Bolton School Girls’ Division 波尔顿女校, Chorley New Road, Bolton,
Lancashire BL1 4PB
Tel: 01204 840201 Fax: 01204 434710
• GIRLS, 4–18, Day, Boys 4–7 only
• Pupils 1315, Upper sixth 118
• Termly fees £1874–£2498
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1877, the school moved to its present site in 1928. The Boys’ and
Girls’ Divisions are a single foundation, provided for by the first Viscount
Leverhulme on an excellent site of 32 acres on the western side of Bolton, a
mile from the centre. The handsome sandstone buildings are set among lawns,
playing fields and woodland. They are extremely well equipped with a fine
library and spacious hall and a fully refurbished traditional theatre. There is
also an arts and conference centre and an indoor sports complex, including a
swimming pool. The school has a notable reputation in the locality and further
afield. Examination results are consistently very good. Music and drama are
strong and involve a large number of pupils, who reach high levels of
achievement. A wide range of sports and games is available and the school has
many representatives at county, regional and national level. Numerous clubs and
activities cater for extra-curricular needs and the school has an outdoor
pursuits centre, Patterdale Hall, in Cumbria. Regular expeditions at home and
abroad are organised. Pupils also have a commitment to the school’s local
community service and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. There are many joint
activities eg music, drama, debating society, with the Boys’ Division.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18, 1315 day pupils (137 boys, 1178
girls). Senior department 11–18, 819 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 7, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, school tests appropriate to sixth-form subjects and 6 GCSEs at
least grade B (higher in sixth-form subjects). 60% of senior intake from state
schools (plus 15% intake to sixth form); 40% from own junior department.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Foundation grants, up to full fees
depending on parental income, most academic. Ogden Trust science bursaries at
16. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; lunch included in the fees.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss E J Panton, in post from 1994. Educated at a state
grammar school and Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School; at Oxford University
(history), the Courtauld Institute (Renaissance studies) and West Midland
College of Education (PGCE). Previously Headmistress at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’
School, Head of Sixth Form at Clifton High, Senior Mistress at Shrewsbury High
and taught at Moreton Hall. Also former member of Liverpool University Council,
of Sefton FHSA; Chairman GSA NW; Oxford hockey and tennis blues.
Teaching staff: 78 full time, 19 part time.
GCSE: 121 pupils in Year 11; 99% gained at least grade C in 8+ subjects.
Average GCSE score 69 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 115 in upper sixth; 47% passed in 4+ subjects; 52% in 3
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 400.
University & college entrance 98% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course, 6% to Oxbridge. 25% took courses in science & engineering,
21% in social sciences, 32% in arts, 11% in vocational subjects and 11% in
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 27 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 or 4 at
A-level; in addition, general studies optional at AS and A-level. 6% take
science A-levels; 53% arts/humanities, 41% both. Key skills not separately
assessed; all sixth-form courses incorporate one or more key skill.
Vocational: Work experience and workshadowing available.
Special provision: Lift for wheelchairs.
Languages: French (compulsory 11–14), German and Spanish offered at GCSE,
AS and A-level; also Italian in sixth form. Regular exchanges to France, Germany
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week in Years 7–9) and
across the curriculum, eg research and presentation of coursework. 200+
computers for pupil use, all networked and with supervised e-mail and internet
Music: Many pupils learn a musical instrument or take singing lessons;
instrumental exams can be taken. Several musical groups including 4 choirs,
orchestra, 2 string orchestras, 2 concert bands, jazz band, flute, clarinet
choirs, saxophone, percussion and other ensembles. Pupils play in many local
youth orchestras, National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra and
smaller specialist groups. Many joint musical activities with the Boys’
Drama & dance: Both offered. Many pupils are involved in joint and school
Art & design: On average, 40% take GCSE, 8% A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles, food technology also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Athletics, badminton, basketball, cross-country, dance,
gymnastics, health-related fitness, lacrosse, life-saving, netball, rounders,
synchronised swimming, swimming, tennis, volleyball compulsory at different
ages. Sixth form only: aerobics, rugby, golf, rock climbing, self-defence,
trampolining. RLSS exams may be taken. National representatives in lacrosse,
water polo; other pupils in regional and county lacrosse teams and county
netball team. Netball team national (U14) champions; swimming teams successful
nationally; athletics, netball, swimming and tennis teams successful locally.
Activities: Pupils take Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze, silver and gold
awards. Community service optional. Many clubs including computing, literary and
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form. Prefects:
Prefects, head girl, elected by sixth form and staff.
Religion: Non-denominational. Attendance at morning assembly the norm but
withdrawal by parents possible.
Social: Number of joint activities with Boys’ Division eg literary and
debating society, drama productions, instrumental groups, field trips to Berlin
and skiing holidays. Exchanges to France, Germany and Spain. Meals self-service.
School shop. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Alumnae association is run by Mrs C Haslam, c/o the School.
Former pupils Dame Janet Smith QC; Ann Taylor MP.