Careers update


Year 8 – Inspire to Aspire, Employability Skills Workshops

Two groups of students are taking part in a six week employability skills workshop run by The Salford Foundation and employees of JD
Sports. Each week, the students take part in team building exercises, problem solving tasks and a variety of other activities that will help them to develop their employability skills. The final session will involve a visit to JD Sports Distribution Centre to see the world of work in action.


Year 8 – Careers Carousel

We will be holding a ‘Careers Carousel’ in school on 4th March. The day will involve a number of local employers coming into school to offer
career advice and guidance to Year 8 students in the run up to the Year 8 Options.


Green Power Car Competition Launch

The Green Power Team (students from year 7-11) took part in the official launch of the project on Friday 31st January. The launch was held
at the Porsche Centre, Bolton. Porsche have very kindly sponsored the project and purchased the kit car for the school to build. The project is going amazingly well, promoting careers in the curriculum and developing strong working relationships across the year groups.


Year 12/13 Careers in the Fashion Industry/Sustainable Fashion Talk

Friday 31st January – A Level Textile students listened to a talk from Marie Jones, Fashion Designer. Over the years, Marie has designed clothing ranges for many of the High Street brands including Marks and Spencer, Top Shop, Dorothy Perkins and more. Marie’s talk included advice and guidance on careers and courses within the Fashion industry and also about fashion sustainability. Marie explained that recently she had begun to look into the way clothes are produced and had become passionate about reducing, recycling and re-making clothes.

High sugar / high caffeine energy drinks

Energy drinks are soft drinks that contain higher levels of caffeine than other soft drinks, and may also contain a lot of sugar. Evidence suggests that excessive consumption of energy drinks by children is linked to negative health outcomes such as headaches, sleeping problems, irritation and tiredness. The impact on concentration in lessons is also noticeable. We do not allow energy drinks in school and would ask that you remind your son / daughter that if they bring this type of drink with them it will be confiscated.

Thank you for your support in this matter.


Safety of students

To improve the safety of our students at the beginning and the end of the day, the top road above the bus lanes will be closed to cars at the following times from after half term:

8.30 to 8.50 am and 3.35 to 3.50 pm.

Please drop students off in the bus lane nearest the main road and pick up after 4 pm.


Canon Slade Association


The Canon Slade Association (CSA) is Canon Slade’s PTA. It is an organisation of parents, staff, governors, ex-pupils and friends who come together to support the school. There is no membership fee, as a parent with a child in school you
are automatically a member.

All CSA fundraising goes directly to supporting your children, providing equipment that adds value to school life. So far this academic year we have provided over £4000.00 of funding to a large number of departments.

How do we raise all this money?

  • Christmas Fair (November 2019) raised over £1000.00.
  • Chocolate Evening (March 2019) raised £360.00
  • 200 Club



The Giving Machine™ is a not for profit social enterprise that enables us to generate free cash donations for CSA every time you shop online at the qualifying online stores.



CSA receive £400.00 per tonne of goods collected A significant part of the CSA money is raised by parent volunteers serving
refreshments at Parents’ Evenings and Performing Arts Events.



by Ruby Rose, also featuring other quality independent stalls.

Ticket price £5.00 which includes a welcome drink of Prosecco or non-alcoholic drink and a raffle ticket.


Besides fundraising our main function is to:

  • Support the school, pupils, staff and parents
  • Communicate by acting as a link between parents and school
  • Consult by providing a forum to exchange views on matters relating to school
  • Provide fellowship by arranging events which bring together parents, staff and children in an informal atmosphere.

The CSA is always needing more parent volunteers, new ideas and fresh approaches. We would really welcome any new support, even an hour serving refreshments once a year would be a great help!

We hold half termly meetings which all parents and staff are welcome to attend. These meetings last around one hour and do the usual things you would expect from a PTA such as arranging fund-raising or social events and deciding on worthy causes for any funds that we might have available. We also receive Governors’ Reports (a number of Parent Governors are active CSA members) and a report from the Head, Mrs Sudworth, who is a regular participant in CSA activities.


Next meetings to be held at 7pm in the Library 12th March, 12th May and 1st July 2020.

For further information about the CSA please contact




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Library news


A group of year 8 and 9 students had the pleasure of meeting the young adult author Lisa Williamson at Bolton School on 27 January. Lisa’s
books are popular and during her talk she talked about the inspiration and processes behind her books, ‘All about Mia’ and ‘Paper Avalanche’.

Students commented,

” I liked how nice she was and it has given me confidence to write my own stories and that one day my stories might be published”,

” I really enjoyed this trip and listening to Lisa read her extracts from her books”.

During January and February the library has promoted national themes such as Holocaust Memorial and Mental Health Awareness Week with on-going displays to promote the library stock. Students and family members can use the Oliver library catalogue outside school to check availability of the books.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be in school from 2nd to the 6th March and students in year 7 and 8 will have the opportunity to visit the book fair during English lessons.

All year 7-9 students will receive a World Book Day £1.00 off voucher to use at the fair. The library receives commission for the books sold so thank you in advance to parents and carers for supporting us.

World Book Day is on 5th March and every year we launch the World Book Day Bake Off to raise money for Book Aid International and last year we raised £113.00. The invitation is for all students to bake and decorate a cake or small cakes with a book theme. The judging will take place on 4th March. Please could cakes be taken directly to the library in the morning and the cake sale will be during break time.

Steps 2 Success


Following our first term of using the Steps2Success system, we have celebrated a number of successes. We were able to reward and
recognise 1114 students last term for their engagement in lessons through Steps2Success.

Postcards were sent home for students that accumulated ‘accepting challenge’ grades and they were also entered into a raffle for a voucher within their half-year groups. Students who achieved the highest number of ‘determined to succeed’ were also invited to attend the festive rewards lunch

Music and performance


Tickets are now available for our annual Dance Show, featuring extracts from The Lion King! If you would like to order tickets, please complete a ticket order form and return it to school in a named, sealed envelope with the correct cash or a cheque made payable to
‘Canon Slade School’.

Please note that, unfortunately, tickets cannot be paid for on the online Scopay system. Please put your child’s name and form on the
back of your cheque. Your child can post the envelope in the red Box Office post box, which is located at the foot of the stairs
in B block or hand it in to Mrs Rimmer in B51.

Performance dates:

Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Thursday, 12 March 2020

Ticket Prices:

Adults £4.00, Concessions (senior citizens, students, children) £3.00