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Life Lessons Inspire Boys

Monday, 08 September 2014

Old Boy Barry Nightingale returned to School for the Sixth Form’s first SPACE session of the year. He imparted to the Year 12 and 13 boys some of the “life lessons” he has learned through his career.

Barry left the Boys’ Division in 1979 and went on to study accountancy at Sheffield University. He then joined a graduate entry programme with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. His career since then has involved working with some of the UK’s most well-known companies, including financing aircraft with Airtours, overseeing the creation of a global chain of internet cafés with easyGroup, and working with the brothers behind Carcraft. He is now the chief financial officer at Betfred.

However, he was keen to stress to the boys that his career, and indeed accountancy in general, is not solely about figures. It is rather about faces: the people behind the ideas.

The key message of his talk was that the businesses he has been a part of prospered because of the people involved. Each of the entrepreneurs he has worked with focused on getting the best people for the job to help them in their endeavours, leading to success for the company.

This was a great opportunity for the boys to learn from an Old Boy’s life experiences. The ‘life lessons’ Barry imparted will surely be useful for the Sixth Formers as they move on beyond Bolton School.

During the same SPACE session, the Year 7 boys were in the Arts Centre receiving a talk from Old Girl and former Bolton School teacher Mrs Carol Haslam.

She gave the boys a brief introduction to the traditions of the Boys’ Division, including the monitors with their ties, the School Captain, and the ‘grey book’ which lists all of the pupils and staff in School in any given year. She went on to introduce the boys to the life of Sir William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme, who re-endowed the independent boys’ and girls’ schools in Bolton to create the Bolton School Foundation almost 100 years ago. The boys learned about some of the work he did both for the School and for Bolton as a whole, with particular focus on his legacy and what that means for Bolton School and its pupils.

The boys were really interested in learning more about Lord Leverhulme and the history of the School and its buildings. They responded enthusiastically to questions throughout the session, and really enjoyed the short quiz at the end.

This was a fantastic and inspiring start to the year’s fortnightly SPACE sessions for boys in both Year 7 and the Sixth Form.

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Old Boy Barry Nightingale with two of the Sixth Form boys

Old Boy Barry Nightingale with two of the Sixth Form boys

Barry shared advice through his own

Barry shared advice through his own 'Life Lessons'

Mrs Haslam compares a 1926

Mrs Haslam compares a 1926 'Grey Book' with this year's much larger edition