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Carlton Bolling College

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Established  1977
Headteacher  Mr Adrian Kneeshaw
DfE URN  107413 Tables
Total enrollment  1,447 (2011)
Founded  1977
Staff  200
Type  Community school
DfE number  380/4100
Phone  +44 1274 633111
Local authority  City of Bradford
Motto  Achievement for all
Carlton Bolling College
Location  Undercliffe Lane Bradford West Yorkshire BD3 0DU England
Address  Undercliffe Ln, Bradford BD3 0DU, UK
Similar  Laisterdyke Leadership Academy, Feversham College, Bradford College, Hanson Academy, Grange Technolo College

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Carlton Bolling College is an 11–18 co-educational Community school, located in Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. It has more than 1,400 pupils.



Staff focus on their aim and motto 'Achievement for all' and encourage every student to achieve their best and set targets to improve their performance. In September 2006, Carlton Bolling College acquired specialist college status for mathematics and computing. It is situated just off Otley Road (A658).

A large proportion of the school is from ethnic minorities.


There were originally two single-sex grammar schools. Carlton Grammar School (for boys) was on Manor Row in Carlton House. The former school site was destroyed in a fire in 1949. Bolling Girls' Grammar School opened in 1931 on Sheridan Street next to Bolling Hall, although the address later became Flockton Road in East Bowling. By the early 1970s, the girls' school had 650 girls, with 100 in the sixth form; the boys' school had 500 boys with 60 in the sixth form. They merged in 1977 to become Carlton Bolling School. The former girls' school is now Bowling College, an adult education college, and Flockton House.

Bolling Girls' Grammar School had a student choir which was widely known and highly regarded around Bradford. The choir continued after the merger with Carlton Grammar School with membership open to female students. The choir was in high demand for performances at venues around the local area particularly during the Christmas period. It also performed at the annual Festival of Remembrance at St George's Hall. The repertoire consisted mostly of show tunes with a particular show being chosen each academic year e.g. South Pacific. Traditional Christmas songs and carols were also performed as well as a special arrangement of Jingle Bells. More challenging musical pieces such as Panis Angelicus were also included. In 1979 the choir participated in a student exchange with students from Bradford's German Twin City Mönchengladbach. The choir ceased to exist following the retirement of the music teacher responsible for it.

In the 1980s, under the leadership of Dr Mervyn Flecknoe, its modular curriculum, elected student councils, and three-session day with an emphasis on tutorial contact and continuity were picked out by HMI for praise and the school was included as a model case study by Mortimore and Mortimore (1991)"The Secondary Head: Roles, Responsibilities and Reflections". The name changed from Carlton Bolling Upper School to Carlton-Bolling College (for ages 13-19) and offered free places on post-16 courses to unemployed adults, with a free crèche, to improve education in the Undercliffe area of Bradford. The intake of the school became overwhelmingly Muslim with many heritage languages during the late 1980s and early 1990s as the roll rose to 1400 students with a sixth form of 300. The College formed part of a consortium at sixth form level with Hanson Upper School and Eccleshill Upper School; a minibus took students to the location of post-16 courses which were planned across the three establishments.

On 15 March 1993, the school featured in a Panorama documentary called A Class Apart about the emergence of an underclass in Asian communities in Britain, narrated by Martin Bashir. The headteacher complained to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission that the college was statistically misrepresented in a negative light. The BCC upheld three of his complaints.

Academic performance

In March 2007, Carlton Bolling College was inspected by Ofsted and were ranked the first school in Bradford to get an outstanding result.

In 2008, Carlton Bolling College 47.6% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE levels and 26% including English & Maths. Its average A/AS-Level points per students score was 442.1.

Over the last 2 years the College's academic results have improved dramatically. From 29% 5A*-C with English and Mathematics in summer 2009, the results last summer were at 36%. This significant uplift has continued this summer to 43%. This is a 14% improvement over 2 years and demonstrates the new-found drive and determination for success the College has developed. The 5A*-C results have been even more dramatic in their improvement- 49% summer 2009; 72% summer 2010 and this summer have risen to an impressive 84%. At Advanced level, this dramatic improvement is also evident. Summer 2010 student A levels average C,C,C; this (2011) summer it has risen to an average of B,B,C per student with students moving on to a variety of university courses such as Law, Medicine, Engineering, Business, ICT, Health related studies, teaching and many more.

In the summer of 2014 Ofsted has recently placed the school in 'special measures'.

Notable former pupils

  • Colin Brazier, news presenter for The Live Desk (Sky)
  • Steve Rhodes, cricketer (wicket keeper) who played for England
  • Tony Wright (musician), lead singer of Terrorvision
  • Bolling Girls' Grammar School

  • Mollie Hillam, potter
  • Prof Phyllis Hodgson, Professor of English Language and Mediæval Literature from 1955-72 at Bedford College (London), winner of the Sir Israel Gollancz Prize in 1971
  • Brenda Jagger, author
  • Carlton Grammar School

  • Colin Baron, Director-General of Weapons Research at the MoD from 1976–81, and who with John Twinn invented and developed the (cheap but not so effective) Rapier missile system, used in the Falklands War by the 12th Regiment Royal Artillery
  • Jeff Bland, Michelin-starred chef at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh
  • Dave Brady, folk musician
  • Willie Brooke, Labour MP from 1929-31 for Dunbartonshire, and from 1935-39 for Batley and Morley
  • Harry Corbett OBE, puppeteer, inventor of Sooty (the longest running children's TV show in the UK)
  • Prof Albert Crewe, Professor of Physics from 1963-96 at the University of Chicago and Enrico Fermi Institute, and Director from 1961-67 of the famous Argonne National Laboratory (became a US citizen in 1961)
  • Sir Fred Haigh, clothier
  • Len Shackleton, footballer
  • Bernard Worsnop FInstP, physicist and expert on X-rays, who worked with Edward Appleton at King's College London, and was later headmaster from 1937-58 of Quintin School
  • References

    Carlton Bolling College Wikipedia

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