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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about Bolton School's Sixth Form. They are answered by Mr Caspar Joseph, Head of the Sixth Form.

Why should I join Bolton School Sixth Form?

If you are a bright, enthusiastic and dedicated student you should give the Sixth Form at Bolton School some serious consideration. We have everything in place here to help you achieve your dreams - a great tradition of academic excellence, wonderful facilities, and an amazing portfolio of extra-curricular and social events allowing you to build leadership, team-working and interpersonal skills. Our Sixth Form is small enough to allow our highly qualified teachers to really focus on your individual needs - we don't just get you to where you want to go, we equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes that you will carry with you throughout your life.

What sort of GCSE grades will I need?

You should expect A grade passes in the subjects that you wish to follow at A level, or the nearest equivalent in the case of subjects not being taken at GCSE. You should also expect a minimum of 5 A*-C passes at GCSE, including Mathematics and English. External candidates will also be interviewed and references sought.

As a new student to Bolton School, will I feel left out? I assume all the other students will already know one another and will be in their own friendship groups?

Each year, 5-10% of our Sixth Form is made up of students new to Bolton School. They are always quick to settle into life at the School. Yes, 90% or so of the students will be moving up from Bolton School's own Year 11 group but these young men are very aware of the arrival of new students and they will go out of their way to befriend you. I think they appreciate some new faces around the place! Don't worry, you will be warmly welcomed into the fold. The size of our Sixth Form means that all boys get to know each other very quickly.

What will the classes be like?

You will certainly notice a difference from your GCSE studies. Classes will be smaller and although each teacher has their own style, you will appreciate that the learning process has become much more of a partnership between you and the lecturer as you work together to reach your full potential. Rather than studying a broad range of subjects like you did at GCSE, you will now study just a few subjects but in much greater depth. You will not just be spoon-fed the information, you will be encouraged to ask more questions, to pursue your own research and to think independently. There is a great deal of work to get through and you will have to be disciplined and organised in your approach to learning both in and out of the classroom.

Can I come and have a look around the School?

Yes, of course. In many ways the best way to see the Sixth Form is to come and visit us.  During term time you can always email me or contact the Headmaster's Secretary and arrange a mutually convenient time to come in and visit the School. You might want to come along to our Sixth Form Open Evening which is held in the Autumn each year.

How many new students do you take on each year?

Numbers vary slightly each year but we usually admit about 120 students into each year of the Sixth Form, anything from 5 to 15 of which will be new to the School.

Are there no girls?

We like to think we have the best of both worlds here. Boys' Division and Girls' Division students share the Riley Sixth Form Centre, which includes a Common Room, Cafe, study rooms and quiet study areas. However teaching remains single-sex. There are also joint events with the girls, particularly in drama and music. 

I'd like to come but there's no way I'd be able to afford the fees.

We aim to offer an education for all, irrespective of the ability to pay. More and more bursaries are becoming available and you can read about bursary-assistance here.

Where do people go afterwards and what sorts of careers do they follow?

We have been sending Old Boltonians into the world for almost 500 years and they have made quite an impact!

Upon completion of A level study, the vast majority of our students (well over 95%) go onto Higher Education; most of them to their first choice university. You can view a list of universities that students have gone onto in recent years.

We have a global network of Old Boys and Old Girls working in a wide variety of different careers, many rising to the very top of their profession. The list of former pupils is a prestigious one and includes captains of industry, household names and a Nobel Prize winner. Find out more about our famous Old Boltonians. Particularly active branches of the Old Boys' Association can be found in London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Bristol, Cumbria and, of course, Bolton.

If you have any further questions or you would like to arrange a visit to the School, you can contact the Headmaster's Secretary by email, ccj@boltonschool.org.uk, or by calling 01204 840201.

A wonderful experience: the strong community spirit and excellent facilities make Bolton School Sixth Form a home from home.
Jackie, Year 13

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