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15th May 2016


Dear Parents and Carers,

May is already half way through and the long 8 week half term is speeding along … which means, of course, our best wishes to all students in Years 11 and 13 in particular, but Year 12 as well, as they all enter the closing stages of exam preparation and revision. Written GCSE exams begin on Monday 16th May, and AS exams soon after, occupying the Hall and many places round the school.

We are saying farewell to Year 11 as this letter is being sent out to you. This is their final day, and it is marked by much leave-taking and not a few tears, as well as a buffet lunch and then the Leavers’ Service in the afternoon, with many parents and carers joining us. Thank you to the many who are able to join with us on this important occasion.

What I am saying to them – beyond the work hard and do well – will be a reminder of the word I used in the first assembly with them when they had just started their GSCE courses those short but packed two years ago. The word was Ubuntu, which comes from Archbishop Tutu in South Africa, and it is about belonging and fellowship – that the individual human being is only fulfilled and defined by being in a community with others. It is captured in the wisdom within the saying, ‘It takes a whole village to raise a child.’

Miss Manning, their Head of Year, and Canon Thompson, our Chair of Governors, wished them all most well on behalf of all of the staff who have worked with them over the past five years. Whether they come back to us in the Sixth Form or head to an apprenticeship or take up a college course, we hope every success and much happiness to them, and that they may find God and His blessing throughout their lives and at the heart of their family and friendships and community.

We shall meet with Year 13 in just a couple of weeks’ time in the Chapel this time, when they lead their own farewell service, and we wish them well in their turn.

On Friday it is Founder’s Day when we welcome back Canon Phillip Williamson as our preacher on the theme of service. Years 10 and 12 are with us in the morning, when we say a big thank you to our outgoing Head Girl, Head Boy and team. Then it is Year 7 and 8 in the afternoon when we welcome our incoming Head Boy and Head Girl and team.

So the Classes of 2016 will come to this important point in their time with us and in the cycle of the growing years. Wherever they move on to, far or near, they have each left their mark and there are friendships and many good memories. ‘…What will survive of us is love,’ indeed…

Yours sincerely,

Alan Mottershead


Brief Updates

Admissions 2016

The cut-off points score for admission into Year 7 was very high this year (386 when the offers were
made on 1st March). This has changed slightly during the re-allocation period throughout March, but
we are still left with 40 admissions appeals. These will be heard from 23rd – 26th May by the
independent panel.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme update

We are grateful for the support and encouragement of parents and carers for students in Years 9
and 10 doing the first mass participation in the Bronze Award with us. It is good that many are ready
to get sections signed off and Pam Sleigh was in assemblies this week to explain how.

The Expedition season is with us with the first two Training Days planned in and another to follow.
We are pleased that the Anderton Centre at Rivington is partnering us on this.

There will be more days out to come in June – October as we begin to organise the Practice and then
the Qualifying expeditions. More details later in the half term.

We are also restarting the Gold Award in the Sixth Form with thanks to Dr Eves. We hope that this
will feature in the Enrichment Curriculum next year.

It is the 60th Anniversary Year for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the school will be
represented at the Garden Party event at Buckingham Palace on Monday 16th May. Mr Tony Gray
who led the work in the school for so many years is able to be with us on that date and I am very
glad that he is.


Requests for your son/daughter to leave school early for a medical appointment/hospital
appointment or dentist appointment should be made in writing to your child’s Form Tutor in
advance of the appointment. The Form Tutor will then issue your child with a blue slip which will
allow them to leave a lesson early and also allow the office staff to sign the pupil out of school.

Please do not email your request into school or telephone the school office to request absence
unless this appointment is an emergency and has been made after your child has left for school
that morning. Thank you.

Becoming an Academy – UPDATE

Just a few comments from Canon Slade families have been received so far. I hope that you will feel able to comment on the idea and the process in the weeks leading up to half term.

Locally, Rivington and Blackrod High School has begun the same process of consultation as we have, and there are other discussions happening between schools as we seek to establish our partnerships. There has, of course, been a major change of direction by the Secretary of State, removing the requiring of all schools to become academies – and I am sure that there is more clarification of that to come in the weeks ahead.

For us, it was not about responding to the government’s announcement, which we took to be a co-incidence of timing more than anything. Rather, we had been in partnership discussions with St James’s for the best part of a year, and it seems a good point to develop that more formally. We have received encouragement from Bolton Local Authority and from the Diocese of Manchester, who both see such partnerships between schools as central to the way forward for the system. We are sure that other schools will join with us in due course.

During this period of consultation, we are speaking with representatives of the different Deaneries which support the school. I have been to Walmsley so far, where I was warmly received – with many thanks! Two more meetings follow in June, and then we take stock of all of the consultation responses to shape the way forward.

