News Archive

Singin' In The Rain

The Performing Arts Faculty at Smithills School have been working extremely hard with the pupils in putting together 3 exciting nights of performances of the hit musical, 'Singing' In The Rain'.

The play ran from Monday 18th November right through until Wednesday 20th November.


Based on the 1952 movie of the same name, Singin’ In The Rain JR. takes place in Hollywood during the last days of the silent movie era.  The story follows Don Lockwood, one half of the blockbuster celebrity silent movie star “couple” Lockwood and Lamont, and the extreme measures taken when his co-star’s high-pitched and nasal voice threatens the duo’s successful transition into talking pictures.

Singin’ In The Rain JR. is adapted from the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film - named the #1 best movie musical of all time by the American Film Institute - by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. The show features a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed.  

“Through their production these students are learning about the golden age of musicals, a very important period in America’s cultural history.  And while they are performing songs and a story that we know and love, they are also exploring some significant ideas including the different sides of celebrity, the importance of adapting to change, the various ways society categorizes success and the realities behind pursuing one’s dreams,” says Cohen. 


In silent movies and in the tabloids, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are the perfect couple, but behind the scenes Lockwood has no feeling for his vapid co-star.  Meanwhile, Lamont's squeaky voice might be the end of the duo’s career in "talking pictures" without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.


Mr Milthorpe (Head of Performing Arts at Smithills) said, "This is one of my favourite films of all time and to be given the opportunity to performing this with the pupils at Smithills is a dream come true".


Jaime Ball (Year 11 Pupil) who plays one of the leading ladies in the play stated, "This is my final show performing at Smithills School and I’m sad that it's coming to an end. I've had 5 fun years performing with these amazing staff and pupils, who I am honoured to call family."


Kieran Dwyer (Year 11 Pupil) who plays one of the leading males said, "Thank you to all the performing arts teachers at Smithills. Performing on stage has given me a sense of belief in my own ability that I can act in front of large audiences, with confidence and pride."

Click HERE to read our exclusive story in the Bolton News.

Remembrance 2019

On Monday 11th November Smithills School remembered all that sacrificed in the wars and thanked them for the better life they gave us. Staff and pupils across the school all stood in silence for a 2 minute remembrance.


Our Principal, Mr Sidebottom said, "This is a Smithills tradition, where we lower our flag outside the front of the school and remember the fallen".  


Our Head boy and girl read out a small section of the poem, 'Flanders Field'. Claire (Head girl) expressed a sense of pride at this saying, "It's a real honour that i've seen over the years at Smithills, the Head boy and girl of that year read out a short section of the poem and this year it was me, to which i am truly grateful". 


At the start and end of the poem our Assistant Vice Principal, Mr Pavey played 'The Last Post'.

Breast Cancer Now Cake Sale

Our lovely pupils and staff stepped up to support our Breast Cancer Now Cake Sale that we held in the Library.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to keep making discoveries, Breast Cancer Now needs to invest at least £300 million in research over the next 10 years. By taking part, we’re on our way to helping make a huge difference. We had some amazing and scrumptious cake donations that went on sale, and we have raised a fantastic £91.81


We certainly had our cake and ate it!

Thanks to all involved.

Smithills Got Talent

Smithills School held our annual 'Smithills Got Talent' contest during the week of 14th October 2019. Tickets were on sale at £1 each to all pupils, to come along and support each other by ultimately deciding who has the best talent for a particular field.  

First up were the semi-finals, which were decided during lunchtime on the 15th and 16th October. Performances varied from a singing duet to a keyboard solo.

On the 17th October, up stepped our finalist to decided who was the overall winner of the 2019 'Smithills Got Talent' contest. 

Mrs Elliott, who arranged the event said, "It was a really tough contest this year, as so many acts were outstanding ... The judges had their work cut out for them picking the act to go through".


As Mrs Elliot rightly pointed out, all the acts this year have been absolutely outstanding and it was so difficult picking the top 5. But after a difficult decision by our judges the top 5 acts were;

1) Salman - Keyboard Solo
2) Ellie and Taylor - Signing 'Wings' by Little Mix
3) Mya - Dancing to 'Hostage' by Billy Eilish
4) Barach - Singing 'Unbreakable' by Faydee
5) Lukas and Keiran - Singing 'River' by Ed Sheeran and Eminem


We would like to say well done to everyone who competed this year and we look forward to seeing all in the acts in next years contest.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

We are excited to announce that we are restarting the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme at Smithills School. The aim of the programme is to provide our pupils with lifelong skills in leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication. To provide our pupils with both an intrinsic and extrinsic sense of achievement and an opportunity to help develop relationships within the community as part of our school ethos. Over the next 8 months our pupils will work towards their Bronze award which will then allow them to achieve their Silver and Gold awards at Smithills, college, university and other forms of further education or employment. In recent workplace surveys, companies in the Sunday Times 100 have stated that the Duke of Edinburgh Award places high upon their list of qualities and achievements they look for in young employees.

