The Bolton Schools Catholic Education Partnership (BOSCEP)Background:There are over 7,000 children and young people, aged 4 to 19, served by the 19 Catholic primary and secondary schools in Bolton and 2 Catholic primary schools in Wigan.There has always been a strong bond within the individual clusters of Catholic schools that is based around admissions to the 3 Catholic high schools. There is also a long standing and extremely supportive network of Bolton Catholic Headteachers meeting every half-term.

In recent years the three Catholic high schools have come together to work more collaboratively for the benefit of our young people.

This level of partnership now extends across ALL of the Bolton schools and our partners from Wigan.

The Rationale

At a time when Local Authority services are in decline and fundamental changes are being made to the structure of our schools (e.g. the move towards Academies and Free Schools) there is a greater need than ever for our Catholic Voluntary Aided schools to come together in a spirit of mutual support. Curriculum reforms and changing arrangements for school finances increases the urgency for school-to-school support, especially as we share common issues, values and challenges.


Recognising our mission as Catholic schools and the unique needs of our communities, the aim of Boscep is to bring together the 21 Catholic schools as strategic partners to:

  • support each other in the provision of an outstanding educational and faith experience for our children and young people
  • play a central role in the wider Catholic community and
  • ensure that services in each school are efficient, effective and represent good value for money

Committees are in place that work to develop the Catholic Life of the School and Religious Education; Teaching and Learning and Leadership and Management.

BOSCEP schools are:

Holy Infants and St AnthonyOur Lady of Lourdes

Sacred Heart

St Bernard

St Brendan

St Columba

St Ethelbert

St Gregory

St John the Evangelist

St Joseph

St Mary

SS Osmund and Andrew

St Peter and St Paul

St Teresa

St Thomas of Canterbury

St William of York

Holy Family

Our Lady

Mount St Joseph

St Joseph