Dear Pupils, Parents, Carers and friends of Sharples School,

As we come to the end of another busy year, I wanted to write a few words to celebrate the successes of our pupils and the school itself.

I am delighted to report that our Y11 pupils rose admirably to the challenge of GCSE’s by attending after school sessions in their droves. The commitment and resilience shown was truly impressive and we wish them all the very best for some hard earned good results in August.

Pupils at both Key Stage 3 and 4 are making good progress. The new government performance measures mean that the tracking of progress made is even more important. We closely monitor this so that we are able to intervene where needed in order that pupils don’t fall behind and achieve their very best in all their subjects. Our curriculum offer to pupils allows pupils a wide choice of subjects that they may be interested in beyond school, whilst still providing the EBACC route to those who are capable of achieving success in these subjects which will help them on their journey to university in the future. I would like to add a note of caution here. As you may know, there are all sorts of schools opening around the country and Bolton is no exception. These (Free) schools and University Technical Colleges are established ‘from scratch’; They have no legacy or history of exam results, no established staff teams and little experience of delivering outstanding teaching and learning as a team. They offer courses for 14 – 19 year olds, expecting pupils to leave a school after 3 years and change to an entirely new school with no pedigree or guarantee of success. I would urge you to not be swayed by the quite frankly, misleading marketing.

We continue to work very closely with our partner primary schools. This year alone, over 1000 pupils in Year 5 and 6 accessed Sharples School -led activities; 10 local feeder primaries attended workshops, masterclasses and events; we provided support for primaries in 7 different curriculum areas and over 30 primary staff received CPD through Sharples School. It was a pleasure to learn last week, that record numbers of Year 6 pupils achieved Level 6 in maths, due at least in part to the masterclasses delivered by our maths teachers in some of our primary schools.

Sharples School pupils have had many opportunities to take part in and beyond school over the last year. You will have read about these in our newsletter, but worthy of note are:

Blackpool trip

Astronomy GCSE for Year 10 and Year 6 primary pupils every Thursday evening 3.30-5pm

Medical Club set up for Year 9

10 weeks of revision held at McDonalds on Sunday mornings

Subject student ambassadors programme running successfully culminating in the ambassadors breakfast in May, the Paris Revision Trip and Night at the Museum.

PRIMARY EVENTS

Primary STEM Clubs in 8 different schools

Primary Sports Stars

Computer Coding for primaries

Art classes and pottery for primaries

Hosted 4 primaries to deliver Science lessons to Year 5/6 on electricity, forces and chemistry.

Level 6 Masterclasses for Maths held for 5 primary schools over 2 terms resulting in many Level 6's,

Icelandic day for The Oaks and High Lawn and Creative Arts Day for St Matthews and Sharples Primary.

SCIENCE AND STEM

Our status as a Science Specialist School and centre of excellence in STEM has continued to provide an outstanding service to our community and others in the North West. We are becoming renowned for providing quality training to educators at primary and secondary phase. This is due to our expertise in the sciences and includes:

  • Adult GCSE Science class for the community
  • CPD for primary teachers in English and Maths
  • Establish and lead the Bolton STEM Network
  • Sharples represented nationally for PIXL presenting to up to 1000 schools
  • Sharples Science teachers delivered 12 session SKE in Physics on Saturdays/Twilights Sept-March Set up and hosted the Bolton Science and Technology Technicians network throughout the year
  • Hosted 5 local secondary schools for "Forensic Day" in March
  • Celebrated National STEM Week in March with a science cake competition, an inflatable planetarium and "I'm a celebrity get me out of here" competition in technology.
  • Teach Meet event held for BLA Schools organised and hosted by Sharples
  • Science CPD conference organised and hosted by Sharples for 40 delegates from across the NW.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • Adult GCSE Science class for the community
  • 40th anniversary celebrations; past teachers had a trip down memory lane
  • Christmas carol concert
  • Astley Bridge Christmas Fair- Science Buskers and Choir/Samba Band
  • The Sharples Association (PTA) established in December 2014
  • Hosted 50 families at the "Family Murder Mystery " event for Year 6 choosing Sharples
  • PTA Easter Bingo raised £300 for the observatory
  • Astley Bridge Summer Fair with Science Buskers and Samba band/choir

I am extremely proud to be Headteacher of Sharples School and will continue to do everything in my power to ensure the best possible educational experiences for all our pupils. I would like to thank parents and friends of Sharples for all their support over the past year, especially the Rotary Club of Bolton Le Moors for their help with our much anticipated community observatory. We are saying goodbye to several members of staff this July and I am sure you will join me in wishing them all the best in the future. Of note, is Mr Singadia’s retirement after 33 years’ service at Sharples School. He has been an inspiration to many and will be sorely missed.

Year 7’s are due back on Monday 7th September followed by the rest of the school on Tuesday 8th September. One last reminder that the new school uniform must be worn by all pupils from September.

Wishing you a safe and happy summer holiday.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs R Quesnel