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Bolton School

Bolton School

Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4PA, Greater Manchester

01204 840201



Bolton School
School type Co-educational Day Preparatory & Senior, Nursery & Sixth Form
Founded ante 1516
Head of Foundation Philip Britton
Number of boys 1,159
Number of girls 1,134
Day fees per annum £10,380 (Infant & Jnr Schools) - £12,972 (Senior Schools & Sixth Forms)
Associations HMC, GSA, ISC

Bolton School: Where Children Enjoy the Very Best Start in Life

Every year up to 75 girls and boys set out on their school and, ultimately, career journey when they join the Reception Class at Bolton School Infants’ School. A significant proportion will have progressed up from Bolton School’s adjacent Nursery or Nursery Class for 3 and 4 year olds but many are new to the School. Whatever path lies ahead for them, their parents know that they are giving them the very best start in life as they enjoy the fun, creativity and learning that takes place in this Infant School where the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is consistently ranked as “outstanding” by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI).

After three years at this exceptional co-educational Infant School, pupils move up to either the Girls’ or Boys’ Division of the Bolton School Foundation, which include Junior and Senior Schools with Sixth Forms. Like the EYFS findings, the latest ISI reports awarded both Divisions with the top mark of “excellent” in all categories.

As an academically selective independent day school, there is a clear focus on stretching and challenging every pupil. Students reach their full potential through a wide range of extra-curricular activities, regular visits to the School’s outdoor pursuits centre, volunteering and foreign travel. The curriculum is delivered by a highly qualified, experienced and dedicated teaching staff, who create an industrious and supportive environment where pupils are motivated to learn. Annual GCSE and A level results place the School amongst the best independent schools in the North and often within the top 100 nationally. The vast majority of students go on to their first choice university and there is a regular flow of sixth formers to highly competitive courses.

With over 10,000 active members, the School’s Alumni network is thriving with former pupils meeting regularly and returning to the campus to inspire current students. Famous alumni include Sir Ian McKellen, Ralf Little, Dame Janet Smith, Sir Philip Craven, Carol Klein, Anjali Pathak, Nigel Short, Mark Radcliffe, Monica Ali, Sir Harry Kroto (dec’d) and Haseeb Hameed.

Bolton School regularly wins awards for its educational offer. In 2019 it was the TES’ Independent School of the Year and the Independent School Parent Magazine’s School of the Year. The School recently became the first school to achieve the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for volunteering) and in recent years achieved the TES’ Community Initiative Award, the MEN’s Active Community Award and won the Fundraiser of the Year Award, a campaign which helps some pupils pay less or no school fees.

“There is no doubt this is a very special school with fantastic facilities and fantastic teachers who make all the difference. It's just a shame that every school in the country cannot be like Bolton School.”

Sir Harry Kroto – Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry and Old Boy.