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Bolton School Girls’ Division // 12+, Year 8 Entry » Key Details

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Bolton School is an independent day school in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Catering for almost 2,400 pupils, it is one of the largest independent day schools in the country. [1]


In the Girls’ Division, the curriculum is regularly reviewed and taught by qualified and enthusiastic staff. In this way, the school keeps track of the latest developments in the areas of education and ensures that the academic (and non-academic) provision is both relevant and engaging. 


Featuring an impressive number of clubs and societies, Bolton inspires learning beyond the classroom and enables students to forge firm friendships alongside a plethora of soft skills. Everything from drama, cookery and chess to climbing, jazz band and swimming is on offer, enriching and drastically improving the educational experience. [2]


Trips abroad are organised on a regular basis, ensuring that girls maximise their capacity for tolerance and mutual respect through first-hand experiences with people from different cultures. Destinations have included Iceland, India, Israel, Switzerland, Tanzania and the USA (Washington DC). [3]


Besides its standard entry point (11+), the school also accepts Year 8 applications. To assess pupils for 12 Plus entry, Bolton School Girls’ Division administers the CEM Select test. 


CEM Select is created by the Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), which is part of Cambridge Assessment.


Bolton School Girls’ Division 12 Plus (12+) Admissions Information


Applications for Year 8 places are considered at any time. The admissions process includes an interview with the Head and current school references. 

Please note that scholarships and means-tested bursaries are not typically available to 12+ applicants. However, a candidate who demonstrates exceptional academic ability and whose family income meets the school’s criteria, may be considered for a bursary.


Bolton School Girls’ Division 12 Plus (12+) Exam Information


Address: Chorley New Road, Bolton BL1 4PA

County: Greater Manchester

Admissions info: [email protected] or 01204 840201

School type: Independent day school for girls

Open days: In the Spring and Autumn terms

Exam type / Board: CEM Select


As part of the assessment process for late transfer entry, your child will be asked to complete the CEM Select assessment. 


The test contains a number of unusual question formats that your child is unlikely to have encountered before. These include drag and drop digits and sentence auto-completes.


The assessment will be divided into a series of highly time-pressured sections. Your child doesn’t necessarily need to complete all the questions in each section to do well.


Bolton School Girls’ Division 12 Plus (12+) Exam Format


The CEM Select assessment will cover the following areas:


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning


The Verbal Reasoning section of the test assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using words, with a special focus on depth and breadth of vocabulary.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning section requires your child to solve problems using shapes and patterns with the main focus on one specific question type.


The Numerical Reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using numbers and arithmetic.


Bolton School Girls’ Division 12 Plus (12+) Practice Tests


Our CEM Select practice tests are highly accurate, ensuring that your child’s preparation is targeted and efficient. 


Each timed module is marked automatically. Your child will then be able to review every question in detail with clear step-by-step explanations.


Statistical averages, based on the scores of other students who have taken the same practice test, are provided so you can get an idea of your child’s relative performance against their peer group. Click the below links to learn more and purchase: 


Online Practice Tests

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Skill Practice

📌CEM Select – Letter Connections

📌CEM Select – Missing Words

📌CEM Select – Multiple Meanings

📌CEM Select – Selected Letters

📌CEM Select – Related Words


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The information in this post was 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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