General Information and Practicalities


Where do I get uniform from?

Stockists of BSCA branded items are:

  • Whittakers Schoolwear on Deansgate in Bolton town centre.
  • Smart Schoolwear at Bolton Market Complex in Bolton town centre.

To see what our uniform looks like, click here for our Uniform page.


Can I get support with the cost of uniform?

Bolton Council provide this support and are available for anyone who receives qualifying benefits and are in Year 7 and Year 9.

Please note;

  • if you already receive housing benefit or council tax support, your help towards school uniform will be given automatically and you don't need to apply.
  • if you have already applied for free school meals, we will look at the help with school uniform at the same time and you don't need to apply separately.
  • if you don't receive housing benefit or council tax support, you need to apply for help with school uniform.

Click here to go to Bolton Council's website to apply online.


What bus would my child get to school?

For students who will catch a bus you can use - 911, 561 or 562 from Tonge Moor and 507 from Harwood.

Click here to view the 2020/2021 bus timetable


Can students cycle to school?

Yes, for students who choose to cycle, we have plenty of bike storage, but please provide your own lock.


Where do they enter and leave school?

We have different entrances for students in different phases of the school:

  • Nursery and Primary (start and end of the day only) - Greenroyd Avenue, BL2 5DP.
  • Secondary (start and end of the day) - Newby Road, BL2 5JH.


What are school hours?

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 8.30am to 3.00pm
  • Wednesday - 8.30am - 2.25pm


Why do you finish earlier on a Wednesday?

We are committed and strive to provide every child with a positive learning experience that is relevant, enjoyable, challenging and will equip them with the tools they need to be a first class 21st Century learner.

Therefore, every Wednesday students finish 35 minutes earlier than normal to allow teachers to have School Improvement Time and gives teachers the opportunity to

  • to improve learning and teaching opportunities at BSCA for ALL children
  • to improve our children's life chances
  • to further develop practice in the classroom to move from Requires Improvement to Good (and beyond) for the benefit of pupils and staff
  • to further increase the expertise of teachers in school priority areas, especially with regards to significant changes in examination and assessment

Research shows that where there is a good CPD programme for staff:

  • Standards rise across school for children's outcomes
  • There are improvements in learning and teaching
  • Differentiation and challenge is more evident and effective
  • There is continuous challenge and rigour.