Bolton School Senior Boys

Admissions to the Boys' Division (Senior School)

Bolton School Boys' Division is an academically selective, independent, day school.

The admissions process for Bolton School Boys' Division is overseen and managed by the Deputy Head (Admissions and Achievement), Dr Fraser Mullins and the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Susan Yates. They can be contacted at School at any point should you wish to discuss any element of entry to the Boys' Senior School (telephone: 01204 840201).

All applicants to the Boys' Division must complete an application form. This can be obtained in one of three ways:

  • it is enclosed with the prospectus
  • it can be downloaded here
  • or it can be ordered by contacting the Admissions Registrar on 01204 840201 (e-mail:

The application form will provide us with various pieces of information, including your contact numbers and information about the applicant's current school. For older students, we shall also need to know which subjects he wishes to study.

Year 7 Entry

All applicants to Year 7 sit our Entrance Examination in the January before they wish to join the School. 

Our annual Year 7 Entrance Examination incorporates three multi-choice assessment papers and a group task. 

  • Mathematics assessment (50 minutes)
  • English assessment (45 minutes)
  • Non-verbal reasoning assessment (20 minutes)
  • A small group task set by Bolton School (50 minutes)

Each of these four tests is designed to test a child's 'innate' ability. If you wish to gain an insight about types of questions posed in the Mathematics, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning assessment papers, you may obtain practice papers from any good bookshop (look for GL Assessment 11+ practice papers) or via the GL Assessment website here (download the free ‘familiarisation materials’ or purchase the multiple choice packs). However, there is no need to practise these past paper questions.

A reference will also be requested from the applicant's current school, as a report from a Headteacher forms an important element of our decision making process. For this reason, parents who wish to make an application should first discuss this with their son's current Headteacher.

Between 125 and 150 places are available for Year 7 each year. All applicants are called for interview following the Entrance Examination, with these interviews taking place early in February. The interviews are used, along with the Headteachers' reports and the Entrance Examination performance, as a means of assessing the applicants. Subsequent to the interviews, and in agreement with the Manchester Consortium of Schools, offers of places are then posted at the beginning of March.

Entry into Years 8-10

Applications for other year groups are considered at any time; however, the number of places available will vary according to student migration at the time. Applicants for entry into these year groups will be asked to sit a computer based test which is designed to help measure an individual's ability and their aptitude for learning. Similar to the Entrance Examination, the test comprises of Vocabulary, Maths, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Skills sections. We aim to make a decision within a few days of the applicant sitting a test. The admissions process will normally involve two interviews, most usually with the Deputy Head (Admissions and Achievement), Dr F H Mullins or the Admissions Tutor, Mr M Prentki, along with one of the language departments' Heads. Once again, a reference from the current Headteacher will be sought and we will also ask the applicant to provide us with their most recent school report.


Since September 2015, a number of Scholarships have been available to pupils entering the Boys’ Division in Year 7. These Scholarships are not means-tested and are awarded to those pupils who, we believe, will make a strong contribution to the academic and wider life of the School. The Scholarships will be offered at the discretion of the Headmaster following the Bolton School Entrance Examination and Interview. 

Further information and application forms to sit our Entrance Examination are available from Susan Yates ( on 01204 840201 or by visiting the web page:

Financial Support

Bolton School is a fee paying school, but financial support may be available through the 'Open Door' Bursary Scheme. The School has worked hard to raise funds for the scheme so as to enable talented youngsters whose parents may find it difficult to pay fees to attend the School; currently more than one in five of the pupils receive some form of fee assistance.

All bursaries are awarded on academic merit. They are means-tested and available to a proportion of the entry at Years 7 and 12; some funding may also be available to applicants to other year groups. Financial support may also be found for current students whose parents suffer subsequent hardship. In addition, the Headmaster's Fund, supported by the Parents' Association, is used for existing pupils to ensure that such children can take part in school visits and extra-curricular activities.

Enquiries about financial support can be addressed at any time to the Bursary Officer, Miss Charlotte Nightingale, or to Mrs Susan Yates (, the Admissions Registrar. Both can be contacted via the telephone number 01204 840201.

Tours of the School

Part of choosing the right school for your son is feeling comfortable within it on a normal working day; accordingly you are invited to take up the opportunity of visiting the School at various points of the School year on top of the annual Open Day (held on a Saturday in mid-October each year). In the Autumn and Summer Terms each year the 'Taster Morning' provides an opportunity for families to be guided around classrooms by members of our sixth form whilst lessons are being delivered; equally, parents and their sons are encouraged to telephone Mrs Yates, the Admissions Registrar, to arrange a mutually convenient time to be given a private tour of the School and its facilities with the Deputy Head (Admissions and Achievement), Dr Fraser Mullins or Admissions Tutor, Mr M Prentki.

Useful Links

Boys' Division Application Form

Admissions Policy

Learn about ways of visiting us

Learn more about fees

Dr Fraser Mullins, Deputy Head (Admissions and Achievement)

Dr Fraser Mullins, Deputy Head (Admissions and Achievement)

Mrs Susan Yates, Admissions Registrar

Mrs Susan Yates, Admissions Registrar