The programme is offered for 14-24 year olds (Year 9 onwards).


If you have any questions about the Duke of Edinburgh programme or you would like your child to be part of the programme it is not too late to join. Please contact Mr Hill ( who will gladly explain the process of DofE.

Open Evening | 25th September 2019

Smithills School opened its doors on the 25th September for our annual Open Evening event.


The night was an overwhelming success from start to finish. Teachers welcomed all prospective parents through the doors at 4:30pm, as student tour guides accompanied them around the school. One year 6 student was blown away with the facilities at Smithills stating,


"This is amazing, I love swimming and never thought I would belong to a school with its own swimming pool".


A parent visiting from the local area said, "I have visited a number of schools in the area and thought we had decided upon what school we were sending our daughter to but tonight has put all that into doubt ... the warm and welcoming atmosphere we felt when we were greeted into the school and how polite and knowledgeable the pupil tour guides were, has defiantly put Smithills as the favourite school to send our daughter to".


Our Principal, Mr Sidebottom, welcomed parents into Smithills Main Hall and answered any questions parents had. Our new Year 7 video diary for this academic year was released, in which we gave a camera to a new Year 7 pupil and got him to document his first week at the school (see video below).


Mr Sidebottom also assured parents that we want 'SUCCESS FOR ALL' that belong to our Smithills family.


If you missed our successful Open Evening, below are three promotional films that were played on the night.  

New Head Boy/Girl 2019

After a formal application process and standing for whole school election, we are proud to introduce this year’s Head Girl and Head Boy, Claire and Sahil. Together with the Deputy Leadership team and The Voice, our Student Council, they will steer the student body on active citizenship and act as a formal voice for the pupils to the senior leadership and SMSC co-ordinator Mrs Goldie. 


If you have an issue, query or suggestion formal meetings take place on a Wednesday but Claire and Sahil will be happy to sit down and listen with you.  Just let them know and book a time.

Results Day 2019

Today Smithills celebrated Year 10 and 11 examination results. We are extremely proud of all our pupils who have put in so much time and effort in getting some truly outstanding results. Nicole Davies (Head Girl) Said, "I did really well, I came out with all passes and would like to wish everyone in Year 10 and 11 the best of luck."


Will Griffiths smashed all expectations in his exams by getting, six 9's, two 8's and two 7's. He said, "I am really happy with my results, good luck to everyone else getting their results today, I’m going to Cannon Slade Sixth Form to do Chemistry, Biology and Math’s. I would also like to thank all my teachers at Smithills, I’ve had an amazing five years here and I couldn’t have got these results without you.”

Mr Sidebottom added further praise to Year 10 and 11 pupils, "We are very pleased with all our results today ... Really solid progress built on really good foundations. The school is always moving onwards and upwards ...Good Luck to all our Year 11's, who are leaving us this year. You have been a credit to our school, the results, you have deserved them because you have worked hard." 

Rhys Williams

TENS of thousands of people have responded to the story of a schoolboy in agonising pain with a rare skin condition after his desperate mother appealed for help to make her son see life is worth living.


People from around the world have rushed to help Rhys Williams — a boy who battles with the pain of skin condition epidermolysis bullosa, leaving him covered in blisters and the skin on his hands and legs fused together.


After struggling over the last few months, Rhys sent a tragic text to his mum, Tanya, saying he wishes “a butterfly would come and take him away”.

Form 8E heard about this story and decided they wanted to be one of the 18,000 cards that Rhys received. They spent time every morning during form and each pupil wrote Rhys a kind message. This message was joined together with the others to make a massive birthday card. Mrs Aslam dropped off this card to Rhys and he was very grateful and said thank you. His mother said he will be very excited to read all the individual messages. Form 8E came together as a community and Mrs Aslam is very proud of this kind act.

Paris Trip | 9th-12th September 2019

Shortly before midnight on Sunday 8th September, 37 very excited pupils made their way to Dover in order to catch the ferry across to Paris.  For most it was their first time crossing the Channel and for some it was their first time abroad.


After a long, karaoke filled journey we arrived at our home for 3 nights and the pupils wasted no time settling in and familiarising themselves with the lovely facilities, setting (and WiFi!)


Shopping in the Disney Village was the first item on our itinerary and pupils made the most of the opportunity to buy Mickey/Minnie Mouse ears.  The evening was filled with swimming and making the most of the onsite water slides; Mr Fagan even joined in with the fun!


A good night's sleep mean that we were all full of energy for our tour of Paris.  We scaled the steps to the Sacre Coeur and the views were definitely worth it.


In order to get some super selfies with the Eiffel Tower we headed across the city to the Montparnasse building (thankfully there was a super quick lift!) and some relaxation time was enjoyed with the whole of Paris in sight.


