Bolton School Boys' Division

Greater Manchester
Boys (7 - 18)
Bolton School Boys' Division

Bolton School has a long and distinguished history of providing an outstanding all round education.

We have high aspirations for all our boys and provide an environment in which they can achieve them. An education at Bolton School will enable your son to identify and cultivate his own special interests and talents, develop a sense of intellectual curiosity and achieve excellent academic results.

Ours is a vibrant community where your son will be happy and make life-long friends. He will become a confident, eloquent and considerate young man, who will be well prepared to make his way in the world and make a difference for good.

Key Facts

  • Total Pupils: 1154 (227 in Sixth Form)
  • Day Fees: £3322 to £4154/term

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Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees

Bolton School is a fee paying school, but financial support may be available through the 'Open Door' Bursary Scheme. The School has worked hard to raise funds for the scheme in order to enable talented youngsters whose parents may find it difficult to pay fees to attend the School; currently more than one in five of the pupils receive some form of fee assistance.

All bursaries are awarded on academic merit. They are means-tested and available to a proportion of the entry at Years 7 and 12; some funding may also be available to applicants to other year groups. Financial support may also be found for current students whose parents suffer subsequent hardship. In addition, the Headmaster's Fund, supported by the Parents' Association, is used for existing pupils to ensure that such children can take part in school visits and extra-curricular activities.

Enquiries about financial support can be addressed at any time to the Bursary Officer, Miss Charlotte Nightingale, or to Miss Angelan Fenton (, the Admissions Registrar. Both can be contacted via the telephone number 01204 840201.

Since September 2015, a number of Scholarships have been available to pupils entering the Boys’ Division in Year 7. These Scholarships are not means-tested and are awarded to those pupils who, we believe, will make a strong contribution to the academic and wider life of the School. The Scholarships will be offered at the discretion of the Headmaster following the Bolton School Entrance Examination and Interview. 

Further information and application forms to sit our Entrance Examination are available from Angela Fenton ( on 01204 840201 or by visiting the web page: 


Fees Information

Please note that lunch fees are included in the prices above.

A term's fees may be paid in a lump sum payment before the first day of term or, subject to a separate contractual agreement for that term, in four monthly instalments. Fees should be paid by direct debit. If you suffer a downturn in your financial circumstances while your child is at school, please contact the Clerk and Treasurer at the earliest opportunity, who will be sympathetic and may be able to help.

Every child stays for lunch, which is compulsory and is included as part of the school fees as outlined above. Meals are prepared on the premises and we provide varied menus to accommodate all tastes and diets. You are welcome to discuss any special dietary requirements with the Director of Catering.

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Admissions Process

Our admissions process is overseen and managed by the Deputy Head (Admissions & Achievement), Dr Fraser Mullins and the Admissions Registrar, Miss Angela Fenton. They can be contacted at School at any point should you wish to discuss any element of entry to the Boys' Senior School (telephone: 01204 840201).

All applicants to the Boys' Division must complete an application form. The application form is enclosed with the prospectus or it can be ordered by contacting the Admissions Registrar on 01204 840201 (e-mail: The application form will provide us with various pieces of information, including your contact numbers and information about the applicant's current school. For older students, we shall also need to know which subjects he wishes to study.

All applicants to Year 7 sit our Entrance Examination in the January before they wish to join the School. 

There are four components to the annual Year 7 Entrance Examination. These are set for us each year by GL Assessment, comprising:

A small group task set by Bolton School (50 minutes)
Non-verbal reasoning assessment (20 minutes)
Mathematics assessment (50 minutes)
English assessment (45 minutes)
Each of these four tests is designed to test a child's 'innate' ability. If you wish to gain an insight about types of questions posed in these papers, you may obtain practice papers from any good bookshop (look for GL Assessment 11+ practice papers) or via the GL Assessment website. However, there is no need to practise these past paper questions.

A reference will also be requested from the applicant's current school, as a report from a Headteacher forms an important element of our decision making process. For this reason, parents who wish to make an application should first discuss this with their son's current Headteacher.

Between 125 and 150 places are available for Year 7 each year. All applicants are called for interview following the Entrance Examination, with these interviews taking place early in February. The interviews are used, along with the Headteachers' reports and the Entrance Examination performance, as a means of assessing the applicants. Subsequent to the interviews, and in agreement with the Manchester Consortium of Schools, offers of places are then posted at the beginning of March.

Applications for other year groups are considered at any time; however, the number of places available will vary according to student migration at the time. Applicants for entry into these year groups will be asked to sit a computer based test which is designed to help measure an individual's ability and their aptitude for learning. Similar to the Entrance Examination, the test comprises of Vocabulary, Maths, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Skills sections. We aim to make a decision within a few days of the applicant sitting a test. The admissions process will normally involve two interviews, most usually with the Deputy Head (Admissions and Achievement), Dr F H Mullins or the Admissions Tutor, Mr M Prentki, along with one of the language departments' Heads. Once again, a reference from the current Headteacher will be sought and we will also ask the applicant to provide us with their most recent school report.

Finding out more

Chorley New Road, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 4PA
01204 840201
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