Entrance Exam

Our Entrance Exam for entry into Year 7 of our Boys' Division or Girls' Division in Autumn 2023 is fast approaching and will take place on Thursday 12 January. Full details about how to enter your child can be found via this link.  

Welcome from the Head of Foundation

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Welcome to Bolton School.

We are a large, all-through independent day school set on a stunning 32 acre campus, a mile or so out of the town centre of Bolton.

Whichever part of our Foundation you are interested in – be it our co-educational Nursery, Pre-School Class or Infant School or one of our single-sex Junior and Senior Schools – our aim is for every girl and boy to become the best that they can be.   

Academic rigour is important to us but so too is character development, which we encourage through delivering a wide range of activities and experiences, including engagement in and with our local community, as well as through outstanding pastoral care. We are also strong believers in the benefits of outdoor education and all our pupils make regular visits to our adventure learning centre, Patterdale Hall, in the Lake District.

An integral part of our mission is to widen access to our outstanding education and to offer genuine social mobility to young people across the region. Ever since our re-foundation by Lord Leverhulme, we have sought to offer children of high potential the best possible education, irrespective of their financial circumstances. Currently, one in five of our Senior School pupils receives a bursary to help cover the costs of their studies and, of these, half enjoy full fee support. Our ethnic make-up mirrors that of our catchment area and, through an extensive coach network covering over 20 routes, we draw pupils from across the North West.

Please do look through our web pages: there is lots to see and they will give you a sense of what we are about, but the best way to truly appreciate our School is to come and visit us.

Philip Britton, MBE, MA, MEd, FInstP
Head of Foundation

Our Twitter Updates

  1. RT @BoltonACIS: #schoolslinking in action: Exploring identity...sharing a handshake! Great to be working with @BoltonSch and @edenboysbolton on Session 2 of the Who am I? project with @CSlifkin We can't wait to see your final artwork in January. https://t.co/cdKlKMmQNo about 2 hours ago
  2. RT @BSGD_Outdoors: A delivery from @NICAS_team for our regular BD and GD climbers 🧗‍♀️ looking forward to enrolling students! https://t.co/dztFG3ygN2 about 3 hours ago
  3. RT @BSBDPA: Honestly, this is going to be so great! Anyone who can donate cakes, individually wrapped chocolates or bottles of Prosecco for us to use, you can drop them off at the main reception desk in the Riley Centre or bring then along on the night if you are coming to watch the show. https://t.co/biCEd1wO2s about 4 hours ago

Follow us on @Philip_Britton and @BoltonSch

Virtual Tour

Virtual campus

Pupils at Bolton School benefit from outstanding teachers, an industrious learning environment and excellent facilities.

Take the Bolton School virtual tour.

Latest News From Across The Campus


  1. 2022-23 Historical Association Lectures

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  2. Bolton School Podcasts Launch

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Bolton School Instagram Updates

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Bolton School Podcasts


We are delighted to announce an exciting new podcast series - Bolton School Extra.

In this series we’ll be exploring school life, allowing you, the listener, to connect with staff, pupils and parents at a deeper level. Each episode we’ll be interviewing people within the community, asking them questions and spending time understanding more about them and the school.

You can download and listen to our podcasts on Spotify or on Apple Podcasts