Headteacher's Welcome

Dear Parent/Carer,
It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself and welcome you to our school website. My name is Ann Webster and I am very proud to have been appointed Headteacher of Sharples School. I consider it a privilege to be a part of such a vibrant learning community and I look forward to seeing Sharples build upon its excellent reputation over the coming months.

Our school motto is ‘Learn Dream Achieve’. We encourage all pupils to work hard and to aim high in order to achieve academic success and fulfil their dreams for a rewarding future career. Our main aim is always to provide stimulating, challenging, quality learning and teaching where students are fully engaged and make good progress.

Sharples is the only Science Specialist College in Bolton. We pride ourselves on the outstanding facilities provided in our STEM Centre, where pupils learn in state of the art laboratories which primary school pupils can also access when they visit, as well as the expertise of our highly qualified science teachers. We are proud to have The Singadia Observatory situated in our school grounds, which assists young astronomers in the study of our GCSE Astronomy course as well as welcoming visitors and school groups from the community and beyond.

Facilities at Sharples are excellent, providing the opportunity for pupils to learn new skills both during and beyond the school day. We have recently refurbished food technology and art rooms, a new dance studio and a spacious school dining room. In 2016 we launched the Health Hub at Sharples which incorporates a range of facilities for both school and community use, including a swimming pool and a modern fitness suite. We are also constantly upgrading the IT facilities across the school to support learning in all curriculum areas.

In September 2013 Ofsted visited this school and confirmed what we already know; Sharples is ‘a good school’. It is testimony to the good work that goes on everyday within our classrooms and beyond as well as recognising the exciting opportunities offered to all our pupils. I look forward to working over the coming months with all our stakeholders as we continue on our journey to make all aspects of the school outstanding.

In June 2016, Sharples School became a Multi Academy Trust. Our aim is to become a cross phase Trust working closely with local primary and secondary schools to improve the educational outcomes of all children in our schools, and to make transition between phases seamless. We welcome interest from schools wishing to join our Trust who have a similar ethos and values to our own and ask you to visit the MAT area of this website for more details.

At Sharples, we demonstrate a daily commitment to our ‘high expectations and no excuses’ culture as we prepare our young people for the challenges of a rapidly changing world. We promote the values of resilience and hard work which has ensured that standards have risen and continue to rise every year. In 2016 our leavers made better progress than the vast majority of Year 11 pupils in Bolton; we were the fourth highest school for the Progress 8 measure across the entire borough.

We recognise that pupils have different abilities, needs and interests and we provide a broad and flexible curriculum. Staff are qualified and experienced in ensuring that pupils achieve their full potential regardless of their starting points. Close links with other educational providers including Work Based Learning providers in Bolton ensure that all our pupils have the opportunities to learn subjects and skills appropriate to their interests and ability. We offer a wide range of GCSE choices including Engineering, Astronomy, Computer Science, Spanish, separate sciences and many more.

Our extra-curricular programme is extensive and broad ranging, catering for all sorts of interests and talents. Many of our pupils have achieved recognition at local and national level for their sporting achievements, and our outstanding choir enjoys an excellent reputation all over Bolton. We run everything from (astronomical) Star Parties to cheerleading troupes and already in 2017 we have run successful educational visits to Spain and France. Please look at our list of extra-curricular activities on our website for more information.

Sharples School is a caring community that caters for pupils regardless of background, gender or beliefs. Through our charter of ‘Courtesy, Co-operation, Consideration and Common sense’ we aim to engender tolerance and respect for self and others, so that pupils leave us well equipped to play a positive and constructive role in society. All pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and conduct. Discipline in the school is firm and fair to ensure an orderly and effective learning atmosphere. In return we expect high standards of work, behaviour and uniform. Our pastoral care is first class and SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) education was judged outstanding in our most recent Ofsted inspection. The British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs are important to us and run through our pastoral and curriculum programmes. We take pride in the positive partnership we have with parents and carers. We believe that by home and school working together we can provide the very best opportunities for all our pupils and bring out the best in your child, both academically and socially. I look forward to sharing good news about Sharples School with you over the coming months.

Ms Ann Webster