"Certainly, I would not be a Harvard student today if it were not for my experience at Bolton School."

Paddy Pender - Harvard Student

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Bilal, Year 13

When I first visited Bolton School only a few months after immigrating to the UK from Pakistan, I was captivated by the atmosphere I saw, but felt that studying here was somehow out of reach for me.  Looking back I am extremely grateful that this feeling turned out to be misplaced – I settled into the rhythm of school life very quickly and was able to take advantage of the truly excellent opportunities it provides.  

My father is a doctor working in the NHS, and the only earner in my family. He initially struggled to support the expenses of my education, so the assistance provided by the school in the form of a 45% bursary helped ensure that I was able to continue at the school through to Sixth Form.

I am now working towards achieving my offer to study Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at King’s College London.