Bolton Wanderers Free School to close

Bolton Wanderers Free School to close

Bolton Wanderers Free School will be permanently closed as of 31st August 2017.
Should you have any enquiries including anything staff or student related please contact:

Zubair Hanslot
Chair of Governors
c/o The University of Bolton

The University of Bolton
Deane Road

01204 900600

The Trustees of Bolton Wanderers Free School announce with deep regret that it will close on 31 August 2017.

Resources made available to schools and colleges are irretrievably linked to the number of students on roll and, unfortunately, we have struggled to recruit sufficient students within Bolton and this has meant that the school is not financially viable into the future. Thus the school will not accept applications for entry from new Year 12 learners in September 2017.

This outcome has been reached only after extensive discussion with the Department for Education and the Education Funding Agency to explore all available options.
Principal, Toni Carr said:

“Existing students in Year 13 within BWFS will, of course, continue to follow their current courses and complete these in the summer term 2017. I also wish to assure you that we will endeavour to ensure that teaching and learning within the college will continue with the present teaching staff and therefore ensure that students are prepared for examinations this summer.”
We will be working closely with Bolton Local Authority and other local education providers to bring about a smooth transition for existing students in Year 12. We will do everything in our power to ensure this process is both detailed and thorough”
Zubair Hanslot, Chair of BWFS said:

“Closing BWFS is hugely disappointing for all those who have worked so hard to deliver the vision of the free school. The wellbeing and success of all our students remains our highest priority. Every effort will be made to ensure students get the support they need to complete their studies successfully and appropriate guidance for transition to their new place of learning.”
Human resources support and guidance will be offered to staff and measures will be taken to ensure transition for students is as smooth as possible with minimum interruption to their education. Meetings and discussions to this end have commenced with Bolton Local Authority and local colleges.