Friendship first at The Olive Tree, Bolton's first free school in Daubhill
FRIENDSHIPS are being forged at Bolton’s landmark school.
The Olive Tree School in Daubhill has been open for two weeks — and already pupils are making good friends.
Not only is The Olive Tree the town’s newest school, it is the borough’s first free school.
Principal Farhat Choudry said: “It has been great to see our children come into school excited and smiling every morning.
“Our children have settled in well and new friendships have been formed.
“We have fabulous parents who have been great in supporting the school with the new routines.
“This is just the start of our future journey.”
The Olive Tree Primary School opened in Adelaide Street and has 60 children in Reception and 30 in Year One.
The school will follow the national curriculum, with a strong emphasis on numeracy and literacy, using modern technology.
Children will receive mini iPads and the latest Apple technology is in all of the classrooms.
The school says its aim is to develop confident individuals, responsible citizens and successful learners.
Free schools are independent state-funded schools set up to meet local need and improve education for children in their community.
The Olive Tree was set up in response to local parents and the community — and senior leaders say it will be a part of “Bolton’s family of schools”.
The co-educational faith school is for children aged four to 11. Although a faith school, children from all faith and non-faith communities are welcome to celebrate cultural and faith diversity.
Its aim is to grow to 420 pupils with 50 per cent of children from the Muslim faith.
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