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.
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.
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 listed below:
Achievement of pupils;
Quality of teaching;
Behaviour and safety of pupils;
Leadership and Management.
The following comments, taken from the December 2012 report, give a flavour of our school:
- “This is an outstanding school”;
- “The school’s firmly held values and caring ethos underpin all aspects of its work and are proudly endorsed by the students, staff, leaders and governors who make up the Canon Slade School family”;
- “All students make outstanding progress as a result of excellent teaching that challenges their thinking and engages their independent learning”;
- “The Sixth Form is outstanding. Students make excellent progress academically and their personal development is exceptional. The vast majority of students secure places at the universities of their choice”;
- “Staff know all the students extremely well”;
- “Students relish the many opportunities the school provides for them”;
- “Students’ behaviour is excellent and contributes to their exceptional learning”;
- “Links with parents are strong”.
The December 2012 National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican School Report gave the following headline judgments of Canon Slade School:
- “The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Canon Slade as a Church of England School are outstanding”;
- “The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners”;
- “The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding”;
- “The effectiveness of the religious education is outstanding”;
- “The effectiveness of leadership and management of the school as a Church school is outstanding”.
Canon Slade School is set on a beautiful 57 acre site in the foothills of the West Pennine Moors. We enjoy splendid views and have hundreds of mature trees, a river bank, and two wildlife ponds.
Having visited our website and, hopefully, visiting our school, parents/carers will need to decide if this is the school they want for their child and children will need to decide if it is the place in which they can thrive. If it is, then we will be delighted to receive your application and we hope that we will be able to welcome you into the Canon Slade School Family.
My very best wishes
Canon Philip Williamson