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We were shown a beautiful stained glass window, designed by some of the girls, which has pride of place and of which they are justifiably proud. Pupils are introduced early on to the 16 habits of mind. These habits, such as finding humour, striving for accuracy and thinking flexibly, are designed to enable the girls think intelligently in all aspects of their lives. The habits are depicted by a gorgeously painted, bright and colourful mural along the main corridor and then constantly reinforced by teachers in lessons, assemblies and classroom displays. 'These habits of mind are terrific,' said one dad...

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What the school says...

The Junior School delivers an education which combines the best of tradition and innovation. There is a friendly and supportive atmosphere within school and this underpins much of the pupils' successes in the fields of academic study, sport and music. Girls are offered a wide range of opportunities and outstanding facilities in which they can realise their full potential.

Underlying everything that the school does is a set of simple but far-reaching values: an understanding and respect for others, a sense of responsibility, the importance of self-belief and a realisation that we all depend on each other.
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Since January 2016, Carol Laverick BSc PGCE, previously headteacher of Westholme Junior School. Local girl (educated Turton High School, followed by maths degree at Edinburgh). First teaching job was as class teacher at St Nicholas’ School, Fleet, Hampshire before moving to Bolton School (Girls’ Division) initially in similar role and, in final two years, as second mistress of the Junior School, before moving to Westholme in 1999.


Two-form entry with a maximum of 25 in a class. Most children come from Beech House, Bolton Schools infant department, and entry is automatic. External candidates take formal tests in English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning in the January of the year of entry.

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Special Education Needs

The School has some experience of catering for pupils with a range of disabilities, medical conditions and other special needs. For each pupil meeting the academic criteria for admission, the School will make reasonable adjustments so that any pupil with a disability is not put at a substantial disadvantage compared with any pupil who has no such disability. The School will also do all that is reasonable to detect and deal appropriately with a learning difficulty which amounts to a "special educational need", although our staff are not qualified to make a medical diagnosis of conditions such as those commonly referred to as dyslexia, or of other learning difficulties. Remedial teaching provided by the school may be charged as extra.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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