Bolton School (Girls)

School:
Bolton School (Girls)
School Type:
Address:
Bolton School Girls’ Division, Chorley New Road, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 4PB
Postcode:
BL1 4PB
Region:
Lancashire
Telephone:
01204 840201
Gender:
Girls
Pupils:
808, Upper sixth 118
Fees:
Σ3836
Enquiries:
the Headmistress
Description:

Founded in 1877, under the provision of the first Viscount Leverhulme. The boys’ and girls’ divisions, together with their junior schools, are a single foundation; the senior schools and the girls’ junior are all set in 32 acres on the western side of Bolton. The site comprises of the handsome stone school buildings and their grounds, playing fields and a pretty woodland area. The school is well equipped with a fine library, spacious hall and a fully-refurbished traditional theatre. There is also an arts and conference centre and an indoor sports complex with swimming pool. Examination results are consistently very good. Music and drama are strong and involve a large number of pupils, who reach high levels of achievement. A wide range of sports and games is available and the school has many representatives at county, regional and national level. Numerous clubs and activities cater for extra-curricular needs and the school has an outdoor pursuits centre, Patterdale Hall, in the Lake District. Regular expeditions at home and abroad are organised. Pupils also have a commitment to the school’s local community service and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. There are many joint activities with the boys’ division, including music, drama and the debating society.

School Head:
Headmistress: Miss Sue Hincks, in post from 2011. Educated at Oxford University (modern history and modern languages). Previously Senior Deputy Head of The King’s School, Worcester. Teaching staff: 79 full time, 22 part time.
Results:
GCSE: 121 pupils in Year 11; 99% gain at least grade C in 8+ subjects, with an average of 10.6 subjects (89% of pupils included English, maths, a science, a humanity and a modern language). A-levels: 118 in upper sixth, passing an average of 3.4 subjects with a final point score of 390.
Furtherhigher:
98% of sixth form leavers go on to a degree course, 10% to Oxbridge. 25% took courses in science and engineering, 20% in social sciences, 31% in arts, 11% in vocational subjects and 11% in combined courses.
Arts:
Music: Many pupils learn a musical instrument or take singing lessons; instrumental exams can be taken. Several musical groups including 4 choirs, orchestra, 2 string orchestras, 2 concert bands, jazz band, flute, clarinet choirs, saxophone, percussion and other ensembles. Pupils play in many local youth orchestras, National Children’s Orchestra and smaller specialist groups. Many joint musical activities with the Boys’ Division. Drama and dance: Both offered. Many pupils are involved in joint and school productions. Art and design: On average, 40% take GCSE, 8% A-level. Design, pottery, textiles, food technology also offered.
Sport:
Sport: Athletics, badminton, basketball, cross-country, dance, gymnastics, health-related fitness, lacrosse, life-saving, netball, rounders, synchronised swimming, swimming, tennis, volleyball compulsory at different ages. Sixth form only: football, rugby, golf, rock climbing, self-defence, trampolining. RLSS exams may be taken. National representatives in lacrosse, water polo; other pupils in regional and county lacrosse teams and county netball team. Netball and lacrosse teams successful in the North of England; athletics, swimming and tennis teams locally. Sports clubs for elite squads and those participating in on a recreational basis. Activities: Pupils take Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze, silver and gold awards. Community service optional. Many clubs including computing, literary and debating, life-saving.
Alumni:
is run by Mrs C Haslam, c/o the School.
Formerpupils:
Dame Janet Smith QC; Baroness Ann Taylor, Baroness Patricia Morris (politicians); Monica Ali (author).