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Admissions

The admissions process for Bolton School Boys' Division Sixth Form is overseen and managed by the Deputy Head (Admissions and Achievement), Dr Fraser Mullins and the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Susan Yates. They can be contacted at School at any point should you wish to discuss any element of entry to the Boys' Senior School (telephone: 01204 840201).

All applicants to the Boys' Division must complete an application form. This can be obtained in one of three ways:

  • it is enclosed with the prospectus
  • it can be downloaded here
  • or it can be ordered by contacting the Admissions Registrar on 01204 840201 (e-mail: seniorboys@boltonschool.org).

The application form will provide us with various pieces of information, including your contact numbers and information about the applicant's current school. For older students, we shall also need to know which subjects he wishes to study. 

An Open Evening is held annually in November and provides an opportunity for both current and prospective pupils, and their parents, to discuss AS and Advanced Level options and to learn more about Sixth Form life at Bolton School.

Each year the vast majority of Year 11 pupils progress into the Sixth Form. The Boys' Division also welcomes students into the Sixth Form from across the region. Financial support is available to students through our Open Door Bursary Scheme. Find out more about financing and fees.

In order to register for the Sixth Form Open Evening or if you would like to arrange a private tour of the School on another day, please contact the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Susan Yates on 01204 840201. Brochures and application forms can also be requested from Mrs Yates.

Entry Criteria

Assessments usually take place in February or March prior to a September admission. The School will use an on-line computer adaptive test that includes elements of verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, mathematics and proof reading. The test will be marked and standardised. Standardisation means that each candidate’s score can be compared with those achieved by other candidates of the same age.  The test is designed to gauge candidates’ aptitude to learning.

Candidates will be asked to bring their school reports (including GCSE predictions), record of achievement (if appropriate) and Mock Examination results with them. Candidates considering Art or Technology must also bring in a portfolio. 

Offers will be based on an interview with a member of the Sixth Form management team, an interview with at least two Heads of Department, the candidate’s performance in an online test (designed to assess potential) and the school reference. Any offers made at this stage will be provisional until the GCSE results are known. The minimum requirement for entry from outside Bolton School into the Sixth Form is at least 4 grades at A (or 7 and above) and 3 grades at B (or 6) at GCSE.

External candidates must have at least a Grade B (or 6) in English, Maths and Science (whether Dual Award or one of the single science subjects.) External candidates will normally be expected to have a grade A (or 7 or above) in a subject chosen for ‘A’ Level if they have taken that subject to GCSE. 

A written report is also requested from their current school. For this reason, it is vital that parents who wish to make an application should first discuss this with their son’s current Headteacher.

Candidates from schools where GCSEs are not taken (including overseas schools) should have equivalent qualifications as defined and verified by NARIC (hwww.ecctis.co.uk/naric) and be able to demonstrate that they are working at a level comparable to the minimum academic requirement for entry into the Sixth Form. Equivalent qualifications will only be accepted, if the course content provides suitable preparation for A Level study, but students will only be permitted to start once qualifications have been verified in writing.

 

Tours of the School

Part of choosing the right school for your son is feeling comfortable within it on a normal working day; accordingly you are invited to take up the opportunity of visiting the School at various points of the School year on top of the annual Open Evening (held in November each year). Parents and their sons are encouraged to telephone Mrs Yates, the Admissions Registrar, to arrange a mutually convenient time to be given a private tour of the School and its facilities with the Deputy Head (Admissions and Achievement), Dr Fraser Mullins or Admissions Tutor, Mr M Prentki or the Head of Sixth Form, Mr Jack Williams.

Download an application form to the Boys' Sixth Form

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