Bolton School Senior Boys

Primary Schools' Liaison

As well as the informal links Bolton School has with the many primary schools across the North West, the School also coordinates a series of annual events for primary school boys and girls to attend. The events enable local youngsters to spend time in our school, be instructed by our highly qualified staff and enjoy a day using our facilities and resources in events that span our curriculum. Included within many of the events is also the opportunity for the accompanying primary school staff to enjoy some INSET, courtesy of our staff, on the related curriculum area.

The events that typically run during the academic year are below. If you would like to register your interest in attending one of our events, please e-mail Samantha Tomlinson, Primary Liaison Coordinator (, with the name and address of your school and an e-mail contact. This is not a firm commitment at this stage, but you will be sent details of the events nearer the time and asked to confirm your attendance then. Unfortunately there are restrictions on numbers for some of the events. 

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) Day - Wednesday 23 November, During the day

Spelling Bee (Year 5) - After School, Tuesday 25 April 

Building on the success of last year's competition! Run heats in your own school to select the best and bring them along to the Spelling Bee final at Bolton School.

The Big Quiz (Year 5) - Spring/Summer Term, 4.30pm

Pitch yourselves against teams from other schools to be crowned 'The Big Quiz' champions!

Discovery Day (Girls' Division) for Year 5 Girls - Wednesday 21 June 

Follow the trails to find your way around the school and discover some of the exciting subjects that we study along the way!

Sports Festival (Year 5) - Wednesday 21 June or Wednesday 28 June (date tbc)   

A chance for budding athletes to work together as a team to throw, hit, catch and sprint their way to victory.

Further to the events listed above, the Boys' Division Music Dept also offers opportunities for local primary schools to work with our team of twenty two expert musicians and our own pupils on a variety of music projects. Further information on these initiatives can be found here or by contacting our Head of Community Music, Mr Jeremy Bleasdale (

Of these many events, the jewel in the crown is our 'SHINE: Serious Fun on Saturdays' project for Year 5 children from the immediate locality, organised in partnership with the SHINE Trust (; this scheme is explained in full below.

The motivation behind our roster of primary liaison events is chiefly our desire to build goodwill between Bolton School and local schools. We believe that Bolton School should play a central role within our local community; that a truly successful Bolton School must be an integral part of Bolton; and that Bolton School must not become remote from its community. These beliefs, along with the conviction that Bolton School and its many surrounding primary schools can benefit and learn from regular engagement with one another, means that we will continue to build our primary liaison events in the years ahead.  Of course, all of these events could not be staged were it not for the support, time and effort offered by a wide range of Bolton School teaching staff. SHINE alone involves over thirty teachers giving up their Saturday mornings and the amount of organisation involved in staging the other set-piece events is noteworthy. The willingness of the Bolton School staff to commit their time to such extra events shows the commitment of our institution to building strong and successful partnerships with other schools in the north west.


'SHINE: Serious Fun on Saturdays'

The 'Serious Fun On Saturdays' scheme at Bolton School is run in partnership with the SHINE charitable trust ( and aims to encourage Year 5 pupils (both boys and girls) to participate in fun, educational sessions run by Bolton School staff on Saturday mornings each year between January and March (excluding school holidays). The scheme is aimed at pupils who are able, have shown a high level of academic engagement, are of limited means and would benefit from furthering their educational development by attending our inspiring sessions. The programme of activities is firmly focused on pupil enjoyment and participation and it encompasses a wide variety of curriculum areas, as well as other less familiar activities. The scheme culminates with a graduation dinner held in School at which participating pupils, their parents and their teachers celebrate the children's success.

All applications for Bolton School's SHINE programme must be made through a child's primary school. Any primary school wishing to become involved should contact the SHINE Coordinators Miss Gunshon ( or Miss Wrathmell ( 

Miss Holroyd, Primary Liaison Coordinator

Miss Alison Holroyd, Primary Liaison Coordinator

Miss Katie Wrathmell, SHINE Coordinator

Miss Katie Wrathmell, SHINE Coordinator

Miss Sarah Gunshon, SHINE Coordinator

Miss Sarah Gunshon, SHINE Coordinator