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Staff Win Bolton News School Awards

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Staff from Bolton School have scooped two prizes at this year’s Bolton News School Awards, held at The Last Drop Village Hotel. Girls’ Division Mathematics teachers Mr Grant Heppleston and Mr Jon Hitchin won the Hayley Mathieson Fundraiser of the Year Award for their Well Good charity. The fundraising venture, which raises money for wells and water provision around the world, was set up by the teachers and encourages children to solve maths questions; the more questions they correctly answer, the more Well Good’s sponsors donate to the charity (you can watch a video here about how the fundraising works). Mrs Katharine Gore, the Head’s PA at Beech House, the Infant Department of Bolton School, won the Unsung Hero Award; she is a long-standing and key member of staff who has many responsibilities including looking after all the parents and visitors as they arrive, reassuring new children and caring for the school's guinea pigs.

Maxine Wolstenholme, News Editor at The Bolton News, said: "We have been running this event for the past four years. It was started as a way to celebrate the wonderful quality of education in Bolton, and especially the gifted and dedicated people who work so hard to make sure it stays that way.

“The event has grown, and this year, we have had a record number of entries for the 15 awards. That speaks of the recognition that parents, fellow pupils and staff want to give to the people who make school in Bolton a place that children want to go, a place where they enjoy learning, playing sport, having fun together."

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