Two schools in Bolton have been named on a national top list.

The Olive School on Waterloo Street and The Valley Community School in Deane were ranked by The Times as part of the best 500 schools in the country, placing 55 and 486 respectively in their overall scores.

The newspaper published their annual league tables a week ago, and The Olive School scored 111 (out of 500) for English, 113 for grammar and 111 for maths.

The Valley ranked 106 for English, 112 for grammar and 110 for maths.

The Hibbert Street school said it is thrilled to be ranked, once again, in the top 500 schools in England, which places them in the top three percent overall.

Head teacher Kevan Naughton said: “This is especially pleasing as it shows we have maintained our position for many years now and we have really bounced back from the disruption that Covid regulations caused to education.

“What you need to understand when looking at the list of schools, is there are few like ours.

“Not only do we actively embrace inclusion and have high numbers of children with English as an additional language, but we also have maintained our 'outstanding' rating from Ofsted. All this means we are quite unique.

“We would like to thank all our community for their wonderful support, the amazing children we have the privilege of teaching but also the exceptional dedication of all our staff, who really go above and beyond to help every child in school achieve their very best.”

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In 2023, Bolton School was named for the best independent school by The Times.

Philip Britton, head of foundation at Bolton School, said: “It is pleasing to see both our girls’ division and boys’ division ranked amongst the best independent schools in the North West.

“We have always provided significant added value academically, but it is good that this survey also recognises all the extras that we deliver as we seek to build resilience and character."