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School Wins Prestigious TES Community Initiative Award

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London, 8 February 2018: Bolton School has won the ‘Whole school community initiative of the year’ award at the prestigious Tes Independent School Awards 2018. 

Local council cutbacks have been an unavoidable fact of life in this age of austerity, with many non-statutory services among the first to suffer. 

But one school with a sterling record of community work teamed up with key partners to ensure that local primary schools would still have sporting opportunities that can mean so much for their pupils. 

Bolton School helped to form the Bolton Sports Alliance in 2015, and since then the school has played a vital role in its continuing success. 

The school’s football coach, Keith Branagan, has the job of finding a solution for local schools’ PE or sporting needs, whether it be coordinating their entire PE programme or finding short-term expertise for a specific sport. The school hosts an annual football festival, enjoyed by more than 10,000 7-11-year-olds. And its pupils help to run an annual sports festival, as well as town cross-country and swimming championships. 

A testimonial from Gaskell Primary, an inner-city school in an area of high deprivation, spoke of how support from Bolton School had been “very positive” in its efforts to use sport as part of its inclusion programme for newly arrived international pupils. 

The judges said: “There is an extraordinary amount of work being done for an awful lot of people, with a very wide range of opportunities being provided by Bolton School. 

“They have been absolute leaders in the sector in community work. It is a really strong project that has had a very significant impact on its area. A shining city on the hill.” 

Winners attended a black-tie event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, hosted by author, broadcaster, actor and entertainer Gyles Brandreth, where more than 400 attendees celebrated all that is outstanding in independent schools.

Headmaster Philip Britton and Headmistress Sue Hincks said: "We were absolutely delighted to receive the award and proud to do so for all sorts of reasons - as thanks to all those who have given their time to the community, for those who have spent time making partnerships work, for the whole community of Bolton who can take pride in their working together for the common good being recognised nationally as an example for all."

You can read the TES category entry in full here. 

This year’s categories and winners are as follows (full details of the winners can be viewed here):

  • Independent school of the year: Latymer Upper School
  • Senior leadership team of the year: Wolverhampton Grammar School
  • Marketing campaign of the year: Loughborough Grammar School
  • International school of the year: Prince of Wales Island International School - Penang, Malaysia
  • Boarding school of the year: Wellington College
  • Best use of technology award: Caterham School
  • Special services to independent education award: Peter Bellenger, Brighton College
  • Pre-prep/prep school of the year: Clifton School and Nursery
  • Senior school of the year: Latymer Upper School
  • Whole-school community initiative of the year: Bolton School
  • Independent-state school partnership award: Latymer Upper School
  • Special needs initiative of the year: Wilds Lodge School
  • Wellbeing initiative of the year: The Holmewood School
  • Creativity award: Surbiton High School
  • Strategic education initiative of the year: St Faith’s
  • Financial/fundraising initiative of the year: King Edward VI High School for Girls

For more coverage of the awards, profiles of the winners and photographs from the evening, please visit isawards.co.uk.

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