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All sixth formers must do twenty hours of 'compulsory volunteering'. (Yes, really. Look no further if you’re an English student searching for an example of an oxymoron.) We’d describe the atmosphere as cheerfully disciplined rather than strict. Exclusions are rare but they do happen. As you’d expect, the range of sporting, creative, cultural and academic extracurricular activities is superb. At go-karting club the teacher in charge (well we presume he was a teacher but, clad in…

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What the school says...

Bolton School Boys' Division is a single-sex school but with opportunities for joint activities with the adjacent Bolton School Girls' Division. We offer academic excellence at one of the North's pre-eminent schools, outstanding facilities and resources set in 32 acres of grounds, strong extra-curricular and pastoral programmes, an emphasis on developing the whole person and an inclusive, caring and friendly environment.

Full fee bursaries from age 11+ and our coach service covering 22 routes, ensures pupils are drawn from a wide geographical area.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2008, Philip Britton, MBE MA MEd FInstP (40s). Was state-educated in the North East then read physics at Oxford, followed by a PGCE from Cambridge and a masters from Leeds. His academic pedigree really is first class: firsts, distinctions, top of the year awards – he’s got them all. Passionate both about physics and teaching, he was rather disgruntled that everyone thought he was doing a PGCE because he couldn’t think of anything else to do. Before Bolton he was head of physics at The Grammar School in Leeds from the age of 23 and latterly deputy head.

Mr Britton says Bolton is distinguished by the expertise of the subject teachers – boys are taught by real specialists – and his own expertise is second to none. He has...

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Special Education Needs

Bolton School tries to cater for the needs of all pupils who have mild special needs, although we are not SEN registered and do not cater for those who would be statemented for moderate or severe special needs in state schools. There is no formal withdrawal from lessons: all pupils follow the appropriate timetable for their age group. However, additional learning support is available at lunchtimes, with one-to-one tuition and/or counselling with the school's Learning Support Officer.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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