Bolton Junior (Girls)

Bolton Junior (Girls)
School Type:
Bolton School Junior Girls’ School, Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4PB
01204 840201
The Junior School Secretary

Founded in 1877 and is the junior school to Bolton School’s Girls Division, to which almost all girls progress. The boys’ junior and senior schools are part of the same foundation. The school shares a campus with the senior schools, in an urban setting just west of Bolton’s town centre and close to the M61 and M6. The school is housed in its own separate, state-of-the-art building, with excellent new facilities, including a library, spacious classrooms, a large hall, IT suite, laboratory and art and design facility. It also shares with the other schools extensive sports fields, swimming pool and gymnasium, a drama studio and arts & conference centre. The school is academically selective and encourages creativity and independent thinking, enquiry and problem solving. It provides many opportunities for girls to develop their talents outside the classroom; music and sport are particular strengths. There are regular residential visits to Patterdale Hall the school’s own outdoor pursuits centre in the Lake District.

School Head:
Head: Carol Laverick, in post from 2016. Educated at Edinburgh University. Previously Head of Westholme Junior School, and taught at Bolton School Junior Girls and St Nicholas School, Hampshire. Teaching staff: 10 full-time, 2 part-time.
Pupils take the entrance exam for the associated senior school at age 11.
99% of pupils go on to Bolton School Girls’ Division; all must pass entrance exam.
Up to 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams may be taken. Musical groups include choir, flute, recorder and orchestra groups. Majority of pupils involved in school drama productions (scenes from Romeo and Juliet recently). New art and design facilities. Art is offered as an extra-curricular activity. A number of concerts and drama productions annually; all involved in Christmas concert.
Compulsory sports: netball, hockey, lacrosse (winter), tennis, rounders, athletics (summer). On-site facilities include tennis courts, swimming pool, lacrosse pitches, netball courts, gym and playing fields. Girls compete in local leagues, in friendlies with other independent schools and AJIS tournaments. Teams successful at netball, cross-country, biathlon and swimming, often reaching national finals; combined team (with brother school) regularly wins town athletics championship. Activities: Emphasis placed on community service; pupils raise large sums for local and national charities (Σ1000+ for Haiti disaster appeal). Abseiling, gorge walking, sailing available in school’s outdoor pursuits centre, Patterdale Hall, in the Lake District. Up to 30 clubs and activities: academic clubs eg maths, classics, science; sporting clubs, eg gym and run for fun; several music clubs; board games, Young Leaders Group; girls also play chess nationally.
Mrs Carol Haslam c/o the school (