GCSE Drama students at Bolton School Boys' Division enjoyed a drama class with a difference when Sir Ian McKellen, an Old Boy of the School, dropped in on their lesson.
Sir Ian was back in his old school to put his name to the boys' drama studio. After a brief unveiling of the plaque on the "McKellen Studio Theatre", Sir Ian gave a talk reminiscing about his days at Bolton School, which he attended from 1951-58. He sat in on the Drama lesson, and along with his companion for the day, fellow actor Antony Cotton (Sean Tully in Coronation Street), offered advice and tips on acting to the boys.
School Ranked Amongst Best in Country
The Daily Telegraph's 2010 ranking of independent schools by A level results has placed Bolton School Boys' Division as 62nd best school in the country and the Girls' Division as 79th. The table reflects the percentage of A level grades at A* and A. The results place the School amongst the best in the North-West and comfortably place both divisions of the school in the top 10 independent schools in the North of England.
At GCSE the Girls' Division has been placed 82nd in a league table of independent schools based on the 2010 results, as released by the Independent Schools Council, and the Boys' Division also performed exceptionally well and were placed at 148th in the table.
Two Sixth Form students at Bolton School Girls' Division, Roxanna Azimy and Megan Scott, have designed a winning fashion collection in the BBC Blast 'Your Label 2010' Fashion Design Competition, and will now get to showcase their designs at London Fashion week in September!
The competition was run in conjunction with the V&A museum and entrants had to use one of the on-line museum collections as inspiration to create their own fashion collection. The girls opted for the 'Japanese' themed collection, and their designs were chosen as one of ten national winners.
In sport, the Boys' Division First XV rugby team have got off to a terrific start for the 2010-11 season as they overcame Audenshaw 36-14.
And the last week in August saw Bolton School pupils, staff and parents join together for the first ever school mountain bike trip which took a sixteen strong group on a nine day trip in the Austrian mountains at Westendorf, Tirol.