Bolton School Senior Boys


The school has a popular, highly regarded, active and successful Geography department, accommodated in a well-equipped suite of three specialist rooms, with audio visual, apple TV and computer facilities. The department consists of 6 staff who are all highly qualified and enthusiastic geographers. 

After an initial KS3-based induction course in years 7 and 8, all pupils progress to the AQA GCSE in year 9 and the vast majority will continue this through to a full GCSE in year 11. At A level there is a significant uptake and we follow the AQA specification. Many of the A level candidates will go on to study Geography at university including several Oxbridge students in recent years. 

There is an extensive fieldwork programme encompassing all year groups, which is designed to stimulate an awareness and curiosity about a variety of environments. This includes an investigation of rainforest at Blackpool Zoo, local river fieldwork in Bolton, an urban trail through East Manchester and the Etihad Stadium. At A level pupils study glacial landscapes at Easedale Tarn, urban micro-climates around Manchester and a look a the impact of gentrification in West Didsbury. The department offers an optional visit to Iceland or Sicily for the upper years. There is a junior Geographical society that runs weekly and the senior boys regularly attend the GA lecture programme at Manchester University as part of the school’s wide ranging enrichment programme. 

Head of Department 

P J Newbold, BSC 

Members of the Department 

Miss C E Dean, BSc
N L Ford, BSc
P D Jackson, BSc
J A Rutter, BSc
Miss H Tunstall, MSc, BSc


Boys Division Geography student