Bolton Wanderers Free School to close
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.
BWFS students attend UK University Event at the Etihad stadium and CITC disability sports programme
On Friday 7th October 2016 all of the level 3 students at BWFS attended the annual UK University Event which was held at the Etihad Stadium. The students had an opportunity to speak to over 50 universities and attend student finance and personal statement seminars in order to gain a better understanding of how to get to university and what the experience would be like if they were to enrol.
While at the Etihad some of the students took the opportunity to undertake some football coaching work experience with the CITC Disability sports programme which works with people who have a range of disabilities, and gives them opportunities to take part in organised sports activities. Our students really enjoyed the experiences with some being offered the opportunity to return and work with the organisation in the future.
New students invitational match on the Macron Pitch
Sunday 22nd May 2016 marked the start of the annual BWFS invitational match on the Macron pitch. 61 students attended the match and were all issued with BWFC kit to play in. The students were split into 4 teams and were able to play a 1 hour match each followed by a penalty shoot out with some parents getting involved as well. Some of our current students helped to referee and support with the organisation of the day so we must give a massive thank you to Jack Ryder, Matthew Donaldson and Jack Ollerton.
For many of the students the experience to play on a professional pitch was a dream come true. A great day was had by all and we look forward to providing more students an opportunity of a lifetime again next year.
St George’s Park Trip
A number of our students went on a trip to St George’s Park on 27 April to take part in the Ultimate Football Experience and the Physical Education Experience. It was great day out with the students participating in football and sports science sessions.
England Netball Trip
On January 20th the Free School Netball team visited the home of the 2019 Netball World Cup, Liverpool’s Echo Arena, to watch the England Roses take on the Australian Diamonds. England unfortunately suffered a narrow defeat, losing 52-58, after a great performance. This was a great opportunity to learn from the very best and our ladies loved it! A big thank you to the Big Lottery Fund who have made the trip possible. Keep an eye on our Big Lottery Fund noticeboard for even more upcoming trips!
Emile Heskey comes to see the students and staff at BWFS