"Certainly, I would not be a Harvard student today if it were not for my experience at Bolton School."

Paddy Pender - Harvard Student

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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 is a further centre-assessed unit at each level covering "Investigative and Practical Skills in Chemistry". Our well-equipped laboratories provide good opportunities for practical work and access to computer facilities.

We encourage students to be involved in activities beyond the classroom. In recent years, students have participated in a Chemical Analysis competition, entered Chemistry Olympiads, Chem Quiz and visited the Royal Society Summer Exhibition in London where they met scientists involved in cutting edge research.  In the summer prior to Year 11, some of our students have been lucky enough to be selected to attend a "Salter's Chemistry Camp" where they have the opportunity to participate in fun chemistry activities on a university campus.

Chemistry is a popular choice in the Sixth Form, often with over 40 girls in each year group. It can lead to science-based careers, including medicine, but also to any career which requires good levels of numeracy and an enquiring, logical mind.

ChemQuiz Winners proudly show off their trophy

ChemQuiz Winners proudly show off their trophy

Girls Division Chemistry class Girls Division Chemistry students in classroom