Bolton School Senior Boys

History Scheme Up for National Award

Bolton School has been nominated for a prestigious national Independent School award for innovative teaching.

The nomination in the 'Outstanding Community/Public Benefit Initiative' category of the Independent School Awards 2011 recognises the 'Historian in Residence' scheme in the Boys' Division History Department. The scheme is a collaboration with the Imperial War Museum North, which saw professional researcher from the museum, Miss Helen Breedon, appointed part time at the School to help bring subjects such as the First and Second World Wars into the classroom. As part of the link up, Miss Breedon brought in artefacts such as old gas masks, ration books and military equipment.

This is the second year running that the School has been nominated for an award - last year for the SHINE Project. Head of History and Director of Admissions in the Boys' Division, James Rich, said: "It is a huge honour for Bolton School's 'In Residence' projects to be nominated for a National Independent School Award. Only a handful of the many independent schools in the UK gain nominations each year, so for Bolton School to be nominated twice in two years is a fabulous achievement. This year's nomination is recognition of the innovative 'In Residence' work that has been carried out in our Art, English and History departments. Having been instrumental in founding the 'Historian in Residence' scheme, I am aware of the huge benefit this project has brought for our pupils. It has been a pleasure to work alongside the Imperial War Museum North to enrich our pupils through the expertise of the Museum's staff and their incomparable collections of artefacts. Helen Breedon, our 'Historian in Residence', has added to the boys' learning in so many ways and should we win the award on Wednesday, it will principally be a reward for her hard work and dedication to improve the learning experience of the Bolton School pupils."

Mr Rich also wrote to The Prince of Wales about the scheme, and the HistOracle magazine that the Boys' Division history students produce, and he received a letter back from his Private Secretary full of plaudits for the work that the department is undertaking. The awards ceremony will be held on the 16 November at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

The History Department is also holding a series of History events, along with The King's School Macclesfield and Rossall School, the first of which was a talk by Old Boy Professor Simon Dixon (UCL) entitled "Rasputin and the Mad Monk Iliodor".

Miss Helen Breedon from the Imperial War Museum North

Miss Helen Breedon from the Imperial War Museum North has been helping to bring History to life in the classroom

Old Boy Professor Simon Dixon lecturing about Rasputin

Old Boy Professor Simon Dixon gave a lecture on Rasputin