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

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Senior Gala Concert – Wednesday 13th April 2016

On Wednesday evening all Senior Ensembles from the music department performed to a sold out audience in the Millennium Chapel. As well as main ensembles performing, a number of solo and chamber music items entertained the 300 audience watching. Items included James... read more

Olympic Opportunity For James

James Oxborrow (Year 13) has been slowly swimming faster and faster times over the last few months. A member of Bolton Metro Swim Club and the school’s senior boys’ team, James is due to take part in the British Championships in Glasgow on April 16th/17th. This is a... read more

Year 9 Enjoying making Kebabs in Food Technology

Year 9 students study meat during the second half of the food module in Technology. They look at the effects of acids and flavourings, and design their own marinades to ensure that their kebabs are tasty and tender. Homemade marinades are also a lot cheaper than... read more

The Head Teacher’s Newsletter – March 2016

Featured image used with thanks: flickr photo by LukeAndrew94 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license 14th March 2016 Dear Parents and Carers, What a strange half-term this has been simply by being so short – every... read more

Canon Slade Cake Week 2016 Review – World Book Day

Thank you to all the families who supported ‘Cake week at Canon Slade’. It was a very exciting week. 16 year 9 students took part in the scone competition final, and 40 novelty cakes were submitted for judging  for the World Book Day Cake competition.Over... read more

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