Bolton School pupils and staff celebrated as they moved into their new, state-of-the-art infants' school. Each year group (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) processed from their old school, Beech House, to their new school on Dobson Road, next to the School's Nursery. Boys and girls carried large blue balloons and sang songs as they were cheered on by parents, children from the Nursery and pupils from the Junior Girls' School.
The co-educational infants' school, which has taken just over a year to build, is part of an £18 million investment in new buildings and facilities at Bolton School.
Mrs Crawforth, Head of the Infants' School said: "It was fantastic to see the children entering their new school. It was somewhat emotional to leave the old Beech House but the facilities in the new school are outstanding. This represents a real investment in the future of young people in the region. We believe we now offer the best of both worlds - whilst maintaining our best traditions and high standards of care and achievement, pupils will benefit from much larger classrooms and will be able to utilise the very latest in technology."
View pupils and staff enjoying their new school.
After consultation with parents and pupils, it was decided that the school will retain its name of Beech House. In December 2008, Sir Alan Cockshaw, a world-renowned civil engineer and recently retired Chairman of Governors at the School, laid the foundation stone. The official opening will take place in the Autumn Term.
Mrs Richards, Head of the Girls' Division at Bolton School, to which the Infant School belongs, said: I am delighted, the finished school exceeds all expectations; it is spacious and much more suitable for the modern infant curriculum."
Extensive work on Bolton School Junior Boys has also recently been completed, including internal alterations and a new extension. The governors of the School will meet shortly to discuss the building of a new Junior Girls' school on the site of the old Beech House.