So what is an academy?

An academy is an independent school funded directly from central government through the Education Funding Agency. It has control over its own curriculum, not having to follow the National Curriculum. As a Voluntary Aided (Church of England) school, we enjoy many of these freedoms and this independence already – so it feels like a natural step.

So what is a Multi-Academy Trust?

At least two schools formally join together to work as one organisation, business and charity, while retaining the individual and distinctive qualities and identities of the schools, and their own right to self-determination. The schools work to support each other, and to achieve some benefits of scale which an individual school might not obtain. The MAT becomes the employer of the staff – but locates them in the schools in which they are already working.

What are the advantages?

It is about self-determination and establishing our own partnerships with like-minded schools in a time of turbulence in education. It is about maintaining and developing the Christian ethos at the heart of our schools, and of being able to articulate our own ways forward.

We trust that there will be great opportunities for our students and for our staff from the growing partnership between the schools and with others as they join with us in the not too distant future.

There is usually some slight budget benefit – an academy receives the notional amount of funding which the Local Authority would have received to support it as a maintained school. There are capital funds for which to bid – and if successful, then 100% of the costs of the project would be met – rather than the 90% at the moment. There is a little pragmatism too…

Early days then, with much to discuss and explore as we take steps forward. Do contribute to the consultation if you would like to. Thank you.

Diary dates for the weeks to come … in Summer Term 2016

Thursday 12th May
Year 11 Leavers’ Service 1.45pm School Hall

Friday 13th
May Founder’s Day Services 10am and 2pm
Bolton Parish Church

Monday 16th May
GCSE written exams begin

Friday 27th May
Year 13 Leavers’ Service Chapel
End of the half term

Monday 6th June
School resumes after the half term break

Thursday 9th June
Sports Day (weather permitting)

Tuesday 28th June
Last day of summer written exam papers

Wednesday 29th June Year 12
Induction Day for September
Year 13 Prom…!

Thursday 30th June
Year 11 Prom ..!

Monday 11th July
New Year 6 > 7 Parents’ Evening

Friday 22nd July
End of Summer Term


The Music Department present their Junior Showcase – Thursday, 16 June (7pm)

Tickets for the above concert are now on sale. Adult £6, concession £5. Payment by cash or cheque (payable to Canon Slade School) please. NB Payment cannot be made via Scopay online.

A copy of the letter to parents with ticket request slip is available on our website. Ticket request slips are also available from the Box Office (room B51).


Flute lessons

Please note that there are a few places still available for Year 7s to commence Flute Lessons before the end of the school year. A taster session can be arranged if your child would like to have a trial on a school instrument.

If your child is interested in attending a taster session with a view to starting lessons, then please ask them to collect a letter from Mrs McDermott in the Main Office as soon as possible.

Mr A Pettitt, Head of Music

Sports update


The athletics season is now upon us and all of the boys and girls are gearing up for the first major competition of the year which is the ESAA Track and Field Cup 2016. The preliminary round of this will be hosted at Longford Park.

We were also fortunate to have 4 teams represent Bolton in the Greater Manchester Sportshall Athletics Championships last week. All 4 teams performed exceptionally well against some very strong competition.

Below are the results and the positions each team finished in Greater Manchester:

Year 7 girls- 1st and Regional Champions
Year 7 boys- 5th
Year 8 girls -2nd and Regional Runners up
Year 8 boys – 3rd

We are exceptionally proud of how well all the athletes performed.


Cheerleading has been a very popular choice for many girls this year. The majority of the team are Key stage 3 and completely new to the sport. In the Bolton Schools’ Championships they competed in the Key stage 4 stunting section and were winners by a large margin. We are extremely proud of their achievements this year!


Here are the Netball league results for 2016, received this week, and very good reading they make as well:

Year 7 – runners up … but by 1 point!
Year 8 – runners up
Year 9 – 4th
Year 10 – Champions
Year 11 – Champions

Congratulations to the teams and squads for their good successes, and for the sustained commitment and team-spirit evident throughout the season. Well done.



We are still awaiting confirmation of results from the mini tournament fixtures at Bolton School but some rugby has been on display and with the number of wins we should be in contention for Town A league champions at years 7-9.

Under 15

Superbly done – we finished the season as Emerging Schools Rugby plate champions after a 32-17 win over Ormskirk at Liverpool St Helens Rugby Club, our first win since 2010!! Well done to the whole squad.

Rugby 7s

An amazing performance from our combined Year 10/11 with both teams reaching the final which gave us the winners and runners up spot in the Bolton Schools’ competition.
Well done to all involved this year and we hope to continue with more rugby and more success next year.


