Caroline Bolton

Caroline Bolton read English Language and Literature at St Hilda’s College and completed her PGCE at the Oxford Department of Education in 1972. She taught English and held senior management posts in urban comprehensive schools for 20 years, in Yorkshire and in the east end of London.

She then became a local authority inspector and advisor, in Barking and Dagenham and later in Bracknell Forest, leading and taking part in Ofsted school inspections in primary and secondary phases from 1993. She joined HMI in 2000, spending the first six years in Ofsted’s then School Improvement Division. Most of her work during this period involved monitoring the progress of schools causing concern but she also took part in inspections of initial teacher education and in routine section 10, and later section 5, school inspections. From 2006, Caroline was based in Ofsted’s London office, leading the research team and hosting seminars for international visitors on inspection procedures in England, as well as acting as an editor for HMCI’s Annual Report. Since her retirement early in 2010, she has worked in this country and overseas as a consultant, specialising in school improvement work.