BOLTON SCOOPS TOP AWARDS
Two major awards at the prestigious awards for indepdent schools have gone to Bolton School. The Lancashire school was named TES School of the Year and Senior School of the year during an awards night at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Despite tough competition, Bolton School was chosen as the TES overall school of the year with unanimous backing from the judges. Earlier it had been named Senior School of the
Year, said the judges, ‘not just for its outstanding achievements, but for its broad outreach activities and deep community relationships.’
One of the oldest schools in the county, with a history that can be traced back to the early 16th century, Bolton School has become a regional success story. Over the last academic year, pupils in both divisions achieved a wide range of successes, from the Year 9 girl who won the
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School Competition to the boys’ water polo team scooping an unprecedented 13th national title.
Both divisions also performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the final of the National Choral Competition, as well as at local events, while the boys staged several performances of their original play, My Room, My Bolton.
But what made Bolton stand out was the important role it plays in its community. From acting as the Northern SCITT hub for MFL and Physics as part of the government’s teacher recruitment drive to hosting public lectures from the likes of Simon Armitage, the RSC Christmas Lecture and the Royal Statistical Society, alongside travelling theatre productions and a re-enactment of the English Civil War, the school has become a focal point for local activities. At a time when many regional schools have struggled to survive, the judges commended Bolton on how it has helped its community to thrive.
Events for local schoolchildren such as the Football Festival and Bolton Children’s Fiction Award, attended by 700 pupils, as well as 10,000 hours of volunteering by Sixth Formers, further cemented the school’s place in its community.
Lead judge Dr Helen Wright said Bolton was chosen because of ‘their impressive outreach and the way in which they involve the whole community in a plethora of enriching events’.
Sue Hincks, headmistress of the Girls’ Division, said: ‘It was a wonderful evening and we were incredibly proud to pick up our awards on behalf of everyone who is part of the Bolton School family.’
Her opposite number in the Boys’ Division, Philip Britton, added: ‘It was a very special night and a pleasing affirmation of all the time, energy and initiative that boys, girls and colleagues put into their work. The award also touched on how we endeavour to provide an education for all through our generous bursary provision with one in five of our pupils receiving fee assistance.’
Rachel Parris, host for the evening, Dr Fraser Mullins, deputy head, Bolton School Boys’ Division, Lynne Kyle, deputy head, Girls’ Division, Sue Hincks, headmistress, Girls’ Division, Philip Britton, headmaster, Boys’ Division and Ann Mroz, editor of the sponsors, the TES