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One lad says he’d like more freedom but he’s shouted down: ‘I think most of the rules are really sensible.’ ‘And remember that we make a lot of the rules ourselves through the school council.’ The orderly library buzzes in squeaky hubbub. (The one thing these boys still need to learn is not to talk over each other.) A pause. ‘Yeah, I suppose. Yeah, actually there’s nothing I’d change.’ The mums we met couldn’t think of anything either…

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What the school says...

This is a warm and friendly school that allows individuals to flourish in a challenging and purposeful learning environment. We offer a first class education for boys, focussed on developing skills and talents across a wide spectrum of academic and extra-curricular activities.

Boys have access to a highly motivated, dedicated and professional staff team, who ensure the needs of each boy are met, and seek to develop boys as caring and considerate individuals able to move forward into senior school with confidence. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Fergus Morris, who joined Bolton School as deputy head in 2015 after teaching in both the state and independent sectors throughout the North West for the previous 15 years. Gained a politics degree from Newcastle University before completing a PGCE in secondary history at Leeds shortly afterwards.


If your child is already at Bolton Infants’ School (known as Beech House), they’ll automatically be offered a place here (since they’ll have already gone through academic selection). But any child hoping to transfer to the juniors (known as Park Road) from another primary school in year 3 will have to sit the entrance assessment in the January of the year they’d be joining. They’ll be tested in English, maths and verbal reasoning. You can request past papers from the school office.

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