Thornleigh Salesian College

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Thornleigh Salesian College
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Sharples Park

Coordinates 53°36′05″N2°26′37″W / 53.601347°N 2.443703°W / 53.601347; -2.443703 Coordinates: 53°36′05″N2°26′37″W / 53.601347°N 2.443703°W / 53.601347; -2.443703
Type Voluntary aided secondary school
MottoSicut Cervus
(Latin incipit of Psalm 42, meaning "As the hart [longs for running water, So longs my soul for you, O God]")
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
FounderSalesian Brothers
Local authority Bolton
Department for Education URN 105264 Tables
Ofsted Reports
HeadmistressMrs O’Callaghan
Gender Coeducational
Age11to 18

Thornleigh Salesian College is a Roman Catholic secondary school in the Astley Bridge area of Bolton in Greater Manchester, England.

Catholic Church Largest Christian church, led by the Bishop of Rome

The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with approximately 1.3 billion baptised Catholics worldwide as of 2017. As the world's oldest and largest continuously functioning international institution, it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilisation. The church is headed by the Bishop of Rome, known as the pope. Its central administration is the Holy See.

Secondary school A building and/or organization where secondary education is provided

A secondary school is both an organization that provides secondary education and the building where this takes place. Some secondary schools can provide both lower secondary education and upper secondary education, but these can also be provided in separate schools, as in the American middle and high school system.

Astley Bridge area and ward in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England

Astley Bridge is predominantly a residential district of Bolton in Greater Manchester, England. It is 2.5 miles (4 km) north of Bolton town centre, 11.7 miles (19 km) south of Blackburn, and 14.3 miles (23 km) northwest of Manchester.



Thornleigh College was originally a boys school founded in 1925 by the Salesians of Don Bosco at the request of the Clergy of Bolton. The school uniform (blazer) was brown with the school badge picked out in yellow on the breast pocket.

Salesians of Don Bosco Catholic religious institute

The Salesians of Don Bosco is a Roman Catholic Latin Rite religious institute founded in the late nineteenth century by Italian priest Saint John Bosco to help poor children during the Industrial Revolution.

It became a direct grant grammar school catering for a wide area in Lancashire. In 1980, following the reorganisation of Catholic schools in Bolton to a comprehensive system, Thornleigh joined with St Anne's High School, to form a six form entry Voluntary Aided Mixed Comprehensive School with a Sixth Form Centre to serve the needs of all Catholic Sixth Form pupils. Catholic Secondary Schools in Bolton reorganised again in 1986, and Thornleigh combined with St Cuthbert's school, which had been founded in 1963, to form a new seven form entry Voluntary Aided Mixed Comprehensive School with a Sixth Form centre which continues to serve the whole of the borough. The school is under the Trusteeship of the Salesians of Don Bosco. The school now celebrates Don Bosco day on 31 January as was the tradition since the founding of the school.

Direct grant grammar school

A direct grant grammar school was a type of selective secondary school in England and Wales that existed between 1945 and 1976. One quarter of the places in these schools were directly funded by central government, while the remainder attracted fees, some paid by the Local Education Authority and some by private pupils. On average, the schools received just over half of their income from the state.

Lancashire County of England

Lancashire is a ceremonial county in North West England. The administrative centre is Preston. The county has a population of 1,449,300 and an area of 1,189 square miles (3,080 km2). People from Lancashire are known as Lancastrians.

For ten years from 1980 Thornleigh was a split site school. £4 million of investment in new buildings in the years 1986 to 1989 enabled the whole school to consolidate at Sharples Park from September 1990. A new building for the Sixth Form was opened in 1987 and an £800,000 extension was added to it in 1995. A five class room extension for 11-16 pupils plus a new two storey dining room, costing £1.1 million in total, were added during 2000. In 2005, Thornleigh received a Sports College and Investor in People status.

Sports Colleges are senior secondary schools which promote sports alongside secondary education.

On the same site is the Thornleigh Sixth Form. The head of the Sixth Form is Jonathan Owen. In total (2012), there are currently 1624 students at Thornleigh, with 375 studying at the Sixth Form.

Badge and motto

The Latin Motto "Sicut Cervus" is the incipit of Psalm 42, and can be loosely translated as 'As the Hart'. The motto is that of the Hargreaves family, and the head of a hart (a male deer) was the family crest. The crest is worn on the blazers of every student.

Incipit first few words of the opening line of a poem, song, or book, often used in lieu of a title

The incipit of a text is the first few words of the text, employed as an identifying label. In a musical composition, an incipit is an initial sequence of notes, having the same purpose. The word incipit comes from Latin and means "it begins". Its counterpart taken from the ending of the text is the explicit.

The Hargreaves were a wealthy Bolton family who owned the house at Sharples Park which was bought by the Salesians when Thornleigh was founded in 1925. The crest and motto were kept by the school and the school took its name from the house.

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