The grant recipient

Bolton School Boys' Division and Girls' Division provide an education for over 2,300 pupils from nursery to 18 years. The latest Independent Schools Inspection of this school judged it to be remarkable and staff to be showing imagination and enterprise in the volume and scope of charity and local outreach work. The school is located in the centre of Bolton, which is in the top 10% of districts in the county for the number of residents on low incomes and out of work.

The school was shortlisted for the Independent School Awards 2010 in the category of Outstanding Community/Public Benefit Initiative for its SFoS programme.

The programme

  • 11 Saturday mornings focusing on Enquiry and Discovery through subjects and topics unlikely to be covered at school
  • Sessions include Around the World in 60 Minutes, Mad Science, Horrible History!, Sports Superstars, The Russian Revolution, Vive la France and Horrible History!
  • For 40 able girls and boys from maintained primary schools in the Bolton town area
  • Aiming to widen students' learning, challenge them towards higher achievement and help prepare them for transition to secondary school

Latest results

  • Attendance is excellent with 45 pupils attending the last programme
  • Test results suggested a significant proportion were making progress
  • The studentsí main school teachers were very positive about their studentsí involvement. Several indicated that their pupils were benefitting enormously in terms of attainment, confidence and engagement with academic study
  • Both pupils and their teachers commented on how much they had gained from the science lessons as their own schools do not have specialist equipment

The funding

SHINE has made two grants for the development and running costs. The school is also providing in-kind and financial support for the programme.

Funding: £43,383 to Bolton School, over six years (2009-15).Visit the website for Bolton School

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"Inspiring young minds is what teaching is all about. We want to challenge and stretch these young pupils and we are fortunate to have outstanding facilities to share with primary schools from all over the local area."

Assistant Headmaster