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Subjects

Subject Overview

All our pupils follow a broad curriculum in the first three years of the Senior School (Key Stage 3). There is a wide choice of subjects at GCSE allowing pupils to maintain a broad academic base for as long as possible. In the Sixth Form, students choose their AS subjects from a wider range of options, including some available in the Girls'...

Art and Design

The Art Department is a well-equipped and resourced area offering a range of activities across three Art Studio rooms. The Department currently consists of a Head of Department, plus two members of staff, each with their own room and individual facilities. Pupils undertake a general course in Years 7, 8 and 9 which draws its inspiration from the...

Biology

This department provides boys with a dynamic, friendly and stimulating environment in which they can study a wide breadth of biological phenomena. A variety of modern and traditional teaching approaches, with extensive opportunities for "hands on” practical work, together with ICT and stimulating reference materials, are used to help nurture a...

Business Studies

This subject is a relative newcomer to the academic menu in the Boys' Division, having first been taught here in 1991. Since then the department has developed its academic and extra-curricular provision so that it consistently outperforms national results tables and it now has a high profile in various national competitions. Overall, our success...

Chemistry

Pupils are taught Chemistry from Year 7. At the end of Year 9 they may choose to study two or three GCSEs in Science. The subject is very popular amongst the pupils, and recently between 40 and 60 pupils per year have studied the subject to A Level. The results are very good. In 2004, the Department achieved the Good Schools Guide Award for the...

Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation is the study of Greek and Roman culture in translation. There is no linguistic element, but the subject affords a greater breadth of scope than is possible in the study of Latin and Greek. The study of the Classical world is therefore open to linguists and non-linguists alike. Classical Civilisation to GCSE The Year 9...

Classics

What is Classics? Classics is the study of the language, culture and history of the Greek and Roman civilisations. At Bolton School, Classics is an integral part of the curriculum, and we are proud of the fact that the Classical world is open to all. All boys study Latin in Years 7 and 8, and either Latin or Classical Civilisation in Year 9....

Drama

Our approach to Drama stems from belief that the Performing Arts are of great benefit to the personal, social and academic development of our pupils. In a largely traditional academic environment, Drama allows a space for pupils to learn new practical and creative skills and, perhaps most importantly, to develop new kinds of understanding about...

Economics

Bolton School Boys' Division was one of the first schools in the country to establish A Level Economics on a significant scale. Since 1958, the subject has been successfully taught to large groups of boys, most of whom achieve good results in their examinations, with many going on to read economics or related subjects at university. The department...

Electronics

Electronics is taught as a stand-alone subject at A Level, where it belongs to the suite of Science subjects. The Department features a well-equipped laboratory which allows students access to the latest instrumentation and test apparatus. The A Level Electronics course offers students the chance to learn the theoretical and practical skills...

English

If English is about language and expression, then it is equally about thought: good English goes hand in hand with clear, coherent thinking. We challenge pupils to think sensitively and carefully about issues in their own lives, in the world around them and in the books we read with them and we encourage them to explore their ideas in a variety of...

French

Academic French is taught to all our pupils in Year 7 in mixed ability form groups. Some of our pupils will have studied some French prior to arriving in the senior school which can be an advantage in the early weeks. We do not however assume any previous knowledge and pupils new to the subject almost always catch up by the end of the autumn...

Geography

The school has a popular, highly regarded, active and successful Geography department, accommodated in a well-equipped suite of three specialist rooms, with audio visual, apple TV and computer facilities. The department consists of 6 staff who are all highly qualified and enthusiastic geographers.  After an initial KS3-based induction course in...

German

German is one of three modern languages offered to students from Year 8 onwards. It is a well-established subject with a proven track-record, as results in public examinations amply testify. In recent years, over 90% of pupils have achieved A or A* grades at GCSE after four years of study, while over the longer term since 1988 when GCSE started,...

