Bolton School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details

Introduction

 

 

Bolton School is an independent day school in Bolton, Greater Manchester. With almost 2,400 pupils, it is one of the largest independent day schools in the country.

 

Bolton School (Senior) has Girls’ and Boys’ Divisions. The construction of the Boys’ Division and Girls’ Division buildings began in 1924, and their main wings were completed in 1965.

 

At Bolton School, both girls and boys feel cherished, understood and secure whilst educated in a friendly and respectful, single-sex environment. In such an environment, students forge strong friendships that support and sustain them throughout their lives. 

 

Boys and girls get to know each other through mutual participation in the extra-curricular programme, comprising over 100 clubs and activities in addition to orchestras, choirs and sports teams. The superb facilities, exceptional range of extra-curricular activities and the variety of community action programmes, ensure that pupils approach adulthood with skills, virtues and traits of immense value to them and others.

 

The curriculum in the Senior Schools is designed to provide pupils with the ability to pursue academic excellence, whilst ensuring both breadth and depth of understanding. It allows the possibility of two or more foreign languages to be taken through to GCSE, offers a wide choice of 4 AS subjects, as well as three science subjects as separate disciplines at GCSE.

 

By combining traditional academic rigour with opportunities for self-expression and creativity, students at Bolton School are provided with a high-quality education, characterised by strong numeracy and communication abilities and dextrous technological skills.

 

Bolton School enrolls children from a wide range of nursery, primary and secondary schools and from many different social and cultural backgrounds. All of them are provided with equal opportunities to reach their full potential, achieve the highest grades possible at A level and build a rich and diverse CV that will help them progress to the university or career of their choice.

 

 

11 Plus (11+) Exam Information for Bolton School

 

 

Address: Bolton School Chorley New Road Bolton BL1 4PA

County: Greater Manchester

Admissions info: hcaulfield@boltonschool.org or 01204 840201 (Girl’s Division)

Admissions info: afenton@boltonschool.org or 01204 840201 (Boy’s Division)

School Type: Independent day school for girls and boys

Number of Students: 2400 (approx.)

Open day: October

11+ Exam Date: January of Year 6

11+ Exam Type / Board: School’s own 

 

 

Open Events for Bolton School 11 Plus (11+) Entry

 

 

The Open Mornings for both Divisions are set in mid-October. The Boys’ Division hosts Taster Mornings as well, which involve pupil-guided tours of the school.

 

All events take place during a normal school day. If you have an interest in attending these events, contact the Division’s Admissions Offices.

 

 

Bolton School 11+ Admissions (Girls’ Division and Boys’ Division)

 

 

For Year 7 entry, your daughter will sit an entrance examination in January of the preceding year.

 

The exam has four multiple-choice GL Assessment components:

 

  • Verbal Reasoning (50 minutes)
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning (20 minutes)
  • Mathematics (50 minutes)
  • English (45 minutes)

 

The English paper excludes the English essay question, however, some extended writing may be required in the interview stage.

 

For the Boys’ Division, there are three GL Assessment multiple-choice assessment papers and a group task:

 

  • Mathematics paper (50 minutes)
  • English paper (45 minutes)
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning assessment (20 minutes)
  • Group Task (50 minutes)

 

Girls or boys who perform well on exam day will be invited for an interview (late January or early February). Interviews, together with the Headteachers’ reports and the entrance examination performance are used by the school to evaluate your child’s abilities. Following these, offers of places will be posted (in March).

 

To fill in an application for Year 7 entry, click here.

 

 

Bolton School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

 

Your child will sit 11+ examinations in January. They comprise maths, English, Verbal Reasoning (Girls only) and Non-Verbal Reasoning papers.

 

The English paper is multiple-choice and covers comprehension and technical English (punctuation, spelling and sentence completion). The mathematics paper tests problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills in a multiple-choice format.

 

The Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning papers cover your child’s reasoning abilities. Verbal Reasoning is primarily designed to test and assess her logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary. The Non-Verbal Reasoning paper is designed to measure the ability to understand, interpret and problem-solve, testing logic and intelligence rather than knowledge.

 

Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Bolton School 11+ entrance examinations.

 

 

How to Prepare for the Bolton School 11 Plus (11+) Exam

 

 

One of the best ways to prepare for a competitive entrance exam is to use our practice tests. Getting to know the types of questions and the format of the actual exam will help boost your child’s confidence.

