"Personally I attribute a significant part of my success to my Bolton School education and the superb foundation it provided. It is the reason why I am so keen to come back and work with the School. "

Katie Clinton - Director, Financial Services Audit Team, KPMG

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Academic

The Curriculum

All our pupils enjoy a broad and balanced education within the National Curriculum framework. Our teaching methods draw on the best of both traditional and more modern approaches. We encourage creativity and independent thinking, enquiry and problem solving to enrich learning and extend it beyond the basic requirements of the National...

Art

Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. In the Junior School we use a balance of different teaching styles. Children are given the opportunity to work on their own or with others,...

Design and Technology

Each year group has a variety of Design and Technology projects which link to other areas of the curriculum. For instance, Year 5 design and make musical instruments which link both to their Geography topic on Mexico and Science topic on Sounds. Each project begins with pupils being asked to design a product for a specific purpose: in Year 4 this...

English

Asked about the value of English in the curriculum, Anne Fine, author and former Children's Laureate, replied: "Without English, nothing, and without good English, nothing very well." Our aims in teaching English are: to provide our pupils with a firm foundation in the skills required to use spoken and written English effectively to develop a...

Geography

Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments. Through their work our children learn about their local area and compare their life with that in other regions of the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. Topics include studies of local settlements as well as countries around the world - for example, India and Mexico. They learn...

History

Our aim is to stimulate the children's interest in the lives of people in the past and to inspire a love of History for its own sake. By teaching our pupils how to investigate earlier periods from Ancient Greece to the Victorians. We hope to encourage them to think about the ways in which events in the past have influenced our lives today. We...

Information and Communication Technology

Nowadays, ICT skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners. Through the teaching of ICT we equip our pupils to take their place in a rapidly changing world which is increasingly dependent on technology. Lessons take place in our computer suite which is equipped with 32 computers. All classes...

Languages

In Years 3, 4 and 5 girls learn Spanish and in Year 6 they study French and Latin.  In Years 3-5 the emphasis is on vocabulary. In Year 6 some basic grammar is introduced enabling the girls to progress into the Senior School with confidence and a good grounding in languages. Lessons are conducted orally with the emphasis on a fun, interactive...

Mathematics

By using a variety of teaching and learning styles we make sure that all our pupils enjoy their daily maths lesson regardless of ability. Whole class and group teaching are central to every lesson and the children's learning is supported by an extensive range of practical resources.  We also encourage our pupils to ask mathematical questions as...

Music

Our pupils are fortunate to be able to enjoy a wide range of musical activities. Lessons always include practical music-making, whether through singing, percussion, keyboard, violin or recorder. In addition, all Year 4 have the chance to learn the violin. All classes are taught by specialist musicians and the standards are high. Over a third of...

Personal Social and Health Education

Personal, social and health education is taught through discussion and plays a central role in our school.  We understand the importance of giving our girls the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. Through our developing programme of PSHE, we prepare our girls to become informed, active...

Physical Education

We enjoy a strong sporting tradition at Bolton School and believe that sport plays an important role in our pupils' development. Our facilities, which include tennis and netball courts, a swimming pool, gym and extensive playing fields, are excellent. Taught by specialist staff, the children play netball, hockey and lacrosse during the winter and...

Religious Studies

Our aim is to develop the children's knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths and to encourage them to think about the fundamental questions of life. Our pupils reflect on what it means to have faith and develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We use the children's own experiences of festivals such as Easter, Diwali...

Science

Like all 7-11 year olds our pupils are naturally curious. Science actively encourages them to find out why things happen in the way they do. In our lessons we try to achieve a balance between learning factual information and practical work where pupils are encouraged to plan and devise their own methods of fair testing. In this way, the children...