Monday, 25 January 2010

The Bolton School Weekly Report: 16-22/1/10

18-22 January 2010

This week offered another significant milestone in the history of Bolton School. The Hon Mrs Jane Heber-Percy, the great granddaughter of Lord Leverhulme and a governor at the School, laid the foundation stone for the new building, Hesketh House, which will, by September 2010, become the new state-of-the-art Junior School for the Girls’ Division. The name of the school pays tribute to William Hesketh Lever who, as Viscount Leverhulme in 1915, endowed the School, bringing together Bolton High School for Girls and Bolton Grammar School for Boys to become Bolton School (Girls' Division and Boys' Division).

Headmistress, Mrs Gill Richards, said: "The new school will give the pupils even better facilities and represents a major investment in the lives of young girls across the region. We will educate about 200 girls from 7 to 11 years of age. The current Junior School is situated within the Senior School so the move will help give the school its own separate identity, whilst freeing up more classroom space and allowing us to expand our curriculum provision. We look forward to an exciting future!"

We wish all the girls and boys who sat our Entrance Examination on Tuesday of this week the very best of luck. It was a busy day and, given the current economic climate, we were very pleased that application numbers were commensurate with years gone by. Indeed, the Girls’ Division Senior School saw the highest number of girls sitting the exam in the past 5 years. Anyone who missed the exam has a final chance to apply for September 2010 by entering the supplementary exams next week (Tuesday 26 January for the Girls’ Division Senior School and Thursday 28 January for the Boys’ Division Senior School). Anyone wishing to sign up for these exams should call 01204 840201.

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