We are delighted to announce this week that from September of this year we will be offering a new coach route from Blackpool and Kirkham to Bolton School. As a result of increased demand, the new route will bring pupils into Bolton School from the Fylde by coach for the first time. There will be pick-ups at Blackpool and Kirkham before the coach then fills up at Fulwood, Preston and travels directly into School. For those wishing to make the journey into School by train, there will also be a separate mini-bus service which will pick up and drop off at Lostock Station, making the School accessible by train from Blackpool, Kirkham and Preston and, also, from Salford and Manchester.
In the latest government ranking of schools by performance in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) qualification, Bolton School is riding high in the top 20 nationally, with the Girls' Division at 18th and the Boys' Division at 10th. Ninety five per cent of Boys' Division pupils and 93% of Girls' Division pupils achieved the EBacc qualification, which was introduced in 2010 and is awarded to pupils attaining A*-C GCSE passes in English, Mathematics, two Science qualifications, a language and History or Geography.
Our Year 6 boys put on their own art exhibition in the Arts and Conference Centre this week, and the same work is set to go on display at the Marketplace shopping centre in Bolton. The exhibition features acrylic landscape paintings which are done as part of the art curriculum and range from beaches, countryside, the sea, mountains and waterfalls. The work will be exhibited in the Upper Hall of the shopping centre for the whole of February.
A team of our boys are the badminton county champions! The Senior boys competed in the Greater Manchester competition, returning home with the County Cup! They now progress to the North West final in March. While the U13 footballers took part in the ISFA national semi-final, putting them in the top four teams in the country and the only remaining team from outside the London area. Unfortunately they narrowly missed out on a place in the final.
Our Junior Boys and Junior Girls, as well as junior pupils from Sunninghill and High Lawns School have been taking part in Skype Chess matches against Polish pupils. A total of 14 pupils played a number of online chess matches against slightly older pupils (aged 9-14) from Rybnik Middle School in Poland, using chess software available on the internet.
And there is still time to apply for Year 7 entry to Bolton School for this September! This year's Supplementary Entrance Examination for those pupils who did not enrol for the examination earlier in the month or who could not make it on the day, will take place on Thursday 2 February. For full details about enrolling for this examination, please contact Mrs Lynden Graham (for application to the Girls' Division) or Mrs Susan Yates (for application to the Boys' Division) on 01204 840201 or at firstname.lastname@example.org