Bolton School (Girls’ Division)

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Bolton School Girls’ Division is a vibrant, dynamic community, offering a nurturing environment in which our bright, well-motivated girls blossom and thrive from Reception to Year 13. We take pleasure in developing the love of learning, creative independence and academic self-discipline which enables every girl to achieve excellence, whatever her strengths and interests.

Combining the best traditions with cutting-edge modernity, we are celebrating our 500th anniversary and have recently opened a stunning Sixth Form Centre as well as purpose-built Infant and Junior Girls’ Schools. Our use of technology is outstanding: each girl is lent her own iPad to enhance her studies.
With our proximity to the Boys’ Division, we offer “the best of both worlds”: pupils focus on their studies in single-sex classes but regularly collaborate in co-educational activities, including music, drama, outdoor pursuits and trips abroad. The shared Sixth Form Centre allows young men and women to relax together in the café or work collaboratively in the study centre, whilst being taught in small, single-sex groups.

Pupils join us from a wide geographical area, with 900 girls and boys travelling into School on one of our 20 coach routes across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. Girls come from a rich variety of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds; one in five of our senior school pupils receives bursarial assistance with fees.

Our ethos of ‘giving back what we receive’ ensures that girls are heavily involved with community projects. An excellent careers programme prepares them superbly for life after school.

We are large enough to offer a tremendous range of facilities and curricular or extra curricular opportunities to our girls so that each one can develop her own particular talents: girls enjoy our theatre, Sports Centre (with 25m swimming pool) and our 60-bed Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Patterdale Hall in the Lake District. Our pastoral and teaching groups are small, however, which means that every girl feels cherished among her peers.

We do hope that you will visit us and see all that we have to offer you!

Gifted & Talented

Girls who perform outstandingly well on Entrance Testing Day receive a personal invitation from the Headmistress to join The Dymond Society. These twelve Year 7 girls meet weekly and are led by the School’s Coordinator for Academic Enrichment. The group is occasionally joined by the Headmistress and Sixth Form students who lend assistance with the studies.

The society provides girls with opportunities for enrichment through stretch activities, which are not ordinarily covered in the daily curriculum. Each week a different girl may lead the group in discussing a wide range of topics, including a pupil’s favourite book or poem, a historical period, a favourite place or visit, a particular talent or hobby they have, or work experience they may have undertaken. Some girls may go on to offer a presentation in a School assembly.

The society, which will be rolled out across other year groups in the future, was named after one of the School’s earliest and most famous headmistresses, Miss Olivia Dymond. Miss Dymond was Headmistress from 1893-1919 and oversaw the merging of the Bolton High School for Girls with The Bolton Grammar School to become Bolton School in 1915. The society was also set up in the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.


Pupils with special needs and/or disabilities are admitted to our school according to the same criteria as other pupils. Admission depends upon a prospective pupil meeting the criteria to maintain and, if possible, to improve the educational and general standards for all its pupils commensurate with the ethos to which the school aspires.

The school must also feel reasonably sure that it will be able to educate and develop the prospective pupils to the best of his/her potential and in line with the general standards achieved by the pupil’s peers, so that there is every chance the pupils will have a complete, happy and successful school career and emerge a confident and well-educated adult.

These criteria must continue to be met throughout the pupil’s time in school. Pupils entering our school are assessed by academic ability according to a written entrance examination and an interview. The school asks parents to give written notice of any already identified special educational needs and/or disabilities in respect of a prospective pupil at the time of application.

All teachers have day-to-day responsibilities with regard to pupils with special needs, and the care of such pupils is seen as a whole school responsibility. The Learning Support Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of provision and is responsible to the Headmaster /Headmistress in the first instance.

Bursaries & Scholarships

Financial assistance is available to those families with pupils entering Bolton School from ages 11 through to 18.

Bursaries ensure that pupils are drawn from diverse backgrounds; many of our students are from families whose income is below the national average. Currently, one in five pupils receive Bursary-assisted places. This is made possible by our Open Door Bursary Fund, which aims to maintain the ethos of Lord Leverhulme who, when re-endowing the School in 1915, wanted to offer an education for all, regardless of financial circumstances.

The School offers fee assistance to those parents whose income is such that they would not otherwise be able to pay the full fees. The awards are based on the child’s performance on the Entrance Testing Day and the degree of assistance required. The latter is based on an annual declaration of income and assets. The Bursary will continue for every year in which your child remains at the School.

However, the amount to which you are entitled is re-assessed annually. Parents whose income is less than circa £20,000 may be offered full remission of fees. Those parents whose income exceeds circa £80,000 will not qualify for assistance.

If you wish to be considered for a Bursary please complete the Application Form which will be sent out with the invitation to sit the entrance examination. That form will require an estimate of your income for the year ending 5 April. After submission of the form, there will be a parental interview with the School’s Clerk & Treasurer for those who are being considered for bursary assistance.

Schlolarships are available to pupils entering the Girls’ Division in Year 7. These generous Scholarships are not means-tested and are awarded to those girls who, we believe, will make a strong contribution to the academic and wider life of the School.

The Scholarships are offered at the discretion of the Headmistress following the Bolton School Entrance Examination and Interview.

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