Open Days and School Dates

Boys' Sixth Form Open Evening

The Boys' Division Sixth Form Open Evening takes place in November each year.

The open evening provides an opportunity for both current and prospective pupils, and their parents, to discuss AS and Advanced Level options, to learn more about life in the Sixth Form at Bolton School and to visit the state-of-the-art, newly opened Riley Sixth Form Centre.

Due to current Covid-19 safety restrictions, it is likely that the event this year will be virtual. Full details will be released as soon as possible.

Some enquirers will want to see the School on a working day and to experience some classroom teaching in the group sizes and style that you would receive at Bolton School. We regularly hold a Sixth Form Taster Morning, also in November which will allow you to ask questions, experience daily life in the Riley Centre and attend two lessons. Boys may attend in their school uniform or a suit. Again, this is likely to be a virtual event in 2020.

Each year the vast majority of Year 11 pupils progress into the Sixth Form. The Boys' Division also welcomes students into the Sixth Form from across the region. Financial support is available to students through our Open Door Bursary Scheme. Find out more about about fee assistance.

In order to register for the Sixth Form Open Evening or if you would like to arrange a private tour of the School on another day, please contact the Admissions Registrar, Miss Angela Fenton, on 01204 840201. Brochures and application forms can also be requested from Miss Fenton.

Entry Criteria

Assessments for external candidates usually take place in February or March, prior to a September admission. The School will use an on-line computer adaptive test that includes elements of verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, mathematics and proof-reading. The test will be marked and standardised. Standardisation means that each candidate’s score can be compared with those achieved by other candidates of the same age.  The test is designed to gauge candidates’ aptitude to learning. 

Candidates will be asked to bring their school reports (including GCSE predictions), other records of achievement (if appropriate) and their Mock Examination results with them. Candidates considering Art or Technology must also bring in a portfolio. 

External candidates must have at least a grade 6 in English, Maths and Science (whether Dual Award or one of the single science subjects.) In addition, they will normally be expected to have a grade 7 or above in a subject chosen for ‘A’ Level, if they have taken that subject to GCSE.  

A written report is also requested from their current school. For this reason, it is vital that parents first discuss this with their son’s current Headteacher before they make an application. 

Offers will be based on an interview with a member of the Sixth Form management team, an interview with at least two Heads of Department, the candidate’s performance in an online test (designed to assess potential) and a reference from their current school. Any offers made at this stage will be provisional until the GCSE results are known. The minimum requirement for entry from outside Bolton School into the Sixth Form is at least 4 grades at 7 and above and 3 grades at 6 at GCSE. 

Candidates from schools where GCSEs are not taken (including overseas schools) should have equivalent qualifications as defined and verified by NARIC ( and be able to demonstrate that they are working at a level comparable to the minimum academic requirement for entry into the Sixth Form. Equivalent qualifications will only be accepted, if the course content provides suitable preparation for A Level study, but students will only be permitted to start once qualifications have been verified in writing. 


You can always arrange a personal tour of the School by calling Miss Fenton, Admissions Registrar, on 01204 840201.