Sharples School

Bolton, United Kingdom

Location: Bolton, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About Sharples School

Sharples School is located in Bolton, Greater Manchester. First opened in 1974, the school currently exists as a co-educational secondary school, with a specialist status in science. The school has around 850 pupils aged 11-16, making it smaller than the average secondary school of its type. Sharples School has an extremely diverse catchment area, both culturally and economically, a fact reflected in its student intake. The school operates a dedicated unit for hearing and visually-impaired students. Sharples School is part of the Sharples School Multi-Academy Trust, having adopted academy status in 2016.


Ms. Ann Webster

Values and Vision

Sharples School takes great pride in the diversity of its student body, and works hard to foster a strong sense of aspiration among its pupils. The school also works hard to fulfil its aims as a specialist science college, with the school curriculum offering a range of science and maths-based subjects both vocational and academic. In addition to this, the school is committed to offering proper support for its pupils as to their options post-16, be it in further education of employment.


“The impact of the science specialism has a strong impact on attainment and progress in individual science subjects, in general science schemes and in vocational science programmes. Attainment is high overall and many students make outstanding progress in this area. The school enters students early for GCSE examinations, but only when teachers believe they are ready to reach their target grades.”

The full report into Sharples School can be found here. 

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Address: Hill Cot Road, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 8SN, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1204 333253
What people say about us

I love being a Sharples pupil. I met Tim Peake and appeared on CBBC Nwesround asking him a question! I want to be Head Boy when I am in Year 11.

- Year 7 student

I have had so many opportunities since I joined Sharples. I never thought I could but I gave a speech to 200 parents and pupils in the school theatre!

- Year 7 student

At Sharples the teachers really know us all as individuals. They make sure that we get involved in clubs and activities that interest us.

- Year 7 student

Sharples School is a great place to work. There are many opportunities to develop as a practitioner at all levels and very often staff are promoted from within. CPD is regularly available and is tailored to individual need via annual 'skills audits'. The teamwork that exists is palpable and students appreciate the extra mile that staff go to ensure the best possible outcomes for all.

- Member of the Senior Leadership Team

Once I was offered the opportunity of completing my NQT training at Sharples School, my initial thoughts of trepidation turned to excitement. The school has been amazing and has welcomed me into the Sharples family. I am part of an extremely friendly department who have truly made me feel like one of the team. Sharples School looks after all its staff members and I feel supported at all times knowing that there are always staff that I can go to if I have any concerns or queries. Receiving a wide variety of training and CPD sessions, both whole-school and NQT specific, has allowed me to develop my understanding and practice. I have grown and matured in a very good school where the focus is on teaching and the camaraderie between staff is really good and this has provided me with the chance to develop and nurture as a good teacher and practitioner. The pupils are focused and show a real want to learn attitude, I have built good rapport and mutual trust with my classes which has confirmed that I have made the right career choice. Working for Sharples School has been an excellent decision and I feel very fortunate to come to a school where I am enjoying my time and most importantly, a school where I feel truly happy.

- Newly Qualified Teacher

‘Students enter the school in the morning with smiles on their faces, looking forward to the day ahead.’

- Ofsted
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