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 an over-subscribed, 11-16 mixed comprehensive with over 1,000 pupils on roll. It is situated in the North of Bolton in pleasant surroundings. The school motto is ‘Learn. Dream. Achieve.’ This underpins everything that we do in our vibrant and aspirational learning community. Please see our 'Team Sharples' video below.


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 all of our pupils. The school also works hard to fulfil its aims as a specialist science college, with the curriculum offering a range of STEM based subjects, both vocational and academic. First class pastoral support is an integral part of our provision, with the well-being of students and staff being a priority at all times.

Comments from Ofsted (2019)

“You have created a caring, inclusive learning community where pupils achieve well.”

“You have left no stone unturned in your quest to ensure that every pupil is provided with the building blocks they need to help them be successful. “

“In lessons, pupils are focused, work hard and show respect for others’ opinions.”

“Pupils greatly appreciate the support that staff provide. They told inspectors that staff go the ‘extra mile’ for them to help them do their best.”

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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