College Profile

St John Bosco Arts College was opened in September 1983, following the reorganisation of the Catholic schools in Liverpool. It is a Roman Catholic Comprehensive, with 853 students from 11-18 years. There are 163 students in the Sixth Form. The Salesian Sisters are the Trustees of the College. In September 2004 the school was designated as an Arts College with specific emphasis on the Visual and Performing Arts.  We also became a National Teaching School in March 2013.

The school gained ‘Outstanding’ from Ofsted in May 2010 and this was further endorsed by a second ‘Outstanding’ grade in May 2013.  “Teaching has remained outstanding since the last inspection and provides high levels of challenge for the girls and is often inspirational. The students make outstanding gains in their learning during their time at school and leave with overall attainment that is well above the national average. Attitudes to learning are excellent. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is outstanding. Students are polite, well mannered, always keen to do their best and very often help support one another in lessons. Leaders and managers, including the exceptionally strong governing body, manage the day-to-day running of the school and its strategic direction outstandingly well. At the heart of everything they do is the academic and personal development of all students.  Students are hugely proud of their school and appreciate all that the teachers and adults do for them. They feel very safe and extremely well cared for.” [Ofsted May 2013]

A new building with state of the art facilities opened in September 2014.  The college is on one site with its own playing fields, sports hall and a gym. It is designated into appropriate curriculum areas, the College has two Dance studios and two Drama studios plus a wealth of ICT facilities. There is an RE suite, including a Prayer/Reflection Room.

The college has a Deputy Headteacher, a Teaching School Director, a Business Manager and Assistant Headteachers who, with the Headteacher, form the Leadership Team. All staff, teaching and support, form an integral part of the college community and have a major role in the education of the students.

A strong pastoral system exists with Form Tutors and Pupil Progress Co-ordinators. The College’s aim is to work towards the total development of each student, educating them to act as responsible Christian members of the community and this is an essential element of the Salesian ethos of the college.  This Salesian ethos, based on the teaching of St John Bosco, is a very strong feature of the college.