Boltons Church of England Primary School is situated in the village of Bolton Low Houses. We are approximately a 30 minute drive from a number of major towns – Penrith, Workington, Keswick and Carlisle. We are open from 8:30am until 5:30pm every day; the school day runs from 8:30am until 3pm, but our After School Club operates until 5:30pm. School staff also run out of hours clubs Monday- Thursday between 3pm and 4pm. Pupils are expected to be on site by 8:25am as this is when we ring the bell. More information about After School Club can be found on http://boltonsafterschoolclub.co.uk.
The school day starts with Collective Worship after registration; Monday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30am and at 8:45am on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lessons start at 9am and we break for lunch at midday. KS1 pupils have morning break at 10:30am and KS2 at 10:45am. The pupils in KS1 also have short afternoon break at 2:25pm.
The school currently has 73 pupils on roll split between four teaching groups. Each class teacher produces a termly curriculum letter which describes in more detail what pupils are studying each term. All classes have daily lessons in Maths and English and Science is taught three times per week in all KS2 classes. History, Geography, Art and Design and Technology are taught in half termly blocks. All classes have two hours per week of PE, one hour of music and children from Year 3 upwards are taught French; we also have links with a primary school in France and this year our Year 5 pupils are corresponding with them.
RE is taught weekly in all classes by class teachers and Collective Worship is a daily event. We have very strong links with our local church, All Saints at Boltongate. Last year we led the Christmas service and took part in the Mothering Sunday Service. Our vicar Mr Streatfeild joins us every Wednesday to lead Collective Worship in school and parents are welcome to join us in any of our assemblies. Every half term we also hold an assembly planned and led by pupils, to which all parents are invited, and these are always well attended.
We operate a Buddy system where pupils in Year 6 are assigned new pupils in Reception class to look after; they look after them throughout their first year and strong bonds quickly form between these pupils.
The School Council is a very important part of our school and we ask them to help us write and review some school policies; choose charities to support; produce regular articles for the Parish magazine; choose how to spend money raised and generally take responsibility for areas in school. Last year we raised money for MacMillan, UNICEF, Child.org, Cancer research UK and Jigsaw our local children’s hospice.
The school recently achieved a silver Eco- Award and this year we also gained the bronze PE award.
Here at Boltons we take safeguarding of all our pupils very seriously. The open, honest, supportive and caring approach we take aims to ensure that pupil welfare and well-being are understood to be of the utmost importance to all who use and visit our school. The designated officer for safeguarding is Mrs Pitcher and Mr Murphy is our designated governor for safeguarding. Any concerns are dealt with swiftly.
More information about safeguarding can be found in the child protection policy on our policy page.