Carlton Bolling College is a 11”“18 centre attracting more than 1,400 students for both boys and girls.

Admissions
It is located in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Staff focus on their aim and motto 'Achievement for all' and encourage every student to achieve at 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.

History
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 1987. 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. In the 1990s, when known as the Carlton Bolling Upper School (for ages 13-18) under the leadership of Mervyn Flecknoe, the school had very low exam results: in 1992 only 7% received 5 A-C GCSEs. In 1996 it had some of the worst truancy figures in England. 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, Mr Flecknoe, 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.

Alumni
  • Colin Brazier, news presenter for The Live Desk (Sky)
  • Steve Rhodes, cricketer (wicket keeper) who played for England
  • Khatab Badr


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
  • Dave Brady, folk musician


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