Bolton School Senior Girls

Admissions to Our Senior Girls' School

We are looking for bright, well-motivated girls who will make the most of all that an education at Bolton School has to offer.

To gain a place in Year 7 your daughter must first reach the appropriate standard in the Entrance Examination which is held in mid-January each year.

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

Before applying, parents are advised to read the Admissions Policy (download at the bottom of this page), which includes details of provision for SEND, EAL and detailed information about our Entrance Testing Day, Interview and Offer Process.

Monthly Tours of the Girls' Division

Our monthly school tours are led by our Year 13 Prefects and they provide a great opportunity to see the Senior Girls’ School on a normal working day. They are primarily - but not exclusively - for families with girls considering entry into Y7 or Y12 in September 2023. Our tour dates for the next academic year can be viewed on this web page.

Year 7 Entry

All applicants to Year 7 sit our Entrance Examination in the January before they wish to join the School. The Year 7 Entrance Examination currently incorporates three multi-choice assessment papers:

  • a non-verbal reasoning test (20 minutes)
  • a mathematical reasoning test (50 minutes)
  • an English reasoning test (45 minutes)

Each of these tests is designed to test "innate" ability. Practice papers are available from any good bookshop (look for GL Assessment 11+ practice papers) or online here (download the free ‘familiarisation materials’ or purchase the practice packs).

As an indication of the required standard, we would normally expect your daughter's teacher to be predicting Level 5 in the Key Stage 2 SATs test.

Girls who do well in the Entrance Examination will be invited for an interview, which will take place in late January or early 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.

Further details about the Entrance Examination for Year 7 entry in September can be found here. You can also find out more details by contacting Helen Atkinson, our Admissions Registrar ( or 01204 840201)

Entry into Years 8-11

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 an interview with the relevant Head of School. 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.

Sixth Form Entry

Details of applying to the Sixth Form can be found here.


The prospectus is available to download via our website here.

You can also request a hard copy of the prospectus to be posted to you via our website here or by contacting Helen Atkinson, our Admissions Registrar ( or 01204 840201).

Tours of the School

The School holds its Open Day each year on a Saturday morning in mid-October. Girls and their parents are also very welcome to visit the school on any normal working day to see if it feels ‘right’ for you. Please feel free to make an appointment by contacting Helen Atkinson, our Admissions Registrar ( or 01204 840201). She will organise a mutually convenient time for you to visit and be given a private tour of the School and its facilities. 

Fees Information

Details of our fees for the current academic year can be found here.


From September 2015, a number of new Scholarships have been available to pupils entering the Girls’ Division in Year 7. These generous Scholarships are not means-tested and are awarded to those girls who, we believe, will make a strong contribution to the academic and wider life of the School.  

The Scholarships are offered at the discretion of the Headmistress following the Bolton School Entrance Examination and Interview. More information about Scholarships can be found here.

Financial Support

Bolton School is a fee paying school, but financial support may be available through the Bursary Scheme. The School has worked hard to raise funds for the scheme to enable talented youngsters whose parents would find it difficult to pay fees to attend the School; currently more than one in five of the pupils receives 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; in rare instances, some funding may also be available to applicants to other year groups. Financial support for a limited period of time may also be found for current students whose parents suffer subsequent hardship. More information about our Bursaries can be found here.

Enquiries about financial support can be addressed at any time to Mrs Charlotte Saunders, the Bursary Officer, on 01204 840201 ext 329, or contact her by email

Apply Now

You can download the Girls' Division Application Form and the School's Admissions Policy here: