Bolton School Junior Girls

What Our Pupils Think

Hesketh House is a heart-warming and happy environment, which supports learning and development to the highest levels. The children are welcoming to all, and the teachers are caring and supportive. Since being at Bolton School, my Mum thinks, "Wow, my daughter is a different child!" Bolton School has changed my view of school in every possible way! The sports curriculum is amazing and the classroom facilities are great. I love it!

When I first went to Bolton School, I was quite nervous but it wasn't that nerve-wracking at all. I met so many friends, I felt that they had been my friends forever! I settled in well and now I know where everything is. I have done so many exciting and interesting things. I love Bolton School!

Georgia Ainscough, Year 6

Bolton School is made up of many different buildings. At the heart of the campus lies the Girls’ Junior School, Hesketh House: a warm and welcoming place to be, with an atmosphere bristling with activity and creativity. It is a great place to learn and experience new things. Hesketh House is set over three floors consisting of classrooms, a hall (used for dining and assemblies), a wonderful library and a fully kitted out Art and Science rooms. The ICT room has keyboards installed with the latest equipment to help with our music making. Outside we have a musical sensory garden overlooking the playing fields with a gazebo, drums, chime bars and benches. We have our own playground with netball posts, hula hoops, skipping ropes, balls and a beautiful amphitheatre.

At Hesketh house all the teachers are helpful and supportive as well as always making lessons fun and engaging. With many different lessons there is always something to look forward to. We have an amazing variety of lessons that include Mathematics, English, ICT and languages. We also have lessons called Learning Challenges, which is topic based learning and includes History, Geography, RS and Art/DT.

We participate in many different sports during our time at Hesketh House: these include swimming, athletics, rounders, tennis, netball, gymnastics, dance and lacrosse, (for year 6 girls only). We also have many sports teams and compete against different school teams in various leagues. We have trials to represent the Swimming, Cross-Country and Netball teams. We also have a Chess team and we are really proud to have the British Chess Champion as a member of Year6 in Hesketh House.

During lunch times we have the opportunity to join extra-curricular clubs. The clubs cover all interests: sport, music creative and academic skills. Each pupil in the Junior School is expected to do at least one lunch time club each half term. We have several music clubs which include Orchestra, String Orchestra, Concert Band, Choir and Flute Choir. As well as a range of sports clubs there is a, ‘drop in Maths clinic’, Scrabble and Word Play club, Cookery, Chess and a Year 6 Maths club.

Music plays a key part in life at Hesketh House. We have three music lessons a week that include recorder, keyboard and singing. Individual music lessons are also available on almost any instrument in Hesketh House’s very own Music Practice Rooms. Each year in February we host a Music Festival where pupils play a piece of music on an instrument of their choice to an adjudicator who offers feedback on the performance and tips to improve. It is wonderful to listen to friends perform.

Throughout the school year we go on out of school visits to extend our learning and experience new things. In years 4, 5 and 6 there is an opportunity to go to Patterdale Hall, an outdoor pursuit centre in the Lake District. In years 5 and 6 there is the opportunity to go to Italy on the Ski Trip and in the run up to Christmas we look forward to a theatre trip. Visitors also come into school and run workshops on topics that we are studying for example: the Vikings, Romans and the aspects of Science is explored through performances by the Kinetic Theatre Group and the Young Shakespeare Company’s visit is always a treat.

As well as curriculum subjects, we perform a whole school production at Christmas in the Girls’ Division Great Hall. At the end of the summer term the Year 3, 4 and 5 girls perform a summer concert whilst year 6 write and perform their interpretations of Shakespeare play. Hesketh House also hosts a Spring Fair run by the Parents’ Association and the many stalls are full of great things to do and buy. In fact, there is so much to do here at Hesketh House: there is a baking competition, an egg decorating competition, a photography competition … Hesketh House offers a happy learning environment with endless opportunities to explore. There is always a new challenge waiting to be seized.

Hesketh House is simply the best place to be!

Paavana Sugumar, Year 6

Hesketh House Junior Girls’ School is a wonderful School with lots of great opportunities. I have enjoyed every minute of my time here learning and having fun. Our School has many facilities: a dedicated library, an ICT suite, Science room, Music room and an Art room. It also has a huge indoor multipurpose hall and outdoor playgrounds. There are so many exciting lunchtime and after school clubs to choose from.

Lessons in Hesketh House are very interesting. For example, I enjoyed learning tables in Year 3 with the planet challenge where we all try to travel across the planets to Pluto. The challenges become progressively harder as we try to reach the goal. In English, I especially love writing stories from my imagination. We learn French and Spanish in language lessons and explore other languages and cultures on Languages Day. I enjoy trying to speak the languages I learn when I am on holidays! Science is always fun doing experiments based on the topics we study. In Learning Challenge, we learn about History and Geography and do Art and DT with lots of lovely individual and group activities.

