Bolton Hub (inc. Cheadle Hulme)

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.


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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).

About Bolton

Bolton is often called ‘one of the UK’s friendliest towns’. It offers cultural, sporting and historical attractions, as well as breath-taking scenery.

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Cheadle Hulme School

For the 2020-21 academic year the Bolton Hub will also incorporate the Cheadle Hulme area, led by Cheadle Hulme School.

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SCITT Leader: Rachel Dalton-Woods


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.

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