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 @BSBDMusicdept: Percussion awarded a special recognition award as well. Well done percussion. 🥁 https://t.co/Bwj0Uc33ie about 3 hours ago
  2. RT @FriendsofBS: @BoltonSch @_NaomiLord @BSGD6thForm @BSBD6thForm @BSGDEnglish @BoltonEnglish Spending Sunday prototyping table decorations for The Great Gatsby. It’s going to be a beautiful evening, get your tickets now before they sell out! https://t.co/gme3spA6BV about 3 hours ago
  3. RT @BSBDGermanDept: Brilliant efforts all round in Junior German Club today. We looked at German words which are used in English and translated an A-Z of completely new German words - proving that this ‘difficult’ language perhaps isn’t so difficult after all! 🇩🇪☺️ @nfordteacher @BoltonSch https://t.co/lk9TzIYIyt 2 days ago

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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