Greek

Greek to GCSE Any pupil may opt to begin study of Ancient Greek in Year 10. The course followed is very similar to that for GCSE Latin. Course-books followed include Wilding and Greek to GCSE. By the time a Bolton School pupil sits the GCSE examination, he has studied the subject for two years, 6 periods per two-week cycle - a length of course...

History

The study of History is an essential foundation for understanding today's world. It also develops a wide range of useful skills and is a subject well regarded by university admissions tutors and employers alike. It should also be fun. All boys at Bolton School study History for their first three years and a majority follow it to GCSE. Typically...

ICT

ICT finds a place in every area of the curriculum and the departmental schemes of work have been designed to support and complement the broader role which it enjoys. In Years 7, the emphasis is on the acquisition of skills, and familiarity with our network environment. In Year 8 and 9, students complete the essential elements of KS3 ICT, with an...

Latin

How is Latin studied up to GCSE level? All boys study Latin in Years 7 and 8. The emphasis is on a lively and meaningful introduction to the subject, and on building up a wide range of skills in areas such as literacy, language analysis, and independent learning. A wide range of resources are used, including those made available through the iPads...

Maths

Bolton School Boys' Division has a highly successful Mathematics Department. There are currently eight highly qualified Mathematics specialists teaching Mathematics from Year 7 to Oxbridge entry. We are situated in eight classrooms, seven of which contain an Interactive Whiteboard. We incorporate a variety of software into our schemes of work...

Music

Music is an important and central component of the life of Bolton School Boys' Division. As a curriculum subject, and as a flourishing extra-curricular activity, music involves every pupil in a wealth of enriching, challenging and enjoyable activities. All pupils in Years 7 to 9 have three 50 minute curriculum lessons per fortnightly cycle....

Physical Education

Year 7 boys are introduced to the discipline of gymnastics. They are taught a range of core skills, comprising of balances and travelling movements. The boys then plan a six piece sequence and perform within their form group. This sequence is then assessed by our PE specialists. The highest scorers are then entered into our traditional gymnastics...

Physics

Physics is a fun and fascinating subject. Its scope ranges from the smallest particles found within nuclei to the size of the cosmos, from matters of everyday importance, such as the braking distances of cars, to philosophical questions about what is knowable. Our courses enable us to give the boys a feeling for the breadth of the subject and of...

PSHE

Our Pastoral Curriculum is wide-ranging and aims to give pupils the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to lead healthy lives and to participate in society as active and informed citizens. Key themes are addressed in each year group via assemblies, form tutor periods and the SPACE programme. These include health, personal and...

Psychology

Psychology aims to develop an increased awareness and understanding of the ‘main schools’ of thought in the subject and how they each interpret human behaviour. We also seek to develop your understanding of the research methods psychologists use and an ability to apply these across a range of contexts. You will also develop your independent...

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies department in the Boys’ Division is small, but enthusiastic. It is well equipped with resources including many religious artefacts. Currently Years 7 & 8 are taught one period per week, and Year 9 has one lesson per two-week cycle. The aim of the Religious Studies department is to enable pupils to learn both about...

Russian

The study of Russian is an enjoyable and increasingly rare experience, and Bolton School is one of the few places in England which still offers Russian at both GCSE and A-Level. To take Russian to GCSE is to gain a qualification which would stand out on any university application form. It offers pupils the chance not only to learn about one of the...

Spanish

Spanish is the mother tongue of 21 countries worldwide and has 350 million native speakers, a figure set to grow as the Hispanic population, particularly in the USA, expands. The Spanish language is increasingly important in tourism, commerce and politics; its influence did not go unnoticed by Barack Obama who recorded several campaign...

Sport

Sport flourishes at Bolton School. The traditional Autumn and Spring term team games are football, hockey and rugby. In football the School has a strong reputation and we are a member of the Independent Schools' Football Association (ISFA) driving football development throughout the region. In recent years, the School has reached several national...

Technology

The Technology Department aims to expose all pupils to a variety of Design and Technology experiences throughout their time in school. In Year 7 pupils tackle a number of practical projects, working individually and in groups to design creative solutions to particular problems. Pupils become proficient in the use of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) in...