"While at school I had so many opportunities to participate in both the Senior Choir and Chamber Choir, and the Music Department regularly held informal concerts which were fantastic opportunities to perform."

Laurie Ashworth - Prize-Winning Opera Singer

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Extra-Curricular Activity

Sixth Form life extends far beyond the classroom or laboratory walls. We encourage all of our students to find a role in the very wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer – including drama, music, charities, and any of the wide range of clubs and societies – or to start their own. University admissions departments and employers are increasingly looking for evidence of your involvement in activities outside the classroom. The vast portfolio of extra-curricular activities open to you in the Sixth Form will help build your team-playing, leadership and life skills.

Facilities such as our outdoor pursuits centre at Patterdale Hall in the Lake District, our Sports Complex and Arts Centre provide first class venues in which to participate in activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, Life Saving, Joint Drama productions and concerts.

The Young Enterprise programme enables students to run their own company during one academic year and to develop attitudes and skills for personal success, life-long learning and employability.

A number of the extra-curricular activities may also offer you the opportunity to travel abroad: in recent years, for example, there have been Music tours to Italy, Prague and Spain, Netball tours to America and Canada, History trips to New York and Biology/Geography trips to San Francisco, Iceland and Morocco. Whatever the activity you choose, you will find that your enjoyment of your time in the Sixth Form and your sense of achievement are greatly enhanced.

Voluntary Activities

There is a strong tradition in taking active part in service to the community and fundraising for charity. As part of the Community Action Programme you can visit the elderly, assist in hospitals or hospices, or go into local primary schools to help children with their reading.

You can help in school by running Clubs and Societies for younger girls, looking after our Infant children in the morning and at lunchtime, helping in the school libraries, serving on the Common Room Committee or the School Council or lending a sympathetic ear in our confidential 'listening service'.

The range of extra-curricular activities at Bolton School provides countless opportunities for students to establish friendships and develop new skills. Over the years, I have enjoyed participating in various sports teams, music ensembles and other societies which have all enabled me to gain a variety of achievements and successes. Whether sporty, musical, creative or academic, Bolton School will undoubtedly provide something for everyone.
Sophie, Year 12

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