

Changes to Bus Services for September 2021

There have been lots of changes to the bus timetables. Be sure to read the document below.   Changes to Bus Services for September 2021                  Martin TBX 50 BusFeatured image used with thanks: flickr photo by...

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For the Attention of Y13 Leavers 2020

For the Attention of Y13 Leavers 2020

Thank you for patiently waiting for your A level and Level 3 certificates. This year, due to Covid restrictions, our normal practice of holding a formal presentation evening has not been able to happen but we would like to invite you to call into school to collect...

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Online Payments

Come and read more about Online Payments and find out how to connect

Image Attributions

With due thanks to the providers of images used in our slider and site:

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