In Hesketh House we have lots of opportunities to perform and showcase our talents either in a group or as solo. We have assemblies three times every week. Each class or year group does an assembly where we explain to the rest of the School what we have been learning about in class. In assemblies, Mrs Laverick, our Headteacher, reads us beautiful stories. We discuss the morals and experiences from them so that we learn new things that are important in life.

At School, we have music concerts where we participate in the Choir, Orchestra and even do solo performances. We enjoy our varied instrumental classes, being treated to learning to play the ukulele, recorder, trumpet, trombone, piano and also singing. Every year in Hesketh House we do two School plays, one in the winter and one in the summer. These plays are great opportunity to improve our stage and drama skills.

There are lots of different sports and clubs to try at Hesketh House including chess, netball, rounders, swimming, water polo and cross-country. We get a chance to represent our School in team sports if we are selected to a team. We also have the opportunity to participate in clubs just simply for fun. In sports lessons we do swimming, gymnastics, PE and dance.

In Hesketh House we have an opportunity to go on an outdoor-pursuits trips to Patterdale Hall in the Lake District, where we stay overnight. It is excellent for team building activities and games. We have the opportunity to also go on a Ski Trip, Writing Retreat and day trips as part of educational activities.

There are many opportunities to develop leadership skills in Hesketh House for example, a pupil may get voted to become a Form Captain, Vice-Captain, a School Council member, a Charity Representative and in Year 6 each pupil has the opportunity to act as an Ambassador. The wonderful experiences build and support friendships and helps us to care for ourselves and those around us.

Hesketh House is a marvellous place to learn. All the staff are lovely and there are so many opportunities to seize in the four years at the Junior School.

Head Prefect, Year 6

Bolton School is made up of many different buildings. At the heart of the campus lies the Girls’ Junior School, Hesketh House: a warm and welcoming place to be, with an atmosphere bristling with activity and creativity. It is a great place to learn and experience new things. Hesketh House is set over three floors consisting of classrooms, a hall (used for dining and assemblies), a wonderful library and a fully kitted out Art and Science rooms. The ICT room has keyboards installed with the latest equipment to help with our music making. Outside we have a musical sensory garden overlooking the playing fields with a gazebo, drums, chime bars and benches. We have our own playground with netball posts, hula hoops, skipping ropes, balls and a beautiful amphitheatre.

At Hesketh house all the teachers are helpful and supportive as well as always making lessons fun and engaging. With many different lessons there is always something to look forward to. We have an amazing variety of lessons that include Mathematics, English, ICT and languages. We also have lessons called Learning Challenges, which is topic based learning and includes History, Geography, RS and Art/DT.

We participate in many different sports during our time at Hesketh House: these include swimming, athletics, rounders, tennis, netball, gymnastics, dance and lacrosse, (for year 6 girls only). We also have many sports teams and compete against different school teams in various leagues. We have trials to represent the Swimming, Cross-Country and Netball teams. We also have a Chess team and we are really proud to have the British Chess Champion as a member of Year6 in Hesketh House.

During lunch times we have the opportunity to join extra-curricular clubs. The clubs cover all interests: sport, music creative and academic skills. Each pupil in the Junior School is expected to do at least one lunch time club each half term. We have several music clubs which include Orchestra, String Orchestra, Concert Band, Choir and Flute Choir. As well as a range of sports clubs there is a, ‘drop in Maths clinic’, Scrabble and Word Play club, Cookery, Chess and a Year 6 Maths club.

Music plays a key part in life at Hesketh House. We have three music lessons a week that include recorder, keyboard and singing. Individual music lessons are also available on almost any instrument in Hesketh House’s very own Music Practice Rooms. Each year in February we host a Music Festival where pupils play a piece of music on an instrument of their choice to an adjudicator who offers feedback on the performance and tips to improve. It is wonderful to listen to friends perform.

Throughout the school year we go on out of school visits to extend our learning and experience new things. In years 4, 5 and 6 there is an opportunity to go to Patterdale Hall, an outdoor pursuit centre in the Lake District. In years 5 and 6 there is the opportunity to go to Italy on the Ski Trip and in the run up to Christmas we look forward to a theatre trip. Visitors also come into school and run workshops on topics that we are studying for example: the Vikings, Romans and the aspects of Science is explored through performances by the Kinetic Theatre Group and the Young Shakespeare Company’s visit is always a treat.

As well as curriculum subjects, we perform a whole school production at Christmas in the Girls’ Division Great Hall. At the end of the summer term the Year 3, 4 and 5 girls perform a summer concert whilst year 6 write and perform their interpretations of Shakespeare play. Hesketh House also hosts a Spring Fair run by the Parents’ Association and the many stalls are full of great things to do and buy. In fact, there is so much to do here at Hesketh House: there is a baking competition, an egg decorating competition, a photography competition … Hesketh House offers a happy learning environment with endless opportunities to explore. There is always a new challenge waiting to be seized.

Hesketh House is simply the best place to be!

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