Our Pastoral Curriculum is wide-ranging and aims to give pupils the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to lead healthy lives and to participate in society as active and informed citizens.
Key themes are addressed in each year group via assemblies, form tutor periods and the SPACE programme. These include health, personal and online safety, anti-bullying, respect and healthy relationships, personal finance and the fundamental British values.
Character education is central to our ethos. At Bolton School we value, model and promote specific character traits. These are: determination, having a positive mindset, personal organisation, self- control, good conduct, empathy and intellectual curiosity. By developing these traits we encourage boys to flourish and meet future challenges so they are better able to fulfil their potential and contribute meaningfully to society. The traits are introduced in Year 7 and boys reflect on them throughout their school career, developing them in many areas of school life including on the sports field, through drama and music and as part of active civic service.
In the Sixth Form the focus moves towards developing an ‘A Level Mindset.’ Boys are encouraged to focus on activities that help them develop a clear vision of what they want to achieve, and to adopt effective systems of working that allow them to maximise their effort. Emphasis is also placed on how to think positively about achievement, learning as much from failure as from success.
The Parents Association make a significant contribution to the pastoral life of the school through the ‘Teenage Journey’ programme.
Head of Department
Miss H Tunstall, MSc, BSc