"Many schools in England seem to neglect physical education but not here at Bolton School."

Sam Allardyce, football manager

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Preparation for Life

The Sixth Form years are about preparing you for university, a job and for life. The two years are about much more than academic study. Bolton School will provide you with the opportunity and experiences to develop your team-playing, leadership and life skills.

As part of your university application you will need to draw up a Personal Statement. Your willingness to step forward, take responsibility, and to be aware of the needs of others, is expected by all university admissions teams and prospective employers. You will need to produce real evidence of your contribution to the life of the school and your sustained commitment over time. There are many ways for you to become involved.

Each week there are more than 50 activities in which you can participate - these take place largely at lunchtimes but also, on some days, before or after school: some of them are joint with the Girls' Division. We offer a wide range of musical/choral practices, drama rehearsals and sports coaching sessions. There is also a Senior Games afternoon. The Joint Literary and Debating Society dates back to the turn of the century, there are regular talks and seminars by invited speakers, the 'New School Express' requires a dedicated editorial team and the 'Boltonian' offers similar opportunities. Find out more about extra curricular activities in the School.

All Year 12 students take part in a residential Business and Enterprise Awareness Training course at our outdoor education centre on the shores of Lake Ullswater in the Lake District. Students can become involved in running events and outdoor activities for junior boys. Leadership is also open to you through the House System, membership of the School Council or the Monitorial Team. Students are encouraged to test themselves and to face challenge. You can do it, but we will help.

Teamwork skills are developed through various collaborative learning activities or from membership of a band or ensemble, the cast of a drama production or one of the many sports teams. It may result from participating in one of the 60 or so foreign and residential visits available over two years or from one of the community services activities.

Preparation for life involves developing your interests, but these can be more enjoyable when they are shared. Socialising is an important part of life at Bolton School and the Common Room, complete with games tables and snack bar, is central to this. Friends from the Girls' Division will meet with you here or in their Common Room. You are likely to develop friendships and associations which last for life and, as an Old Boltonian, you can keep in touch through various "Old Bolts" events and regional dinners.

An enjoyable experience that will stay with me forever.
David, Year 13

Sixth Form Students Standing Outside Sixth Form Boys and Girls in Common Room

Sixth Form Boys and Girls have access to each others' Common Rooms