The Sixth Form Bolton, where “students are motivated, enjoy their classes and are keen to learn” is rated Good by Ofsted.

Following the last full inspection in 2017, B6 is continuing to deliver a good education to its students found Ofsted inspectors, who added that the college has improved since the last inspection, in which it was also rated good.

Ofsted inspectors reported: “Senior management team and governors have improved further the quality of provision since the last inspection and have ensured that students continue to receive high-quality education.”

Inspectors praised investment in college facilities to develop students learning inside and outside of the classroom.

“Students are motivated, enjoy their classes and are keen to learn. Attendance is high and very few students are late for classes,” said inspectors. Ofsted found that senior managers were working ‘assiduously’ to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

Inspectors reported: “The senior management team, governors and managers know the college well. They work tirelessly to continuously improve the quality of provision and outcomes for students. Committed and experienced governors challenge leaders well and effectively hold them to account. Governors rigorously scrutinise actions to address underperformance.”

Stuart Merrills, Principal, said:

“The report recognises the fact that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently high across all subjects and as a result students are highly motivated and committed to their learning. This is reflected in the increase in numbers of students who progress to prestigious universities and higher apprenticeships.

The strength of the college is not only centred around high achievement rates but also our promotion of equality and diversity. Ofsted commented on the exemplary behaviour of our students and the respect they show towards their peers and staff.

We are very proud to be the only Sixth Form College in Bolton providing excellent education for young people in the locality and we look forward to achieving outstanding status.”

Read the full reports here:

URN: 131867

Short inspection 22 May 2017: Good

Full inspection 14 January: Good



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