Carlton Bolling College

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Carlton Bolling College
Motto Achievement for all
Established 1977 [1]
Type Community school
Headteacher Mr Adrian Kneeshaw [2]
Location Undercliffe Lane
West Yorkshire
53°48′07″N 1°44′19″W / 53.80208°N 1.73867°W / 53.80208; -1.73867Coordinates: 53°48′07″N 1°44′19″W / 53.80208°N 1.73867°W / 53.80208; -1.73867
Local authority City of Bradford
DfE number 380/4100
DfE URN 107413 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 200
Students 1409
c.300 Sixth Form [2]
Ages 11–18 [2]

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.[3] It is situated just off Otley Road (A658).


Flockton House, 2014

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 became Bolling College an adult education college, and Flockton House which has was demolished in 2015 to make way for housing.[4]

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[edit]

Carlton Bolling College Entrance

In March 2007, Carlton Bolling College was inspected by Ofsted and were ranked the first school in Bradford to get an outstanding result.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

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'.

Albert Crewe (right) at the Zero Gradient Synchrotron (ZGS), inventor of the scanning electron microscope in the late 1960s, winning the Duddell Medal and Prize in 1980

Notable former pupils[edit]

Bolling Girls' Grammar School[edit]

Carlton Grammar School[edit]

Rapier missile developed by Colin Baron, at BAC's Guided Weapons Division in Stevenage in the late 1960s
Sooty and Sweep, created by Harry Corbett in 1948


  • Sunday Times 5 February 1989
  • The Times, 14 November 1987

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