We are now up and running with the Lancashire Schools Competitions, no winners so far but hopefully before the summer term ends we will bring home some silverware. If students wish to be involved, please try and obtain a handicap at your local club.


Well done and thanks to all who represented the school during the season – which even now has not quite finished. Anyway, here’s how each team finished this season:

Well done and thanks to all who represented the school during the season – which even now has not quite finished. Anyway, here’s how each team finished this season:

Year 7

Bolton Cup – R2 Bolton 6-a-side WINNERS ESFA National Cup – R6 (Last 32)


Bolton 6-a-side FINALISTS ESFA National B Cup – R4

Year 8

Bolton Cup – Quarter Final County Cup – Quarter Final
ESFA National Cup – R1


ESFA National Cup – R5 (Last 64)

Year 9

Bolton Cup – WINNERS County Cup – Quarter Final
ESFA National Cup – R4

Year 10

Bolton Cup – Semi Finalists County Cup – Semi Finalists (still playing)
ESFA National Cup – R2

Year 11

Bolton Cup – R1 County Cup – Semi Finalists
ESFA National Cup – R2

Under 18

County Cup – Quarter Finalists ESFA National Cup – R6 (Last 32)


I’d like to add to the football summary my thanks and appreciation to all the boys involved in playing, training, refereeing and coaching over the season. The boys have been a credit to the school whenever they represented us. Thanks also to parents/carers and fellow staff members for their continued support and patience with our football provision. All the rearranging and postponing at short notice can be chaos at times – but we get there in the end and it is much appreciated by staff and students alike.

Thank you – Mr Roberts

Canon Slade Hockey Match Report 11th May 2016

Canon Slade 3-2 Holy Cross

Canon Slade

20’ van Bentum
62’ Loonan
48’ van Bentum

Holy Cross

10’ Wadd
14’ Gilmore

This encounter was Canon’s first meeting of the year (and last), and their first meeting against Holy Cross which meant no one could predict what was about to come. Holy Cross started strong with a lot of pressure but thanks to Zayn Karim and goalkeeper George Carbery the clean sheet stayed intact. Canon Slade decided to play on the counter and thanks to a great aerial from Jacob van Bentum, Jake Wadd found himself in behind the Cross defence. He came into the opposition attacking circle thanks to some excellent skill and his deflected effort found the back of the net! 1-0!

Holy Cross weren’t going to go down without a fight though and shortly after converted a penalty corner through a deflected strike off their centre back Aimee Gilmore. 1-1! It would take a lot of fight from Canon Slade to get back in the lead and the inspiration came once again from the captain Jacob van Bentum. Thanks to a great pass from centre forward Billy Towers Jacob found space in the circle to squeeze an excellent reverse stick shot between defenders into the bottom corner! 2-1, Game On! The first half finished 2-1 to the Slade thanks to some grit, determination and an excellent top corner save from George Carbery in the Sladian goal.

The second half started well with some great work from Max Clarke and Billy Towers and some lovely passing in the middle from Gabrielle Wiseman. However, it was Holy Cross who took control with lots of pressure and countless short corners. However, the solid back four of Zayn Karim, Katie Smith, Jacob van Bentum & Beth Weaver proved its weight in gold. Once again on the counter, Canon Slade found themselves in the circle with a scramble on goal, Billy Towers shot was superbly saved by the Cross goalkeeper but a cool headed Towers slipped the ball to van Bentum who put the ball in past a helpless defender! 3-1!

The game looked to be in Canon’s fingertips until the defence found themselves caught out. An overload from Holy Cross found them in way too much space in the circle and they smartly converted a half volley through Beck Loonan despite an excellent first save from Carbery once again! 3-2! This made a very nervous finish to the game with Holy Cross throwing everything at Canon Slade. However it left lots of room at the back and Towers, van Bentum, Clarke and Wadd all found space in the opposition’s quarter without being able to finish! Holy Cross had one final push through Loonan who controlled the Holy Cross side but several tackles from Zayn Karim kept them out and the game finally came to its climactic end.

The umpire blowing his whistle for full time! Canon Slade 3, Holy Cross 2! A thoroughly deserved win for everyone in a Canon Slade shirt. Thanks to all the keen supporters that made it down to cheer on and commiserations to Holy Cross on a well fought game!

Sports fixtures calendar on-line

All of our sporting fixtures are available on the school calendar on-line. Letters will be sent home for all day fixtures or overnight stays. However, because of the number of evening fixtures we do, it is not possible to send letters home for every fixture. Pupils are also encouraged to check notice boards regularly.


