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Bolton School Boys' Division

Academic excellence at one of the North's pre-eminent schools; outstanding facilities set in 32 acres of grounds and an outdoor pursuits centre in the Lake District. Strong extra-curricular and pastoral programmes. From Nursery to Sixth Form, there is an emphasis on developing the whole person in a caring and friendly environment. Full fee bursaries are available from age 11+.

Chorley New Road
Greater Manchester

+44 (0)1204 840201

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ISC associations: HMC, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Non-denominational

Day/boarding type: Day

Gender profile: Boys only

Size: 1098

Bolton School Boys' Division fees:

Day fees per term:
£3,130 to £3,912

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
350 / 6014

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 7 to 18 (1098)

Sixth form: (204)

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Additional Information

SEND AT Bolton School Boys’ Division 

  • We support pupils with many different conditions, including ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, visual and hearing impairments, working memory and processing problems. 
  • Pupils receive support from the learning support team in study skills and many different areas dependent on their needs, such as literacy support, emotional and social development, handwriting and typing interventions.
  • The pupils’ teachers are aware of pupils’ needs via the Pupil Plan to personalise the boys’ learning experience.
  • Each pupil has a designated point of contact within the department who tracks their progress and reviews the Pupil Plan with the pupil in review meetings.
  • Boys who already have a diagnosis receive support on entrance exam days. 
  • We operate a screening test in Years 7 and 9 to identify a range of possible learning difficulties in the Senior School and ensure pupils’ needs are met. 

EAL at Bolton School Boys’ Division 

  • We have a number of pupils in school who have recently arrived from overseas and have English as an Additional Language.
  • Each pupil completes a language placement test prior to their arrival to enable us to provide necessary English language support to ensure the pupil has full access to the curriculum.
  • Pupils also attend a regular English discussion club run by the EAL Coordinator that is facilitated by Sixth Form native speaker pupils to develop EAL pupils’ command of English.

We have several bilingual pupils at Bolton School – their aptitude for languages is celebrated at our Culture Club – the student body are able to benefit from the vast array of cultures, faiths and languages within our community.

Financial assistance is available to those families with pupils entering Bolton School from ages 11 through to 18. Bursaries ensure that pupils are drawn from diverse backgrounds; many of our students are from families whose income is below the national average. Currently, one in five pupils receives a Bursary-assisted place. 

The awards are based on the child's performance on the Entrance Testing Day and the degree of assistance required. The latter is based on an annual declaration of income and assets. The Bursary will usually continue until the end of Year 11 and there is the possibility it will continue into the sixth form. 

There is bursary information on our website here.

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies