Friday, 07 July 2017
Bolton School was delighted to pick up its second award in a month for making a positive contribution to the local community. Mrs Sophie Entwistle, Head of Community Action at Bolton School, along with two Sixth Form students, Lena Ahmed from the Girls’ Division and Ali Khalid of the Boys’ Division, attended the Manchester Evening News’ Greater Manchester School Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Deansgate in central Manchester.
Bolton School was the first winner at the glittering ceremony which celebrated the incredible achievements of pupils and teachers from across the region. Earlier in the Summer, the School was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, the highest accolade given to local volunteer groups for social, economic or environmental service in their communities and the equivalent of an MBE for an individual.
Mrs Entwistle said: “We were delighted to receive the MEN’s Active Community Award sponsored by Redrow and really pleased that all the hard work of our pupils and staff has been recognised.”
The School interacts with the local community in myriad ways, including running a SHINE: Serious Fun on Saturdays programme for local Y5 children, mentoring vulnerable children, helping gifted Y6 children improve their Mathematics and reading skills, running a wide variety of subject-specific “festivals” for local pupils, resurrecting and organising the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award, offering a burgeoning community music programme, undertaking environmental work for local agencies and, as a group, having Sixth Form students commit to over 10,000 hours of volunteering work each year. Over 250 girls and boys undertake the Bronze DofE and many go on to achieve their Silver and Gold Awards, committing many more hours to helping out in the local area.
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