The Library Page

New Library Website Launched

Fantastic news! We are thrilled to announce that we have a new web page where you can see all our latest news and as a platform to engage our students in promoting and encourage reading and to highlight resources to support and further student learning. The web page also provides many quick links to other useful websites. Please do take a look and your comments would be most welcome.


Bolton Book Quiz

bolton book quiz

We hosted the first Bolton Book quiz at Canon Slade organised by the Bolton Schools’ Library Service. The year 8 students have been practising throughout the year. A group of year 7 students who achieved classic reader or word millionaire were rewarded by being invited to be the audience to the quiz. The award winning author Alan Gibbons also provided a talk to the group of students about his books and life as a writer. This was a wonderful session that was enjoyed by all. Thank you to Bolton School’s Library Service for organising the quiz.

Revision Tips Display

tips display

The Revision Tips Display

Our display and revision tips have been used for students throughout all year groups to help them prepare for exams. We have a wide selection of revision guides which can also be borrowed for 2 days.

New Book Display

new book display

new book display

The new book display looks amazing with new fiction titles and some fabulous non-fiction books too. Should be something for everyone!

Accelerated Reader

Year 7 are now working towards achieving their summer term points target.

Please encourage students to read for at least 20 minutes per day and to check they are reading books which can be quizzed upon. Books can be borrowed from the library or from home. Please check ARBookfinder or log in to Home Connect which provides you with the opportunity to support your child’s reading. Login to register



Kate Greenaway Award

Kate Greenaway Award

Kate Greenaway Award

The most recent book we discussed was Jackie Morris ‘Something about a bear’.
This award is part of the national annual children’s award for the best illustrated book; this includes both fiction and non-fiction. We will be shadowing this award and discussing the illustrations and the stories too. All are welcome to join us on Monday at 1.00pm in the library.




Bolton Children’s Fiction Award

Bolton Children's Fiction Award

Bolton Children’s Fiction Award

It is voting time for students participating in the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award. Students can vote for their favourite book and have the opportunity to meet the authors at Bolton School in June.



Library Catalogue

Have a look at the resources available from the school library.

Eclipse.net (Hosted) is available from home on computers or ipad/tablet device.

Login for the computer https://u005966.microlibrarian.net or download an app iMLS.

Please encourage your child to return books on time to the library as books often can be outstanding for several weeks and other students may be waiting. Fines are one penny per day and are not charged at weekends or holidays. Money raised is donated to the library charity – World Vision.

Follow us on Twitter @CanonSladeLib for up to date news about the library.

Chaplaincy update

Student Chaplains

We will shortly be saying goodbye to our student chaplains; Katie Barnes, Kingsley Jones and Eleanor Smart. Between them they have contributed massively to the life of the school – leading worship, heading up our Fairtrade work, providing pastoral support to younger pupils, and many other activities. They go with our thanks and prayers for the future.

Once exam time is over we will start trying to recruit some new chaplains from our current Year 12, so please pray that the right people come forward.

Worship themes

After half term we will be looking at what qualities make a successful Olympian (with this summer’s Rio games in mind) and how those qualities might be important for everyone. The detailed themes are;

June 6th – Dedication / Focus

June 13th – Perseverance

June 20th – Resilience

June 27th – Talent

July 4th – Belief

July 11th – Sacrifice

July 18th – Support

Guest Speakers

This half term we were very pleased that members of the local PAIS team (you can find out more about them at www.paismovement.com) were able to come into school to lead some assemblies. They will be back after half term to lead another week.

Continuing our focus on reconciliation, we are also looking forward to one of our associate chaplains, Sarah Saxon (who is the youth worker as St. Peter’s Halliwell) coming to speak about her recent experiences in Israel where she was involved in a youth camp which tries to promote friendship and reconciliation between young Israelis and Palestinians

Summer Practice Timetable 2016


Summer Practice Timetable

Summer Practice Timetable

Holidays 2016/2017

Autumn Term

Staff Day:
Monday, 5 September 2016
Term Begins:
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Half Term:
Monday, 24 October to Friday, 28 October 2016
Term Ends:
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 (Carol Services)

Spring Term

Staff Days: Thursday, 5 January and Friday, 6 January 2017
Term Begins:
Monday, 9 January 2017
Half Term:
Monday, 20 February to Friday, 24 February 2017
Term Ends:
Friday, 7 April 2017

Summer Term

Term Begins:
Monday, 24 April 2017
Bank Holiday:
Monday, 1 May 2017
Founder’s Day:
Friday, 12 May 2017
Half Term:
Monday, 29 May to Friday, 2 June 2017
Term Ends:
Friday, 21 July 2017