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  • Bolton Music Service

    Published 20/05/20

    Bolton Music Service is now open for applications from all children to learn a musical instrument/singing in September. If you have not tried a musical instrument before this is your chance to have a weekly lesson in school with a specialist teacher. You can register here:



    Learning a musical instrument/singing is great fun, and helps you develop a huge number of other skills too. You make new friends, get the chance to take part in concerts and events, and may even consider using music in some way as part of your future career.


    You can register online straight away or, to find our more contact 01204 333533 or

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  • University and College Virtual Open Days

    Published 18/05/20

    As an alternative to the on-campus open day events, many universities are running a virtual open day or open week with popular open day talks and subject information sessions.

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  • Thornleigh Celebrates VE Day!

    Published 12/05/20

    Despite the challenges we face as a community, we came together last week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

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  • Letter to Parents 07-05-20

    Published 07/05/20

    Dear Parent/Carer

    As you will be aware we have been preparing all week for the VE day celebrations for this bank holiday weekend and there has been some fantastic work done across all departments. Whilst this is a challenging and uncertain time for everyone it is right that we don’t lose sight of this important time in our nation’s history. I am delighted to share with you the video that our staff and students have put together to mark VE day but also to remind all our students how much we are missing them and how much we are looking forward to returning to school. You can watch the video here 




    There has been much speculation in the press about a return to school but as yet there are no clear guidelines for schools. I wanted to take the opportunity to assure you that we are working hard to plan for this re-opening but, as I hope you will appreciate, this is complex and will depend upon the guidelines that the government issue over the coming days and weeks. Our priority will, of course, be the health and safety of our whole community and I will communicate with you once we have a better idea of how we are going to implement our plan. 
    I would like to reiterate the message that I have given in my previous letters about students working at home. We are delighted about how much fantastic work is coming in and staff are sharing some brilliant examples on our Twitter page, however working at home is not the same as being in school so please manage the expectations of your child. It is important that they are in a routine, and are completing some work every day that is being set for them but it is equally important that they are being creative, reading, helping out in the house and have some time to relax. When students return to school we will have a clear strategy in place to ensure that all students are able to fulfil their potential.  

    Please keep in your thoughts and prayers those members of our school community who are being directly affected by the Covid19 outbreak, I am conscious that many of our families and staff are dealing with really difficult and challenging circumstances at this time. As always please contact us if there is any support that you need. 

    I hope that you are staying safe and well, and I look forward to seeing you all soon. 

    Yours faithfully 
    A O’Callaghan Headteacher 

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  • VE Day - Students Design Work

    Published 07/05/20

    All week, Mr Cox's students at Thornleigh Salesian College have been creating pieces of artwork at home for VE Day!

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  • UCAS Q&A for parents

    Published 29/04/20

    On Thursday 30th April at 4pm there is a UCAS Q&A for parents, guardians and carers being hosted live on facebook. There will be experts on hand to answer any questions you might have about your child’s qualifications, application or future studies.

    Visit for details.

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  • Home Learning Support Booklet

    Published 27/04/20

    Students have been completing work that is being set for them on Show My Homework by their teachers, or in the booklets that they took home for three weeks now and we are continually looking for ways that we can make this whole process better for everyone. We have produced a ‘Home Learning’ booklet that some of you may find useful for organising work. We are conscious that for many families with limited IT facilities and parents working at home that ‘home-school’ is definitely a challenge! I would encourage you, as I have previously, to manage your expectations of your child. Working on their own at home is very different to working with support in school. Teachers will continue to set work and we have asked that all work for the week to be set on Show My Homework ready for Monday morning.  Hopefully, this will help everyone to plan the week ahead. Please do not feel the pressure for them to complete every single piece, every single week if that is proving difficult. Please encourage your child to do their best - at this time that is good enough. We have asked teachers to include, where appropriate, some video content of them introducing the work which we hope your child will find helpful and motivating. Some students are already very engaged with their learning and we are not suggesting that everyone must only follow the suggested timetable – it is only if that is helpful for you. Everyone is finding their own way through this new way of working. We do know though that it is essential that every child is doing some work every day, as getting into, and keeping a routine is very important for all of us.  If working online is not possible for your child then please do let their year tutor know and we will arrange for some work to be sent out in the post for you. We know how hard this is for everyone and we assure you that no one is going to be ‘behind’ when we do eventually get back to into our normal school routines.

    We have also included in the booklet some useful websites to help you. Two of these especially, Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize, have got excellent resources and taught lessons that thousands of children across the country are now accessing. Your child’s teachers may also direct them to some of these sites. If your child is in Year 10 we will also be contacting them about a new platform that we have invested in called ‘GCSE Pod’ to tell them how they can access these brilliant resources.

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  • GCSE Pod - Education on Demand

    Published 24/04/20

    A new resource for all students coming next week.

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  • Exam Board Information KS4 & KS5

    Published 21/04/20

    Details of all exam boards for all qualifications can now be found in the exams section of the Curriculum tab on the main menu, under Exam Board Information.

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  • Celebrating Holy Week and the Easter Triduum at Home

    Published 08/04/20

    Holy Week and the Easter Triduum are the central liturgies of the Christian faith. During these holy days, we commemorate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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  • Free A-Level Head Start Resources

    Published 01/04/20

    Students looking to study A-Level Maths or Science can now download the following CGP Head Start books for free via Amazon.

    The free Kindle edition of each Head Start book can be read via the Kindle App on Android or Apple iOS.

    New Head Start to A-Level Maths (CGP A-Level Maths 2017-2018)

    New Head Start to A-Level Maths (CGP A-Level Maths 2017-2018) by [CGP Books]

    New Head Start to A-level Biology (CGP A-Level Biology)

    New Head Start to A-level Biology (CGP A-Level Biology) by [CGP Books]

    New Head Start to A-level Chemistry (CGP A-Level Chemistry)

    New Head Start to A-level Chemistry (CGP A-Level Chemistry) by [CGP Books]

    New Head Start to A-level Physics (CGP A-Level Physics)

    New Head Start to A-level Physics (CGP A-Level Physics) by [CGP Books]


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