Carol Haslam was a pupil in the Girls’ Division from 1959-1966, and joined the Girls’ Division staff in 1987.
I joined the staff in the Girls’ Division in April 1987 – but little did I think that when I left the Upper Sixth in 1966, I would be returning to be a teacher! Initially I was appointed by Mrs Spurr to cover a Maternity Leave, but over twenty years later, I was still working with Mrs Smalley in the Food Technology Department!
One of the characteristics of being a teacher at Bolton School, is the ability to multi-task! Apart from a full time teaching post, I enjoyed being a Form Tutor – especially with the Sixth Form. For some fifteen years I was a member of the Careers Team, and so became involved in a business competition run by ‘Understanding Industry’. On two consecutive years our School team won the National Final – our First Prize was a trip to New York, and the following year it was to San Francisco. Like other Departments, we were always involved in running lunch time clubs.
In 1999 I was asked to be ‘the link’ between Bolton School and the Old Girls. To the present day, I am a member of the Development Team, helping with the work that we do, which has included the organisation of our increasingly wide range of events.
From an early age I wanted to be a teacher! I always enjoyed the interaction with my pupils, and my fondest memories are of the many girls that I taught. I felt privileged to see them grow and develop – not just academically, but as bright, able, responsible and caring girls. These qualities are still very evident and typical of so many of the pupils in the Girls’ Division.
Bolton School is not just about academic excellence. The breadth of choices, activities and experiences, along with continuing support and encouragement to be ‘the best you can be’, help to make Bolton School a very special school. As Old Girls we leave the School with values and ideals that we will always associate with the legacy and original ethos from Lord Leverhulme – to provide a first rate education for girls and boys no matter what their background or financial situation – and which is still relevant to the present day: the continuation of the Bursary Fund remains as important as ever. I know first hand how generous our Alumni are – and in so many ways. As Bolton School celebrates the centenary of the Foundation of William Hesketh Lever, I like many fellow Old Girls, will be looking forward to many of the associated events and especially the Grand Reunion in September 2015.