"The outstanding range of interesting and stimulating extra curricular activities provide excellent opportunities for pupils to take initiative and extend their capabilities. Throughout the school the personal development of pupils is exceptional."

Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, 2010 (Girls’ Division)

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The CHI Fund

The CHI Bursary Fund was established in 1984 by a group of ex-pupils who wanted to ensure that the legacy of ex-teacher and Trek Camp Leader, Clifford Ingham, lived on in the form of a fund that provided financial assistance for boys at Bolton School who would benefit from an Outward Bound type of experience, but who would otherwise not be able to afford the cost of such an expedition.   

Since its early origins the scope of the type of activities that can benefit from the CHI Fund has been expanded to include any outdoor activity that would benefit a pupil who might otherwise not be able to afford either part or the whole of the cost of the trip in question.  The fund raising in the form of an open appeal to all Old Boys of Bolton School raised in excess of £75,000, which has increased over the years by re-investing interest and dividends received on the donations, and there is still £55,000 available to fund outdoor trips and expeditions whether they be organised by School or third parties or, indeed, the boys themselves.   

The Headmaster controls the allocation of funding and applications should be made directly to him.  Over 60 pupils have benefited from awards and recent activities that have been funded include trips on the School Boat Tenacity of Bolton, numerous Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions, Saundersfoot camp attendance and School trips to Italy and Russia.  The Trustees have also donated a lump sum to the School scout troop towards the cost of their 2015 Summer camp in Canada.

Phil Riding