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Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Our Performance

Performance Tables

Please click the link below to view the Department for Education performance table our Academy:



Given the uneven impact of the pandemic on school performance data, the government has said you should not make direct comparisons between performance data for one school and another, or to data from previous years.

Ofsted Report

Full Inspection September 2022.


As an Academy, we always welcome any feedback from external visitors. We have particularly welcomed the feedback from our recent inspection as we have not been formally inspected since 2016. I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised how safe and happy the students are, how they have a strong sense of belonging, how we provide good opportunities for personal development, and how we are continuing to move the school forward.

Our Early Years provision continues to be a strength of the Academy, as does our reading provision in both phases, our support for students with SEND, and our safeguarding provision.

We are disappointed that Ofsted did not recognise many of the significant improvements we have made in the secondary phase that have helped us to achieve the most improved GCSE results in Bolton, and the best GCSE results the Academy has ever had. We know that our innovative approaches are having a positive impact on the curriculum and the quality of the learning that happens in lessons across both phases.

We recognise the areas for development that Ofsted have highlighted. However, the first area for improvement only refers to a tiny group of year 7 students who do not currently study a modern foreign language for the entirety of Key Stage 3. These students are benefitting from extra English and literacy support so that they can make the necessary progress to successfully access the curriculum. We feel that this approach puts the needs of our students first.

We will continue to strive relentlessly to deliver the very best for our students, our community and our staff. Our curriculum is strong, and we will continue to develop the areas outlined which will enable our students to leave school as even more successful learners, not just in their exams, but demonstrating success through the wide range of opportunities we have afforded them. As ever, we can only do this successfully with your continued support.


On behalf of myself and the Bishop Fraser Trustees, we have been extremely impressed with the determination and drive of all staff at BSCA to raise standards in our Academy. As a Trust, we carefully scrutinize all aspects of Academy life and have identified great practice at BSCA and a significant improvement in areas such as personal development, curriculum and behaviour under the leadership of Rachael Lucas and her senior leadership team.

We are pleased that the Ofsted report recognised the improvements made since that last inspection. However, this new inspection framework is very different to the last and I do not feel that all improvements across both Primary and Secondary could be identified in just one and half days of inspection with 4 inspectors. The fact that inspectors were not allowed to look at this year’s Secondary results was really disappointing, seeing that the school has made so much progress here. Thank you to everyone at BSCA for your continued work and support of our students.


You can read the Ofsted report by clicking here, or by visting the Ofsted Website here

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Report

Please click below for our latest inspection conducted 13th - 14th June 2018.

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Report

Key Stage 2 Examination and Assessment Results

We are very proud of our KS2 results. In the time our younger students are with us in primary, some starting with very low levels of ability, we deliver great progress, allowing them to catch up and leave this stage on or above national average.

Key Stage 2 SATs 2020 and 2021

In 2020 SATs did not take place due to National COVID-19 Lockdown.

Key Stage 2 SATs Results 2019

Reading Grammar Punctuation and Spelling Writing (teacher Assessment) Maths Combined Reading, Writing and Maths
% at the expected standard or better 63% 80% 70% 90% 60%
% at greater depth than the expected standard 27% 43% 3% 30% 3%




103.0 108.1 N/a 107.1 N/a



+1.9 N/a -1.0 +5.4 N/a's-academy/ 

Key Stage 4 Results

Summer 2022 Key Stage 4 Results 






Progress 8 score





Attainment 8 score





Grade 5+ in English and Maths





Ebacc average points score





We have increased the number of students that achieve a grade 4+ by 60% 

  • We have increased the number of students that achieve a grade 5+ by 50%
  • One of our students achieved grade 9 in all subjects (top 3% in the country)
  • Achieved 22 grade 9s, 29 grade 8s, 30 grade 7s and 63 grade 6s
  • 16% of our 2021/22 cohort achieved the national top grades of 8 and 9
  • Standards of uniform, behaviour and culture in school now embodies our clear set of values. These are upheld through our RISE session each morning.

Key Stage 4 Results's-academy/secondary

Where students go after year 11

In September 2020, our Class of 2020 Year 11 students went to the following destinations:

  • Further education 85%
  • Apprenticeships 3%
  • Job 1%
  • Other 1%
  • Unknown 10%