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Whilst every care has been taken in the compilation of information Bolton Council cannot guarantee its accuracy and will not be liable for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of using these pages. The information and material provided by this website has been done so with the consent of the appropriate governing board, trust board or organisation.

These pages also contain links to other sites which are not in any way endorsed by Bolton Council. Bolton Council will not be liable for any loss damage or inconvenience caused as a result of using these links.

In using the Bolton Council website, you will be deemed to accept these terms

Privacy Statement

(See also Bolton Governance Gateway – Privacy Policy)

We do not collect personal data about people who browse this website, unless you voluntarily submit your personal details to us via a form or email. If so:

  • We will keep your personal data securely.
  • We will keep your data for the minimum time necessary.
  • We will only share the data with other organisations if it is stated at the point of collecting the data or if required by law or in order to carry out local authority functions in line with the Data Protection Act.
  • We will indicate why we are collecting the data.
  •  We will process your personal data within the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 and other relevant legislation.
  • We will only use the data for the purpose for which it has been collected.
  • We will not use your data for marketing products or services to you without your consent
  • We will respect your rights under the Data Protection Act to access the data we hold about you.
  • We may also use cookies to make it easier to browse the site, please see our Cookie Policy.

Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions govern your use of the Bolton Governance Gateway. Please read through them carefully as they affect your rights and liabilities under the law. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not register for, purchase from, or use the website.

The websites are provided to you free of charge for your personal use subject to the terms and conditions. By using the websites of Bolton Council ('Bolton Council', 'we' or 'us') you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

These terms and conditions do not affect your statutory rights.


All rights reserved. No material may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including printing, photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of Bolton Council, relevant governing board, academy trust or organisation.


Material may be viewed or downloaded by the specified user only by means of access via a secure password. The material should only be used for the intended purpose of facilitating formal governing or trust board meetings of the relevant school or academy.

Confidentiality of all material should be maintained at all times. Failure to ensure the security of all material provided via the Bolton Governance Gateway, may result in suspension or removal from a relevant board or organisation.

Intellectual property / trademarks

The content of Bolton Council’s Bolton Governance Gateway website is protected by copyright, trademarks and other intellectual property rights. All these rights in the material contained in these websites belong to Bolton Council or the relevant governing or trust board.


Bolton Council’s websites are provided by Bolton Council without any warranties or guarantees. You must bear the risks associated with the use of the internet.

The Bolton Council’s Bolton Governance Gateway website may provide content from other Internet sites or resources and while the Council tries to ensure that material included on the website is correct, reputable and of high quality, it cannot accept responsibility if this is not the case.

Bolton Council will not be responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information or for any technical problems you may experience with our websites. If Bolton Council is informed of any inaccuracies in the material on our websites we will attempt to correct the inaccuracies as soon as we reasonably can.

In particular, we disclaim all liabilities in connection with the following:

  • Incompatibility of our websites with any of your equipment, software or telecommunications links.
  • Technical problems including errors or interruptions of the websites.
  • Unsuitability, unreliability or inaccuracy of the websites.
  • Inadequacy of the websites to meet your requirements.
  • To the full extent allowed by applicable law, you agree that we will not be liable to you/or any third party for any consequential or incidental damages (including but not limited to loss of revenue, loss of profits, loss of anticipated savings, wasted expenditure, loss of privacy and loss of data) or any other indirect, special or punitive damages whatsoever that arise out of or are related to Bolton Council’s Bolton Governance Gateway.

Nothing in these terms and conditions shall exclude Bolton Council for liability for personal injury or death caused by its negligence.

Your conduct

You must not use the website in any way that causes, or is likely to cause, the website or access to it to be interrupted, damaged or impaired in any way.

You understand that you, and not our websites, are responsible for all electronic communications and content sent from your computer to us and you must use the website for lawful purposes only.

You must not use the website for any of the following:

  • For fraudulent purposes, or in connection with a criminal offence or other unlawful activity.
  • To send, use or reuse any material that is illegal, offensive, abusive, indecent, defamatory, obscene or menacing; or in breach of copyright, trademark, confidence, privacy or any other right; or is otherwise injurious to third parties; or objectionable; or which consists of or contains software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings or any 'spam'.
  • To cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety

Links to other websites

Bolton Council’s websites contain many links to other sites. Bolton Council is not responsible for the privacy practices or for the validity or content of such websites. Please check with those sites to determine their privacy policy. Bolton Council does not share any of the individual personal information that you provide with the sites to which our site links and nor do we accept responsibility or otherwise endorse any information contained in the sites linked from within these pages.

Third party contributions

This site contains material provided by third party authors - any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Bolton Council.

Website security

Bolton Council has in place and maintains physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your information and our websites. We arrange for our network traffic to be monitored, to investigate or detect unauthorised users and attacks on the websites. We have taken precautions to minimise the risk of transmitting software viruses, but we strongly advise that you carry out your own virus checks on downloadable files available on the site. We cannot accept liability for any loss or damage caused by software viruses that may have been encountered during use of this site, or any related site.

When registering to the site you must be aware that the information you submit will be insecure and could be observed by a third party while in transit. Do not submit information you would like to keep private.

Applicable law

This agreement is deemed to be made in England and is subject to English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. Any disputes that arise will be decided only by the English courts.

International use

Bolton Council makes no promises that materials on its websites are appropriate or available for use in locations outside the United Kingdom, and accessing the websites from territories where its content are illegal or unlawful is prohibited. If you choose to access this site from locations outside the United Kingdom, you do so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

Matters beyond our control

Neither party is liable for any breach of this agreement that is caused by a matter beyond its reasonable control, including acts of God, fire, lightning, explosion, war, flood, industrial disputes, sabotage, extremely severe weather or act of local or central government or other competent authorities.

Changes to the privacy statement

We may change our privacy policy from time to time. If it does change in anyway, then we will replace this page with the new version. You may wish to review this page to ensure you are up to date with what personal information we collect and why.

Your account

If you use the Bolton Governance Gateway website, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer to prevent unauthorised access to your account. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password.

You should take all necessary steps to ensure that the password is kept confidential and secure and should inform us immediately if you have any reason to believe that your password has become known to anyone else, or if the password is being, or is likely to be, used in an unauthorised manner.

Please ensure that the details you provide us with are correct and complete and inform us immediately of any changes to the information that you provided when registering. You can access and update much of the information you provided us with in the login area of the website.

We reserve the right to refuse access to the website, terminate accounts, remove or edit content, or cancel orders at our discretion. If we cancel an order, it will be without charge to you.


You must not publish, post, distribute, disseminate, or otherwise transmit anything that: offends common standards of courtesy or decency; is reasonably likely to breach technology export restrictions or financial services laws or to be invasive of privacy; is defamatory, obscene, pornographic, blasphemous, seditious, objectionable; or is unlawful, offensive, or regarded as such for racial, ethnic, or sexual reasons.

Comments or feedback

We welcome your comments or feedback on our website. Please either use the ‘Contact Us’ page on the site or contact John Ashworth, Governance Services Manager on