First images of Bolton's first all boys' school

First images of Bolton's first all boys' school

First images of Bolton's first all boys' school

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

THESE CGI images show what Bolton’s new £10 million all boys school will look like.

Multi-million plans have now been submitted to Bolton Council to build the state-of-the-art campus on the site of the former Wolfenden School in Astley Bridge.

The school closed in 2003.

The images depict the courtyard area of the new single sex school — the borough’s first all boys state school.

It will headed by Shabir Fazal, former assistant director of Bolton’s children’s services, a qualified physics teacher.

Eden Boys’ School, for 11 to 18-years-olds, will open in September as part of the Government’s flagship free school programme.

It has been approved by the Department for Education and the school, which will educate up to 700 boys, now needs planning permission.

Eden Boys’ School is a faith school being opened by the Tauheedul Free Schools Trust, which was formed following the success of the Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School in Blackburn — a voluntary aided school.

Although it is designated as a Muslim faith school, the school says it will welcome applications from families of all faiths to promote community cohesion and shared values of respect, honesty, integrity and hard work.

Young people will follow the traditional curriculum, focusing on GCSEs and A-levels, with an emphasis on the STEM — science, technology, engineering and maths — citizenship, health and sport.

Mr Fazal, who has been vice principal at the hugely successful Tauheedul Islam Girls’ School in Blackburn, said: “It is going back to what I know best and to be able to make a difference.

“This will be a really fantastic opportunity for young people of Bolton and for Bolton as a whole.

“The values of the school are universal, valued by all faiths and those of no faith.”

The qualified physics teacher said school was about achieving academic excellence, with children aspiring to go the top universities, as well as developing into young citizens.

The 53-year-old, from Accrington, said: “Working at the girls school showed me all children can achieve, the pass rate there was 95 of students of all backgrounds getting five or more A* to C GCSES, including English and maths.

“Working there has shown me what is possible, what can be achieved by all pupils.”

The school is already fully subscribed with 100 pupils in year seven and 50 in year.

It has limited numbers so not to impact on other schools.

Mr Fazal said that it would work with others, sharing its resources and facilities.

Pupils will start at the school this September and the sixth form is expected to open in 2016.

Free schools are state-funded schools independent of local authority control.

The government says they are run by teachers — not local or central government bureaucrats. They have the freedom to decide the length of the school day and term, the curriculum, and how they reward their teachers and spend their money.

The Olive Tree Primary — a mixed sex Muslim school which will take non-Muslim children — was the first Free School to open with Essa Primary School opening this September.

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