Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about Bolton School Girls' Division's Sixth Form.
Why should I join Bolton School's Sixth Form?
If you are a bright, enthusiastic and dedicated student you should give the Sixth Form at Bolton School some serious consideration. We have everything in place here to help you achieve your dreams - a tradition of academic excellence, wonderful facilities and an amazing portfolio of extra-curricular and social events that will allow you to build leadership, team-working and interpersonal skills. Our Higher Education and Careers Guidance is second-to-none and there are numerous opportunities to listen to experts in their field and to visit HE institutions.
The Sixth Form is small enough to allow our highly qualified teachers to really focus on your individual needs - we don't just get you to where you want to go, we equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes that you will carry with you throughout your life.
What sort of GCSE grades will I need?
You should expect A grade passes in the subjects that you wish to follow at Advanced Level, or the nearest equivalent in the case of subjects not being taken at GCSE. You should also expect a minimum of 6 good grades (A/B) at GCSE. External candidates will also be interviewed and references sought. Find out more about the Girls' Division Sixth Form Admissions.
As a new student to Bolton School, will I feel left out? I assume all the other students will already know one another and will be in their own friendship groups?
Each year, 5-10% of our Sixth Form is made up of students new to Bolton School. They are always quick to settle into life at the School. Yes, 90% or so of the students will be moving up from Bolton School's own Year 11 but these young women are very aware of the arrival of new students and they will go out of their way to befriend you. I think they appreciate some new faces around the place! Don't worry, you will be warmly welcomed into the fold. The size of our Sixth Form means that all girls get to know each other very quickly.
You will have opportunities to visit the School before you officially join Year 12 and get to know staff and other girls in your year.
What will the classes be like?
You will certainly notice a difference from your GCSE studies. Classes will be smaller and although each teacher has his or her own style, you will appreciate that the learning process has become much more of a partnership between you and the member of staff as you work together to reach your full potential. Rather than studying a broad range of subjects like you did at GCSE, you will now study just a few subjects but in much greater depth. You will not just be spoon-fed the information; you will be encouraged to ask more questions, to pursue your own research and to think independently. There is a great deal of work to get through and you will have to be disciplined and organised in your approach to learning both in and out of the classroom.
Can I come and have a look around the School?
Yes, of course. In many ways the best way to see the Sixth Form is to come and visit us. During term time you can always contact the Mrs Julie Holland on 01204 840201 and arrange a mutually convenient time to come in and visit the School. You might want to come along to our Sixth Form Open Evening, which is held in November each year.
How many new students do you take on each year?
Numbers vary slightly each year but we usually admit about 110 students into each year of the Sixth Form, of whom anything from 5 to 30 will be new to the School.
Are there any opportunities to mix with the Boys' Division?
We like to think we have the best of both worlds here. The Girls' Division and Boys' Division are right next to each other and there is a lot of social interaction with the boys. From September 2013, the Sixth Form from both Divisions came together in a joint building, the £7m Riley Sixth Form Centre, where they share recreation and study spaces. The majority of lessons continue to be taught in single sex groups in the Divisions. (A few subjects are taught in mixed classes in the Sixth Form; they are: Theatre Studies, Computer Studies, Greek and, in some years, Latin and Classical Civilisation. In addition, Religious Studies and Government and Politics are not offered in the Boys’ Division and so, in some years, boys may ask to join these groups.)
I'd like to come but there's no way I'd be able to afford the fees.
We aim to offer an education for all, irrespective of the ability to pay. Thanks to generous donations from former members of the School, we have some money to offer Bursaries to those girls who perform the best on the Interview Days and whose family’s financial circumstances warrant support.
Where do people go afterwards and what sorts of careers do they follow?
We have been sending Old Girls into the world for over 135 years and they have made quite an impact!
Upon completion of A Level study, the vast majority of our students (well over 95%) go onto Higher Education; most of them to their first choice university.
We have a global network of Old Girls and Old Boys working in a wide variety of different careers, many rising to the very top of their profession. The list of former pupils is a prestigious one and includes many captains of industry and household names - learn more about the Old Girls' Association (OGA). Particularly active branches of the OGA can be found in London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Bristol, Cumbria and, of course, Bolton.
If you have any further questions or you would like to arrange a visit to the School, you can contact the Headmistress's Secretary by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01204 840201.