We have listed the 17 primary schools in Bolton which are rated "outstanding" by the education watchdog. 

There are a wide array of schools across the borough, with 100 primaries and 30 secondaries. 

Of those 100 primary schools, 17 have been given the highest possible rating by regulatory body Ofsted. 


What is the Ofsted grading?

There is a 4-point grading scale used for inspection judgements:

grade 1: outstanding

grade 2: good

grade 3: requires improvement

grade 4: inadequate

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What does a school have to do to be Outstanding?

To reach an “outstanding” standard, schools have to receive an “outstanding” grade for all the criteria, “meeting each and every good criterion”, securely and consistently, among others.

Ofsted’s aim is to only name a school outstanding in a given area if they are truly performing exceptionally well and across the school. 

  • All other key judgements are likely to be outstanding.

  • In exceptional circumstances, one of the key judgements may be good, as long as there is convincing evidence that the school is improving this area sustainably and securely towards outstanding.

  • Typically this will mean meeting each and every one of the good criteria but falling short on the outstanding for that key judgement.

  • Safeguarding is effective.


All of the 'Outstanding' Primary schools in Bolton

  • The Olive School, Ashton House, Waterloo Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL1 8HT - Latest report, September 17, 2019
  • Pikes Lane Primary School, Gibraltar Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL3 5HU - Latest report, October 20, 2023
  • Sunning Hill Primary School, Goldsmith Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL3 6TR - Latest report, November 28, 2013
  • Moorgate Primary School, Entwistle Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL2 2RH - Latest report, June 16, 2023
  • The Valley Community Primary School, Hibbert Street, Off Blackburn Road, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 8JG - Latest report, November 22, 2023
  • Oxford Grove Primary School, Shepherd Cross Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 3EJ - Latest report, March 22, 2023 
  • St Paul's CofE Primary School, Newnham Street, Astley Bridge, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 8QA - Latest report, July 12, 2013 
  • St Mary's CofE Primary School, Edale Road, Deane, St Mary's CE Primary School, Bolton, Lancashire, BL3 4QP - Latest report, March 19, 2024
  • Rumworth School, Armadale Road, Ladybridge, Bolton, Lancashire, BL3 4TP - Latest report, May 15, 2024
  • Green Fold School, Highfield Road, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire, BL4 0NS - Latest report, December 19, 2023
  • Markland Hill Primary School, Markland Hill, Heaton, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 5EJ - Latest report, November 18, 2014
  • Johnson Fold Community Primary School, Worston Avenue, Johnson Fold, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 5UG - Latest report, July 7, 2023 
  • St Peter's CofE Primary School, Alexandra Street, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire, BL4 9JT - Latest report, November 11, 2021
  • Lostock Primary School, Glengarth Drive, Lostock, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 4PS - Latest report, June 14, 2024 
  • Sacred Heart R.C. Primary School, Central Drive, Westhoughton, Bolton, Lancashire, BL5 3DU - Latest report, May 16, 2024
  • Eatock Primary School, St George's Avenue, Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, Bolton, Lancashire, BL5 2ER - Latest report, April 25, 2024
  • Blackrod Primary School - Manchester Road, Blackrod, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 5SY - May 16, 2024