 

Aside from becoming familiarised with the exam format, our practice tests will ensure that your child responds to the questions in an efficient and effective manner. 

 

They also provide an excellent opportunity for your child to practise working under time pressure. Whilst doing the tests under timed conditions, children can get used to answering questions quickly, with a close attention to detail.

 

Our 11+ practice tests are thoroughly researched and up to date. They are designed to reflect the demands of a competitive entrance exam and are successfully used by tens of thousands of students every year.

 

They are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase. Please see below our recommended packs to help prepare your child for the Bolton School 11+ entrance exam.

 

 

Bolton School 11+ Exam Practice Papers (Girls’ Division)

 

 

English: multiple-choice comprehension + writing

 

To successfully prepare your daughter for Bolton School 11+ English paper and the writing assessment, make use of the following multiple-choice packs. They will help further develop her comprehension and writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and inference:

 

Comprehension

 

11+ English Pack 1 

 

11+ English Pack 2 

 

11+ English Pack 3 

 

11+ English Pack 4 

 

11+ Inference Skills

 

Technical English 

 

11+ Punctuation

 

11+ Sentence Completion

 

11+ Spelling Pack 3

 

Writing (at interview stage)

 

11+ Writing Guide

 

11+ Writing Prompts

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1

 

11+ Spelling Pack 2

 

Mathematics: multiple-choice format

 

For significant improvement of your daughter’s mathematical skills within the examination context of the Bolton School 11+ maths test, we suggest that you make use of the following packs in the GL Assessment style:

 

Full Practice Tests

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 1

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 3

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 4

 

Skill Specific Practice

 

11+ Problem Solving Pack 1

 

11+ Problem Solving Pack 2

 

11+ Angles & Degrees 

 

11+ BODMAS 

 

11+ Estimation & Place Value 

 

11+ Factors & Multiples

 

11+ Operations

 

11+ Probability

 

11+ Ratio & Proportion

 

11+ Sequences

 

Non-Verbal Reasoning + Verbal Reasoning

 

The following tried and tested packs of practice tests cover all of the key question types that could come up in the Bolton School 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning papers:

 

Non-Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 3

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 4

 

Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests 

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4

 

Verbal Reasoning: Skill specific practice

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Anagrams

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Analogies

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Codes

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Compound Words

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Embedded Words

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Form a Word

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Insert a Letter

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Analogies

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Calculations

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Codes

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Sequences

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Move a Letter

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Analogies

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Calculations

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Sequences

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Shuffled Sentences

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Completion

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Match

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Opposites

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Pairs

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Puzzles

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Relationships

 

 

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Bolton School 11+ Exam Practice Papers (Boys’ Division)

 

 

English: multiple-choice comprehension + writing

 

Use the following packs to successfully prepare your son for Bolton School 11+ multiple-choice English paper. They will improve his comprehension and writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and inference:

 

Comprehension

 

11+ English Pack 1 

 

11+ English Pack 2 

 

11+ English Pack 3 

 

11+ English Pack 4 

 

11+ Inference Skills

 

Technical English 

 

11+ Punctuation

 

11+ Sentence Completion

 

11+ Spelling Pack 3

 

Mathematics: multiple-choice format

 

In the lead up to the Bolton School 11+ (multiple-choice) maths exam, we highly recommend that you prepare your son in accordance with the following packs:

 

Full Practice Tests

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 1

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 3

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 4

 

Skill Specific Practice

 

11+ Problem Solving Pack 1

 

11+ Problem Solving Pack 2

 

11+ Angles & Degrees 

 

11+ BODMAS 

 

11+ Estimation & Place Value 

 

11+ Factors & Multiples

 

11+ Operations

 

11+ Probability

 

11+ Ratio & Proportion

 

11+ Sequences

 

Non-Verbal Reasoning

 

For the Non-Verbal Reasoning assessment, the following pack will ensure that your son is familiar with all the types of questions covered in the actual Bolton School 11+ exam:

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 3

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 4

 

 

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Why do some of the recommendations above show me grammar school papers?

 

The main difference between independent and grammar school papers is the question format. Independent schools usually assess with standard format questions, which means students need to write out full answers. Grammar schools usually use multiple-choice format questions.

 

Whilst Bolton School is an independent school, they actually use the grammar school (multiple-choice) format for some of their exams, which is why they are included in the recommendations above.

 

 

Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Bolton School 11+ exam past papers. The information provided about Bolton School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.

 

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