“A safe, secure environment” where “students develop their confidence and resilience to help them achieve and progress”

Staff and students at The Sixth Form Bolton are delighted to once again be recognised as a Good college following a recent Ofsted inspection in October 2023.

The Ofsted report commended the many positive practices that are taking place across all aspects of The Sixth Form.  Amongst the many highlights from the report, standout comments state that:

  • “Leaders create a safe, secure environment” where “students feel safe and well supported.”

  • “Students are positive about their learning” and “they are ambitious and have clear aspirations for their future.”  

  • “Students develop their confidence and resilience to help them achieve and progress in their studies.”

  • “Most students progress to university” and “many are proud they are the first in their families to access higher education.”   

Inspectors praised how “leaders support students with high needs very effectively”, and how due to the individualised transition strategies in place, that “students feel less anxious and have a readiness to learn.”

The report continues to praise the quality of teaching, stating that “teachers are well qualified” and “students benefit from effective teaching strategies”. 

Focusing on employability, Inspectors recognised that “students have access to meaningful work-related opportunities” and “receive effective, impartial careers advice and guidance.”

Overall, the report confirms the good quality of teaching and learning and that “students enjoy their courses, achieve well” and “their results are above the national average.”

Read the full reports here:

URN: 131867

Full inspection 20 October 2023: Good

Short inspection 22 May 2017: Good

Full inspection 14 January: Good



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