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Bolton School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information 2024

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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.


Bolton School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024


Address: Chorley New Road Bolton BL1 4PA

County: Greater Manchester

Admissions info (girls’ school): or 01204 840201 

Admissions info (boys’ school): or 01204 840201

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


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, please get in touch with the relevant Admissions Office. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:



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


For Year 7 entry, your child will be formally assessed (for entry) in January of Year 6. The exam is paper-based, covering three broad areas. 


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).


Bolton School (Girls’ and Boys’ Division) 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format


The 11+ exam at Bolton School consists of the following papers:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning


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 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’ and Boys’ Division)


English: multiple-choice comprehension


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


Full Practice Tests


11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


Technical English +

Skill Specific Practice


11+ Punctuation


11+ Sentence Completion


11+ Spelling Pack 3


11+ Comprehension Pack 1


11+ Comprehension Pack 2


11+ Inference Skills Pack 1


11+ Inference Skills Pack 2




11+ English Masterclass


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Mathematics: multiple-choice format


For significant improvement of your child’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+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Money


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Problem Solving Pack 1


11+ Problem Solving Pack 2


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Speed, Distance & Time


11+ Statistics




11+ Mathematics Masterclass


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Non-Verbal Reasoning


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


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


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Analogies


11+ Classes Like


11+ Classes Unlike


11+ Extended Series


11+ Figure Classification


11+ Figure Matrices


11+ Horizontal Codes


11+ Series


11+ Triangle Matrices


11+ Triangle Series


11+ Star Matrices


11+ Vertical Codes




11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Masterclass


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This interview guide covers all the key concepts your child needs to be aware of for the 11+ Interview:


11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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.


Other entry points for Bolton School:


Click here to learn about Year 3 entry via the 7 Plus (7+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

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