Bolton Linking Programme has grown each year since it began in 2013. This year, 2017-2018, we have had 32 schools involved. A total of 50 classes have linked so approximately 1500 children are benefiting from being involved in this project.


Brownlow Fold and The Gates Primary Schools are two of our established Schools Linking partners. The classes involved in this link are Year 4 at Brownlow Fold Primary School and Year 3/4 at The Gates Primary School. The two classes met for the first time during the Autumn term at Bolton College where they participated in a sports “festival”. This included communication and teamwork activities led by student facilitators from the college (and overseen by the college tutors). The two classes have kept in touch and are now looking forward to their next visit together in the summer term.


How we feel about the Linking Schools programme

We have a very diverse population in Bolton and in today’s climate it is absolutely vital that the different communities continue to live together in harmony and have a mutual understanding and respect for each other.  The Schools Linking Project is extremely important for Bolton as it facilitates children and young people from different backgrounds and cultures to come together, learn about each other’s similarities and differences and make friends.  These children and young people are the future of Bolton.


How others feel about our work

Miss Altham, class teacher at The Gates Primary School:

The Schools Linking Project has been an enriching and fun experience for both myself and the children. They have loved getting to know their new friends in a new environment and I feel grateful to have had this opportunity to give the children a chance to meet and get to know people outside of school


We have loved making new friends and can’t wait to see them again in a few weeks. We enjoyed doing the sports activities at Bolton College especially football! What a great day!



Nicola Mahon and James Orme, ACIS (Achievement, Cohesion and Integration Service), Bolton Council