A lovely cruise along the Seine topped our day off nicely, we were able to get up close the iconic Eiffel Tower and have the beautiful buildings pointed out to us as we motored down the river.  Lots of familiar buildings, which had previously just been pictures for most, came to life for the students.


Disneyland: the day we had all been waiting for! Autographs from characters, pictures with the world famous castle and of course lots of screaming on the rides were the order of the day.  A wonderful time had by all; described as 'magical' by one of our year 8 pupils. Planet Hollywood hosted us for dinner and birthday celebrations for two of our pupils, definitely a birthday to remember!


Heading home was a sad occasion, although some stunning vocal performances from Mrs Pacer and Mrs Moult helped to lift the mood...many thanks to our wonderful year 10 DJ Jasmine who had music for every occasion!


Students were commended for their excellent behaviour at the hotel and as were out and about in public.  The coach driver also thought that they were a fantastic group of students .  Well done everybody; you did Smithills proud!  The success of this trip and the interest since we returned means that we are hoping to run it again during the next academic year so watch this space!


A final thanks to the staff who helped to make the trip a success (and fun): Mrs Moult, Mr Fagan, Mrs Fry and Mrs Moss.

- Mrs Pacer

Music Concert

We held our annual 'Summer Music Concert' at Smithills School on Wednesday 3rd July.

Some of the performances included, a brass band special Star Wars tribute, our fabulous choir sang their version of Jess Glynne's, 'Thursday' and our guitarists performed the mega musical hit, 'Zombie', just to name a few.


Mrs Elliott, who organised the evening said, "I would just like to thank everyone who spent tireless hours practicing their numbers for tonights show, as you can see it paid off. And to everyone who turned out tonight, thank you for supporting us."


Everybody who performed were amazing and we all hope you all left having enjoyed the evening at Smithills and we see you back for our next performing arts production of 'Singing in the rain' in November.

Rugby Workshop


We welcomed Aaron Howarth from England Rugby’s RFU who delivered a Rugby workshop to a group of students on Thursday 27th June.

The lads had a great time and look forward to next week’s workshop.

Thanks Aaron.


Politics Project


Following their work with the Politics Project, some of our year 9 pupils have taken part in an interview about their views on the economy and their futures. 


Look out for them in the 8 page pull out in July in the Manchester Evening News.

Empathy Day

The focus in the Library has been #ReadForEmpathy and pupils received a random act of kindness, and a task involving writing about taking a walk in someone else shoes, and an empathy resolution card to complete for our empathy wall. We hope that our pupils will grow to realise that for everyone else out there is a me, as well, and that the power of reading allows us to see and understand others.

Best of Bolton

We are delighted to inform you that Smithills will be participating in a small exhibition at Bolton University as part of the 'Best of Bolton Show', where 12 schools from Bolton are exhibiting work.

Judging is due to take place on Monday 24th June and the winners will be announced on Tuesday 25th June.


The exhibition will be up from the 26th - 28th June and can be viewed between 10am and 3pm.

Thompson Winner

A huge thank you to Megan from Thompsons UK who returned to school on Tuesday 21st May to present a £50 voucher to our winner, who had identified over 100 of their ‘Tipper truck’ customers following on from the work done with students as part of their Year 7 Conference. They have also offered to kindly donate £50 to a charity chosen by the students, Children In Need. 


#Amazing   #ThompsonsUK

Act of Kindness

Smithills school would like to further recognise two of it's pupils for an act of kindness in the community. A purse was found down Halliwell Road on Monday 20th May. Pupils, Obang and Yahya (Year 8) found the purse on their way to school and handed it in to the Key Stage 4 office at Smithills. A social media post was created on Smithills school's Facebook and Twitter channels calling for the lady whose purse it was to contact the school immediately. At 12:20pm Hannah Stanthorpe (who matched the details on the cards inside the purse) came forward and contact the school saying,


"Wow - thank you so much!!! My neighbour has just contacted me to say they have it now. Please pass on my thanks to the lovely students." 


Well done again to Obang and Yahya who acted so swiftly to return the purse to its owner.


#ThePowerofSocialMedia    #ActofKindness

Rounders Results

Girls from KS3 and KS4 competed against 3 other schools in a rounders tournament on Wednesday 15th May in the sunshine at Smithills. We welcomed Harper Green, Little Lever and Ladybridge. The results were ...


Smithills (41) versus Ladybridge (26) 
Player of the match: Joy Uche

Smithills (56) versus Little Lever (70) 
Player of the match: Danah Al-Saleh

Smithills (46) versus Harper Green (61) 
Player of the match: Sophie Dawson


Smithills (45) versus Little Lever (57) 
Player of the match: Abbie Holmes

Smithills (34) versus Ladybridge (64) 
Player of the match: Kelsey Bushell

Smithills (47) versus Harper Green (38) 
Player of the match: Leah Kirkman


Well done to all the Smithills girls there were some fabulous performances!