"Park Road shaped young minds to uphold the virtues of self discipline, self sufficiency, determination, fair play and self belief without arrogance."

Phillip Taylor, Former Pupil

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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 list of approximately 30 options. Art Classics Design...

Art

Art is a popular and stimulating subject which provides opportunities for all pupils to acquire and extend their creative and artistic skills, enabling them to express and communicate their ideas visually. Our well-resourced studios encourage every pupil to achieve her full artistic potential. As new media, techniques and skills are introduced...

Classics

At Bolton School Girls' Division pupils have the opportunity to study three different classical subjects: Latin, Classical Greek and Classical Civilisation. There are also many opportunities for off-site study and learning through extracurricular activities: visits to Roman sites in the UK such as Chester and York or trips abroad to Rome, Pompeii...

Design Technology

The extensive facilities within the Design and Technology Department make it possible for pupils to experience a whole range of designing and making activities, including Resistant Materials Technology and Textiles Technology. Across these subjects, girls in Years 7, 8 and 9 are encouraged to design and develop products through which they learn...

Economics and Business Studies

The study of Economics and Business Studies aims to develop an academic interest in both subjects which goes beyond the confines of a textbook. As they are topical subjects, girls are encouraged to develop a broad knowledge of the external economic and business worlds, through wider reading, topical debate and current class based activities. We...

English and Drama

As a department we are an enthusiastic and creative team committed to enhancing the learning of our students throughout their school career. We respect and celebrate their diverse backgrounds and provide a rich, stimulating and varied curriculum that meets their individual needs. At KS3 our objectives broadly match those of the National...

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Food Preparation and Nutrition allows students to develop their food practical skills and knowledge of nutrition and health. In years 7, 8 and 9 students build up theoretical knowledge and food preparation skills in focused practical and design tasks. Topics include designing a new scone, developing an individual savoury pastry product and...

Geography

Geography is about the world in which we live, the environment and the impact on it of the decisions we make. We promote an informed concern for the environment and a sense of responsibility for the earth. We also aim to develop an awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing people in different regions and an understanding of global...

Government and Politics

Politics is a fascinating subject to study; Cicero called it "History on the wing". It is a fast moving subject and always changing. Who would have imagined that we would have coalition government in the UK or that a Scottish Nationalist administration in Edinburgh would be looking to seek a referendum on independence for Scotland? Politics helps...

History

KS3 History is taught in Years 7, 8 and 9. Girls may then opt to study History at GCSE where we follow the AQA Modern World Syllabus B. At Advanced Level, the Department offers courses in Stuart and Modern American History. Here, too, the subject is extremely popular; currently, approximately 100 girls study History in the Sixth Form and many...

ICT and Computing

The ICT Department deliver a number of courses including GCSE Business and Communications Systems, GCSE ICT and AS/A2 Computing certification with AQA. From September 2015, GCSE Computing has replaced GCSE ICT and AS/A level Computer Science with OCR has replaced AS/A2 Computing. We teach general software packages using the most up-to-date...

Mathematics

We aim to develop the ability to think and communicate mathematically: precisely, logically and creatively. We seek to promote a positive attitude to Mathematics, including confidence, enjoyment and perseverance, together with an awareness of Mathematics both as a subject in its own right and in relation to other disciplines. Pupils are helped to...

Modern Languages

The department prides itself on its close links with France, Germany and Spain. It is led by a Head of Languages, who is also Head of Spanish, a Head of French and a Head of German. There are a further seven members of staff each of whom teaches two languages. Staff and students also enjoy the contribution made by our Language Assistants who are...

French

All students begin French in Year 7 using a modern, lively course which incorporates recorded as well as visual material supplemented by interactive, online activities. The course caters for complete beginners as well as those who have already learnt some French at primary school. We provide a good grounding in reading, writing, listening and...

German

Students can opt for German in Year 8, continuing until the end of Year 9 or up to GCSE. We use a new, modern course which incorporates recorded and visual material supplemented with readers and material from other sources. We train students in reading, speaking, listening and writing skills and offer a good grounding in grammar. Above all we...

Spanish

Girls in Years 8-11 are taught the subject to GCSE. They follow a lively new course supplemented with interactive and online activities and opportunities for independent reading and listening. We promote listening, reading, speaking and writing skills and offer a good grounding in grammar. ICT is also used to complement the course. All girls...

Music

In Years 7-9 girls follow a syllabus based on the National Curriculum which has been devised to cater for a wide range of musical ability within individual classes. Furthermore, it is designed to give all girls an appreciation and understanding of music. This includes class singing and other practical work, in particular the development of...

Physical Education

Activities within the Physical Education Department are designed to support, complement and contribute to the aims of Bolton School by providing equality of opportunity for all pupils within a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. At KS3, the emphasis is on acquiring motor skills through the activities of Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics,...

Psychology

Aims To develop an increased awareness and understanding of the ‘main schools’ in Psychology and how they each interpret human behaviour. To develop understanding of the research methods psychologists use and an ability to apply these across a range of contexts. To develop your independent learning skills within the subject.  To learn to draw...

Religious Studies

We believe that the purpose of Religious Studies is to help students develop the skills required for life in a religiously and culturally diverse society and to provide them with the opportunity to reflect upon their own spiritual and philosophical beliefs, whilst remaining sensitive to the views and opinions of others. In Key Stage 3, students...

Science

The Science Department comprises three disciplines, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and it currently has fourteen members of teaching staff as well as six technicians. All girls follow a broad and balanced science curriculum until the end of Year 11. Years 7-8 follow a scheme devised by the Department to be relevant and stimulating as well as a...

Biology

Years 7-9 and Years 10–11 are outlined under “Science”. At Advanced Level, we follow the AQA Biology Specification. There are three modules at both AS and A2, one of which an assessed unit covering”Investigative and Practical Skills in Biology.” At AS level topics covered include: Causes of disease Enzymes and the digestive system Cells and...

Chemistry

Years 7-8 (KS3) and Years 9-11 (KS4) are as outlined under "Science". At Advanced Level, we currently follow the AQA Specification (1421/2421). There are two modules at AS, "Foundation Chemistry" and "Chemistry in Action" and two at A2, "Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry" and "Energetics, Redox and Organic Chemistry". In addition, there...

Physics

Years 7-8 (KS3) are as outlined under "Science". In Years 9-11 (KS4), we follow the AQA GCSE Physics specification (4403). There are four modules each worth 25%. Module P4 is the Controlled Assessment, which assesses the student’s scientific investigative skills via the ISA. Each ISA consists of two formal examinations and a practical...