A PRIMARY school in Bolton which "went above and beyond" to support families during lockdown has been honoured with an 'Oscar' of the teaching world.

All Saints CE School in Farnworth has received a Pearson National Teaching Silver Award in The Lockdown Hero Award for Learner and Community Support for its outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they teach.

The award-winners were announced on today's Thank a Teacher Day.

The school was one of just 102 Pearson Award winners and has been shortlisted to win one of 15 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC. Judges noted how staff stayed in touch with pupils and families when schools were closed due to Covid lockdowns. This was through phone calls to check in, dropping off food and other supplies.

Staff also set up and ran the Bolton School Community Scrub Hub – sewing vital scrubs for care home staff. The school describes itself as 'one big family'.

Headteacher Katie Hague said: "We are just so incredibly proud, the team at the school give over and above to the school community anyway ­— but it was even more evident over the past year. They pulled together, visited families just for chat and did it all with smiles on their faces."

She added: "I think the community has realised that we are all one family and that we are there for them, whether school is open or closed. We will do all we can for them and to protect them from the impact of what is going on in the wider world."

The multi academy trust responsible for The Olive School, Bolton and Eden Boys’ School, also received the award in the same category. Across the trust, Star Family Hubs were established in 13 towns and cities nationwide – including Bolton - to support vulnerable children and key workers’ children.  Bolton News, 24 June 2021

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It is with some sadness, alongside heartfelt wishes for a fond farewell and a joyous future, that I announce the retirement of Joan Hall, as the diocesan representative on the Board of Governors at St. Peter’s school, with effect from 31st July 2021.

Joan has served in this role for well over 15 years, and has seen the school transform from a one form entry Victorian building into a modern two from entry school with space for 14 classes. She has supported the school when making numerous teaching appointments and was pivotal is bringing the co-headship structure to St. Peter’s in 2006. She has worked with passion and enthusiasm to ensure the school is challenged and supported in equal measure, always putting the wellbeing and academic development of the pupils at the forefront of her thinking.

She brought her experience as a teacher and long serving guide leader to the role and always placed the children front and centre when difficult decisions were required.

The past year has been a very challenging one for school, with many obstacles to face, yet Joan has always been a calming influence, bringing her wisdom and experience to the role.

I would like to thank Joan for her support, encouragement, and guidance over the years. It has been and absolute pleasure working alongside her as a valued member of our Governing Board and I wish her a long and happy retirement.


L.M. Williams

Head teacher

St. Peter’s CE Primary, Farnworth

On behalf of the Governing Board



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