Lead School: Bolton School
Bolton School, one of the largest independent educational establishments in the country, is the TES Independent School of the Year 2019 and the Independent School Parent magazine’s Independent School of the Year. It consists of the Girls’ Division and the Boys’ Division, each separate school with their own Headteachers but a single Governing body and an extensive shared campus.
Both the Girls’ and Boys’ Division have a history of training new entrants to the profession. Their academic results consistently place them amongst the top schools in the North of England and often within the top 100 nationally. The vast majority of their students go on to their first choice university and they have a regular flow of sixth formers to highly competitive courses.
Bolton Hub Leader, Christophe Fico
Head of French at Bolton School Girls’ Division
Christophe is a French national with 20 years’ experience of teaching MFL in the northwest of England. He has taught a range of languages (French, Spanish and German) in both the state and independent sectors. He currently works at Bolton School Girls’ Division where he is Head of French as well as the Bolton Hub NML SCITT Subject Lead. Previous to this post, he was a Senior Subject Teacher for MFL in a school based in Cheshire, where he also held a pastoral role. Alongside teaching, he is a Senior Examiner for a leading Awarding Body.
He is passionate about both languages and teaching. He loves travelling and discovering new cultures. A keen tennis player, he enjoys using his language skills on a tennis court by taking part in tournaments across the world (including Spain and Germany).
Bolton is often called ‘one of the UK’s friendliest towns’. It offers cultural, sporting and historical attractions, as well as breath-taking scenery.
For information about travel in Bolton: www.visitbolton.com/travel
22 October 2019
Niall is the MEN Student Teacher of the Year
Niall Gaffney, who undertook his teacher training at Bolton School under the School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme has won this year’s Manchester Evening News’ Student Teacher of the Year Award. The announcement came at an award ceremony held at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester. Headmistress Sue Hincks and Head of French in Bolton School Girls’ Division Mr Christophe Fico attended the event along with Bolton School SCITT Coordinator Ms Marcia Teichman, who said: “Niall is a dedicated linguist. He is a fluent speaker of French and has made great strides developing his teaching of his second language of Spanish. He has shown himself to be a very personable and engaging member of the NML SCITT trainee group. He has been incredibly organised, positive, and determined. Niall has excellent subject knowledge, real presence and the ability to enthuse others and he is a fantastic role model for any languages classroom. His lessons were thoroughly planned with a range of engaging tasks and elements of differentiation to enable progress from all the pupils in the group. He shared the role of form tutor of a Year 7 group and managed the administrative duties willingly, developing a secure pastoral relationship with his tutees.
“The pupils enjoyed his lessons and responded superbly well to him. He managed them well and it is evident that he knows the individual pupils’ strengths and weaknesses. He had high expectations in terms of their learning outcomes and their behaviour. Niall strove to integrate knowledge gained from his training sessions into his everyday teaching and made excellent progress in his lesson planning. He gained a deeper insight into the exam requirements at GCSE and A-level and took every opportunity to be involved in marking and moderation. His NML SCITT tutors all agree that Niall the potential to be an inspirational teacher.”
Upon successful completion of the Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status with the National Modern Languages SCITT and Sheffield Hallam University in June 2019, Niall will take up a position at The Co-op Academy North Manchester in Blackley from this September.
First MFL SCITT trainee through Bolton School
9 February 2018, from the Bolton News
As Spring Half-term concludes, Steph Millar has become the first trainee teacher to pass through Bolton School Girls’ Division as part of a new national Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme. The innovative link-up between state and independent schools is led by top Sheffield comprehensive Silverdale School and is aimed at attracting more Modern Languages’ teachers. Bolton School is the Northern partner and hub school for the scheme and it is anticipated that Steph will be the first of many trainees passing through the school.
Steph spent a busy half-term at Bolton School, taking on a Year 8 and Year 10 Spanish class as well as undertaking some team teaching with Year 7 French, Year 7 Spanish and Year 9 French. She shadowed a Year 10 Form in order to get a better understanding of the role of a Form Tutor and also shadowed the life of the MFL department, attending INSET, departmental meetings and even consultation evenings. She completed lots of lesson observations in the department and to gain an idea of teaching languages across all stages, she also visited Bolton School Junior Girls’ School to see younger pupils being taught French. During her placement, Steph also observed a PSHEE lesson and some History lessons in order to help her with her Content and Language Integrated Learning assignment (teaching subjects such as science, history and geography to students through a foreign language).
Looking back over the past six weeks, Steph said: “I have enjoyed my placement at Bolton School. The pupils are polite and hardworking and the teachers are dedicated and supportive. I am especially grateful to the MFL department for their guidance and encouragement. I have learned a lot from them about the teaching profession.”
Steph now returns to Silverdale School to complete her professional training and to her first placement near Sheffield as she strives to achieve her Post Graduate Certificate in Education and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Bolton School want to recruit more foreign language teachers
20 December 2017, from the Bolton News
THE borough’s top performing school is helping to lead a drive to recruit more foreign language teachers, in a new independent state initiative.
The Government wants to increase the number of pupils gaining language qualifications.
Bolton School is to become one of a number of schools to form part of a hub for trainee teachers as part of the National Modern Languages’ School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme.
Students entering the profession will receive initial training at Silverdale School in Sheffield, a leading comprehensive school, and at the Sheffield Hallam University before offering them a year of teaching training through placements in ‘excellent and modern languages’ departments’ such as Bolton School, Dulwich College in London or in Sheffield.
Bolton School says it has a thriving modern languages department, which teach up to Key Stage Five in French, German and Spanish, with pupils taking part in school trips, exchanges and a range of cultural activities.
Headmistress Sue Hincks said: “Schools across England need more modern languages teachers and we are delighted to help out in this respect by becoming a centre for teacher training.
“We look forward to welcoming and working with aspiring teachers in our senior school in the coming months, where I know they will benefit from being under the guidance of our highly accomplished language teachers.”
Student teachers will be based in Bolton School working alongside the staff in the modern foreign languages department and complete their professional training in Bolton and Silverdale School.
The trainee teachers will be supported by the SCITT lead teacher, who co-ordinates the course with Silverdale School and a subject mentor at Bolton School. The mentor will meet them every week and help them throughout their time in school.
The British Council — the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities — says that it is “vital for the future prosperity of the UK’ that other languages are spoken.
Hub partner schools
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