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The 100/500 Celebrations

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In 2015–2016, we are celebrating 100 years of the Foundation on its present site and 500 years of Bolton School.

In 1915, Lord Leverhulme brought together Bolton Grammar School for Boys and Bolton High School for Girls under one foundation sited on Chorley New Road, split into the Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions that we know today.

In 1516, Bolton Grammar School for Boys was recorded as “a going concern”. This is the earliest known reference to the school which would ultimately form Bolton School Boys’ Division. It is also the first record of a school in Bolton, and one of the earliest in Lancashire. Consequently 2016 is the 500th anniversary of education in Bolton.

A number of events and activities are planned throughout the two anniversary years to mark these auspicious dates, and all members of the School community are warmly invited to join us in these celebrations.  For more information about the celebrations and commemorations still to come, please visit the 100/500 microsite.  

Since 2010, as part of the build-up to the 100/500 Celebration, the School has been commemorating a number of clubs and societies which have been active for a whole century. This has involved inviting back alumni such as Chess Grandmaster Nigel Short, royal photographer Ian Jones, and the Old Boltonians’ AFC to mark the various anniversaries. The Decade of Centenaries will continue until 2019.



Calendar of Celebration Events

Centenary Ball The anniversary celebrations will come to a close with a Centenary Ball on Saturday 25th June 2016, open to all members of the School community. Ticket information will be published in February 2016. A number of events have already been held to mark the 100/500 celebrations: Bridgewater Hall Gala Concert The anniversary...

'The Best of Both Worlds' - Commemorative Book

To mark the 100th Anniversary of the Foundation, a commemorative publication, titled The Best of Both Worlds, has been published.  The Best of Both Worlds tells for the first time the interwoven story of two Schools which share a common vision and heritage, and a single remarkable site. Beautifully illustrated, with both newly commissioned and...

100 Objects

The 100 Objects Project aims to celebrate the places and objects that best typify life at Bolton School. Nominations for the 100 Objects were taken during the 2012-13 academic year and a full list can be seen below. Voting for the 'Top Ten' Object continued throughout the 2014-15 academic year, and the final list, announced at the two Grand...

A Decade of Centenaries

Since 2010, the school has been celebrating a Decade of Centenaries, honouring the 100th anniversaries of a diverse variety of activities and events throughout the school. 1910-2010: 100 Years of Photography 1911-2011: 100 Years of Chess 1912-2012: 100 Years of Flag-Flying 1913-2013: 100 Years of the Makant Cup 1914-2014: 100 Years of...