Welcome to Park Road, our Junior Boys' School. We offer a first class education for your son from age 7 to 11 and an excellent grounding for the Boys' Division Senior School.
Our aim is to meet the needs of the whole child and to allow individuals to flourish in a purposeful working atmosphere. We offer high academic standards with a broad range of extra-curricular activities.
Our well qualified staff provide a disciplined and caring environment where the boys develop as considerate individuals able to move forward into secondary education with confidence.
The Boys' Junior School occupies its own site and is sufficiently close to Bolton School's main campus to benefit from its excellent facilities.
Head of Junior Boys' School
Our highly popular and successful Junior Boys’ School offers:
- Character-building through the development of pupils’ mutual respect, creative problem solving capabilities, philanthropism and tenacity, which, in turn, moulds boys into responsible citizens who understand their place in the world.
- A broad, balanced and academically rigorous curriculum, which ensures all boys have the appropriate level of challenge and support to achieve their very best.
- Exceptional use of technology to support and enhance learning both in school and at home whilst equipping the boys with a skillset for the modern world.
- Strong pastoral support with a focus on teamwork, resilience and independence.
- A smooth transition from our Infant School or local primaries and on to our Senior School.
- An extra curricular programme which caters for all; from the sports-minded to the musically gifted to creative and inquisitive pupils.
- New experiences both within the curriculum and through a rich co-curricular programme of visits, speakers and trips, including residential trips to our own Outdoor Pursuits centre in the Lake District, Patterdale Hall.
- Subject specialist teachers in Science, Music, Art and Design Technology, PE and Swimming.
- Learning which is knowledge rich but has a strong focus on practical activities.
- Exceptional facilities including a well-equipped library and specialist rooms for Science, Music, Art and DT - as well as access to a large outdoor space, playing fields and swimming pool at our Senior School.
- An extensive sports programme, facilitating both participation and excellence including opportunities to represent school at local, regional and national level.
Boys leave us as articulate, thoughtful and confident pupils, enthusiastic about their school and their learning.
The best thing about Bolton School for me is having lovely friends and kind teachers.
I love all the activities which the teachers and parents provide for us! This year I have run in the Running Club, represented the School in cross-country and enjoyed origami with Mrs Makino.
I only took half a day to feel happy in Park Road.
There are so many good lessons and great things to do every day at Park Road that I look forward to coming as soon as I wake up.
Our trip to Patterdale Hall was absolutely awesome!
As my three children pass through Park Road, I watch them develop into well-mannered, well-educated and interested young boys, with an enthusiasm for life and all its opportunities. This is due in no small part to the wonderful environment and dedication provided by the staff of Bolton Junior Boys’ School, both within and beyond the classroom.
My son has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Park Road. Alongside the core subjects, sport plays an important part in the timetable. The annual trip to Patterdale is probably the highlight of most boys’ year, especially my son’s and I personally feel they are so lucky to enjoy this fantastic experience outside of school with their friends.
We are incredibly proud and grateful for our son’s time at Park Road. He is educated to an extremely high standard in a very happy, safe and nurturing environment. He is taught a wide range of subjects by dedicated staff and is always encouraged to achieve his best. As parents we are well informed about his progress. There are lots of extra-curricular activities which he enjoys. We would certainly commend Park Road to any prospective parents.
When I think back to my years at Junior School, I realise that this is when I discovered my hunger for learning, my determination to excel, and the importance of integrity and respect for others.
Dr Arno Kitts, Managing Director, UK Institutional Business, BlackRock
Though I finished up getting a lot of education, I think it is the time I spent at the Junior School in Park Road that was the most formative and is still the most clearly etched in my mind. Learning Latin, being read classic books, long jump on the levels, choral performances…. For a boy from my background all of this was completely new, and somehow amazing. At that age you are wide open to experience and, if you are very lucky, you will find yourself in a privileged place like Park Road at just that moment. The air we breathed in Park Road must have been particularly clear. It certainly seems so now.
Professor Chris Higson, Accounting, London Business School
Park Road Juniors was, I admit, slightly scary at first. It was, I suppose, my initiation into serious academic thought, the prime monument to which was the mighty sandstone bulk of the senior school to which we were all nervously heading. But the headmaster, Bernard Harrison, was a benign, silver-haired fatherly figure. I'll never forget him driving me to hospital in his mechanically dubious Morris when I sprained by wrist in gym. Indeed, the teachers as a whole combined seriousness and helpful amiability in equal measure, just what I, in my later years, would ask of any teacher. The best thing I can say of the school was that it worked. It embedded in me habits of reading and thinking as well as an enduring curiosity about just about everything. It provided, in the highest sense of the phrase, a liberal education.
Bryan Appleyard, Award-winning journalist and author
On reflection …… Park Road shaped young minds to uphold the virtues of self discipline, self sufficiency, determination, fair play and self belief without arrogance. We knew we were receiving a sound academic grounding even though we had no other experience to compare it with. The teachers cared. Those teachers who ensured good discipline and adherence to house rules were the same ones who, in times of uncertainty, willingly offered a listening ear and encouragement to us seven and eight year olds at no cost.
Bolton School has never aspired to mediocrity. Upon leaving School in 1968 to read Metallurgy at university and develop a career as a Chartered Engineer I took with me a strong sense of values and a desire to see fair play at all times. Unfortunately the world of business and commerce often provides a stage upon which other less noble agendas are played out, challenging one’s integrity and values. More than once I found myself drawing on personal reserves woven into my make up by both my schooling and my parents. Values developed and honed at Bolton Senior School and closely guarded throughout my life clearly had their roots cultivated at Park Road. How fortunate we were.
Fond memories and happy days.
Phillip Taylor, Metallurgist and Chartered Engineer with British Steel
Mrs Roberts was a bundle of energy and enthusiasm standing behind the piano, leading us in the songs from the BBC Music Makers series. I remember standing in the hall as a whole class of boys and having to learn to play the violin at the age of seven. What a saint she must have been to put up with that! Then there were trips to music festivals where we expected to win first prize, and more often than not we did. Singing John Rutter’s ‘Nativity Carol’ at every carol service, and learning to sing harmonies and in parts for the first time.
Now in my early 40s, a teacher of music at the largest primary school in Cumbria, and a worship leader in a Cumbrian church, it has become obvious that my early years at Park Road definitely inspired the musician in me.
My other passion over most of my lifetime has been reading. Mr H M Harrison finished each day with a story. I can’t remember other teachers reading to us, but I can remember listening to “Herbert” reading ‘Three Men in a Boat’, ‘The Little Grey Men’, and many other stories. As soon as I had heard them, I wanted to visit the library and read them for myself.
So my memories of Park Road are of many times and people, but over thirty years later my love of music and reading were most definitely inspired and started there. Now my own children have inherited the same passions and, I hope, I am inspiring generations of children in Barrow-in-Furness to be as musical as ark Road inspired me to be.
However, no violins in whole classes for me!
Jonathan Harrison, music teacher