The rich tapestry of extra-curricular activities on offer to every Bolton School pupil is one of the school's greatest assets. As well as being placed into a form group upon their arrival, each pupil is also allocated to one of the school's four Houses: Blackburn, Chorley, Manchester and Wigan. Weekly House assemblies enable the boys to mix with pupils outside of their own form group; these assemblies are used to organise and coordinate teams for the termly House Day competitions.
However, it is during the daily 80 minute lunch break that the extra-curricular programme gets into full swing. The boys are expected to voluntarily involve themselves in the school's varied range of clubs and societies. The list of activities on offer is posted in every form base at the beginning of each term and detailed day-to-day notices concerning the clubs are circulated every morning. Pupils in Years 7-9 are expected to attend at least three societies each week; Year 10 and 11 pupils are expected to involve themselves in at least one weekly activity. As well as the societies catering for sixth form students, there are many opportunities for members of Year 12 and Year 13 to become involved in the leadership of the activities. Aside from developing vital leadership qualities, elder students who assist members of staff in the organisation of societies are rewarded with a 'Leadership Certificate' at the end of each academic year.
Depending upon the term, there are up to 90 weekly or fortnightly clubs, societies and practices available to the pupils (this number excludes the many music practices on offer). These range from subject-based clubs, such as Art Club, Science Club, Computer Club, Biology Club and The History Society to more wide-ranging societies such as Film Society, Warhammer Club, Creative Writing Club and Gameshow Club. There is also both a Junior Literary and Debating Forum and a Senior Literary and Debating Society, in which pupils of all ages can cut and sharpen their oratorical skill. Boys with musical and acting talents are also well-catered for at Bolton School. Music ensembles and drama rehearsals all take place in the lunch break and there are numerous concerts and productions every year. Sport also plays a central role in the activities programme.
As well as being a key part of the main curriculum, Outdoor Pursuits plays a central role in the extra curricular programme. Many pupils are introduced to a particular discipline via the Outdoor Education Programme and then go on to further their interest via the extra curricular programme. Pupils gain valuable experience of the world of business and commerce through the 'Business Awareness' course held each year at Patterdale Hall. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is also pursued successfully by many boys, several having achieved the Gold Award whilst still at school.
Members of staff and senior students alike give freely of their time to encourage maximum involvement in a wide programme of activities and many pupils participate in four or five distinct activities every week.
Information regarding any aspect of Bolton School's extra-curricular provision can be obtained by contacting Dr Fraser Mullins (email@example.com), Assistant Head (Admissions and Activities).