"When I return to Bolton School to talk to pupils about entrepreneurship, my message is to 'go for it'. This is an attitude that I had instilled in me during my time at the school where my curiosity was fuelled and I became interested in ideas."

Caroline Plumb - CEO of Fresh Minds and youngest woman on Management Today's '35 under 35' list

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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 is currently one of the largest in the Sixth Form by student numbers.

The department is well resourced, with two specialised teaching rooms in a newly renovated area of the school. There is ample supply of modern textbooks, reference books, economic journals and publications. Staff have regular contact with examination boards and teacher training institutions, and are members of the Economics and Business Education Association. The department also attends a forum for discussing salient issues and sharing best practice among fellow Heads of Department from LIDS.

The department currently offers both the full A2 and AS courses to groups in each year, with Oxbridge preparation arranged as necessary, alongside a developing programme for the "gifted and talented". Additionally, our most able economists have entered the Target 2.0 national competition organised by the Bank of England, which involves presenting an argument for the next move in interest rates. Our team has won the Regional final on 4 occasions against teams from across the North of England.

Head of Department
D W Kettle, BA 
 

Members of the Department
Mrs C Edge, BSc 
A J Raitt, BA

The Target 2.0 team in the foyer of the Midland Hotel in Manchester

The Target 2.0 team in the foyer of the Midland Hotel in Manchester

Boys Division Economics class