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The Metropolitan Borough of Bolton is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchestermarker, Englandmarker. Historically a part of Lancashiremarker, it is named after its largest town Boltonmarker, but covers a far larger area including six smaller towns and a number of villages around the West Pennine Moorsmarker.

Creation

The metropolitan borough was formed on April 1, 1974, by the merger of the County Borough of Boltonmarker and the following districts from the administrative county of Lancashiremarker:



Parishes

Horwichmarker, Westhoughtonmarker and Blackrodmarker are now constituted as civil parishes. The parishes of Horwich and Westhoughton have the status of town councils. The rest of the metropolitan borough, Boltonmarker, Farnworthmarker, Kearsleymarker, Little Levermarker, and South Turtonmarker, have remained unparished areas since 1974.

Demographics

According to the 2005 estimates, of the 262,600 people living in Bolton Metropolitan Borough, the following ethnicities have been recorded:











Population change

The table below details the population change since 1801, including the percentage change since the last available census data. Although the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton has only existed since 1974, figures have been generated by combining data from the towns, villages, and civil parishes that would later be constituent parts of the borough.

Population growth in Bolton since 1801
Year Population % change Year Population % change Year Population % change
1801 37,417

1871 158,917 +20.0

1941 256,207 −1.9
1811 48,996 +30.9

1881 185,397 +16.7

1951 251,388 −1.9
1821 60,319 +23.1

1891 216,792 +16.9

1961 255,627 +1.7
1831 75,787 +25.6

1901 240,014 +10.7

1971 259,993 +1.7
1841 89,507 +18.1

1911 265,733 +10.7

1981 260,229 +0.1
1851 105,957 +18.4

1921 263,413 −0.9

1991 262,880 +1.0
1861 132,437 +25.0

1931 261,119 −0.9

2001 261,035 −0.7
Source: Vision of Britain


Education

In 2007, Bolton was ranked 69th out of the 149 Local Education Authorities — and sixth out of ten in Greater Manchester — for its National Curriculum assessment performance. Measured on the percentage of pupils attaining at least 5 A*–C grades at GCSE including maths and English, the Bolton LEA was 111th out of 149: 40.1% of pupils achieved this objective, against a national average of 46.7%. Unauthorised absence from Bolton's secondary schools in the 2006/2007 academic year was 1.4%, in line with the national average, and authorised absence was 6.0% against the national average of 6.4%. At GCSE level, Bolton Schoolmarker (Girls' Division) was the most successful of Bolton's 21 secondary schools, with 99% of pupils achieving at least 5 A*–C grades at including maths and English.

The University of Boltonmarker is one of Greater Manchester's four universities. In 2008, the Times Good University Guide ranked it 111th of 113 institutions in Britain. There are 4,440 students (83% undergraduate, 17% postgraduate); 2.6% come from outside Britain. In 2007 there were 8.8 applications for every place, and student satisfaction was recorded as 74.4%. It is one of Britain's newest universities, having been given this status in 2005.

GCSE Examination Performance 2007

School A*-C
Pass Rate
  School Point
Score
Bolton Schoolmarker (Girls' Division) 99%   Bolton Schoolmarker (Girls' Division) 518.9
Canon Slade C of E Schoolmarker 98%   Bolton Schoolmarker (Boys' Division) 446.4
Madrasatul Imam Muhammed Zakariya 59%   Canon Slade C of E Schoolmarker 441.8
St James's C of E School and Sports Collegemarker 59%   Little Lever Specialist Language College 416.2
St Joseph's RC High School and Sports Collegemarker 58%   St Joseph's RC High School and Sports Collegemarker 404.6
Turton High School Media Arts College 58%   Westhoughton High School 398.9
Thornleigh Salesian Collegemarker 49%   Turton High School Media Arts College 379.5
Mount St Joseph Business and Enterprise College 42%   Rivington and Blackrod High Schoolmarker 378.9
Lord's Independent School 38%   St James's C of E School and Sports Collegemarker 378.5
Rivington and Blackrod High Schoolmarker 37%   Mount St Joseph Business and Enterprise College 375.6
Little Lever Specialist Language College 35%   Harper Green School 344.0
Westhoughton High School 35%   Thornleigh Salesian Collegemarker 339.5
Sharples School 31%   Smithills School 331.7
Smithills School 31%   Withins School 319.9
Harper Green School 29%   Lord's Independent School 315.9
Hayward School 28%   Madrasatul Imam Muhammed Zakariya 310.8
Withins School 25%   George Tomlinson School 301.4
George Tomlinson School 24%   Hayward School 287.8
Ladybridge High School 18%   Ladybridge High School 284.7
Al Jamiah Al Islamiyyah at Mount St Joseph's Convent 14%   Sharples School 272.8
Bolton Schoolmarker (Boys' Division) 13%   Al Jamiah Al Islamiyyah at Mount St Joseph's Convent 177.8
Average for Metropolitan Borough of Bolton 40.1%   Average for Metropolitan Borough of Bolton 353.4
Average for England 46.7%   Average for England 378.1


  • The table on the left shows the percentage of students gaining five A* to C grades, including English and Maths, for secondary schools in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton.
  • The table on the right shows the Average Total Point Score per Student for secondary schools in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton.
  • Schools highlighted in yellow are above the LEA average; those highlighted in orange are below the average.
  • Another secondary school, Bolton Muslim Girls' School, has opened since January 2007; no results are available.
  • It's worth mentioning that many students at Bolton School (Boys) take GCSE exams earlier than 16 and these are excluded from the statistics
  • Source: Department for Children, Schools and Families — http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/


Neighbouring districts



The local government districts which surround the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton
North-West:

Borough of Chorleymarker
North:

Borough of Blackburn with Darwen
North-East and East:

Metropolitan Borough of Burymarker


Metropolitan Borough of Bolton




South-West:

Metropolitan Borough of Wiganmarker
South-East:

City of Salfordmarker


See also



References

  1. Neighbourhood Statistics - Bolton (Local Authority). URL accessed 17 January 2008.
  2. Retrieved on 20 December 2008.



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