The Ferns Primary Academy

Bolton, United Kingdom

Location: Bolton, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 5 - 11 years

About The Ferns Primary Academy

Welcome from the Principal

Welcome to Northern Education Trust, The Ferns Primary Academy website. We hope you find the information you are looking for about our academy. If you have any further questions please contact a member of the friendly team. As part of Northern Education Trust, the Local Academy Governors, parents and staff are committed to fostering a community of caring learners and to providing an academic curriculum that develops a broad knowledge base with a commitment to basic skills.

At The Ferns Primary Academy we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that enables all children to ‘be the best they can be’. The English and mathematics curriculum follows ‘mastery principles’: ensuring children have opportunities to embed learning before moving onto the next topic. The curriculum is inclusive and imaginative: stimulating young minds as well as preparing them for the modern world.


Literature lies at the heart of the school’s English curriculum: the children read both contemporary and classical British authors as well as literature from around the world. We foster a love of reading and provide our pupils with rich texts and a vibrant environment. The termly plan is split into units of work – enabling children to master a writing style before moving on.


There is a termly plan for each year group from Year 1 to Year 6. Each term is split into twelve weeks. As part of each overview, a significant amount of time is devoted to developing key number concepts each year. This ensures students build their fluency as number sense will affect their success in other areas of mathematics. Students who are successful with numbers are much more confident mathematicians.

The wider curriculum

The National Curriculum subjects are taught discretely and through topics, this ensures children become skilled in Science, Computing and the foundation subjects. The school is committed to developing an appreciation of visual and performance art alongside inspiring the next generation of historians and geographers. Throughout the curriculum British values of: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are interwoven.

We promote high-level thinking and use cooperative learning strategies to promote collaboration. This is complemented by a bespoke music program where every child in our school has the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.

We are outcomes focused and child centred. Every member of the academy works towards our four values:

  • We are kind
  • We work hard
  • We keep ourselves safe
  • We try our best

We are The Ferns!

At The Ferns Primary Academy it is expected that every pupil will strive to fulfill his or her unique potential, while also acting as a worthy member of the School community.

James Howard
Associate Executive Principal at The Ferns Primary Academy 

On behalf of the Northern Education Trust Board, welcome to the Northern Education Trust The Ferns Primary Academy.

We are unswerving in our commitment to ensure that the outcomes our young people secure prepare them fully for life beyond school. Our Academies are happy and thriving communities where children both achieve and feel safe and cared for. As an inclusive Trust we strive to help young people overcome any barrier to learning.

We are a caring employer and invest heavily in professional development, allowing our staff opportunities to take the next steps in their career. We hope you find our website holds all the information you need to believe that whether you are a parent or prospective employee, your next steps should be taken with us.

Rob Tarn
Chief Executive 

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Address: Part of Northern Education Trust, Plodder Lane, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire, BL4 0DA, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1204 471277