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A Brand New School for Junior Girls

Monday, 01 June 2009

Bolton School is delighted to announce the building of a new school for Junior Girls, aged 7 to 11 years. The School's Governing Body has officially given the go ahead for the project, which it is expected will cost in the region of £5 million.

The new three-storey building will be erected within the Bolton School campus on Chorley New Road and will sit on the site of the old Infants' School, which has recently moved to brand new premises on Dobson Road.

The building will begin over the summer and the School is delighted that the building work will be undertaken by Bolton based contractors G & J Seddon, who also completed the construction of the new Infant School (for boys and girls aged 4 to 7 years). It will take one year to complete and it is anticipated that pupils will be able to move into their new school in the term beginning September 2010.

Head of the Girls' Division at Bolton School, Mrs Gill Richards, said: "We are thrilled that building work will commence on the purpose-built state-of-the-art Junior School. This is a major investment in the lives of young girls across the region. Large classrooms and outstanding facilities will help us to deliver an education which combines the best of tradition and innovation. Moving the Junior School to their own site will also free up more classroom space in the Senior School and allow us to expand our curriculum provision."

Clerk and Treasurer at the School, Mr Simon Marsden, said: "This is Phase II in our £18 million building programme and it represents the next very exciting stage in Bolton School's development as we seek to offer the very best in education for future generations from across the region."

Mrs Sarah Wilson, the Head of the Girls' Junior School, commented: "I am very proud to be leading the talented and dedicated Junior Staff Team in this most significant of events in the history of The Junior School at Bolton School Girls' Division. The girls, staff, parents, governors and I warmly welcome this exciting development and eagerly await the move to our new premises next year. The new build will provide our pupils and future generations with a unique opportunity to continue to develop their full potential in a very happy and caring community, perpetuating Lord Leverhulme's legacy."

Other Relevant Facts:

  • Start date is Monday 13 July 2009 - finish date should be end July 2010...a 53/54 week contract, with the new school opening ready for the 2010/11 academic year, subject to any adverse weather or other unforeseen issues.
  • The 'site logistics - girls' junior' form (downloadable below) illustrates the latest proposed implications to the site in terms of access routes, safety measures and boundary fencing. The recently created Grounds Committee will be the school wide forum to discuss all of the consequential matters - the inaugural meeting is Monday 6th July and involves three representatives from each Division.
  • Beech House should be demolished during the summer holidays...! Anyone wishing to photograph this should contact John Newbould, jnewbould@boltonschool.org for access arrangements.
  • There will be a 2 metre high panel fence around most of the construction site (same as used for the new Beech House site) and mesh fencing to some parts.
  • A webcam will be installed on the Arts Centre to monitor the build, as we did for the previous phase.
  • Most of the construction vehicular access will be from the existing Tudor Avenue grounds maintenance entrance, although some access will be needed at evenings and weekends through the Centre Archway. The pitch nominated for use by the Contractor will be reinstated with the appropriate drainage schemes just after Practical Completion.
  • Staff parking will be largely unaffected and it is hoped some additional temporary spaces will be available on the old Beech House playground adjacent to the perimeter site fencing. There will be some impact to the out of hours parking for parents' evenings, concerts and other events - the Estates and Arts Centre team will endeavour to manage this efficiently as possible.
  • By the beginning of September, all the fencing will have been erected, site cabins and materials yard installed, Beech House demolished and hopefully the steel frame of the new building will be visible.

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The front of the building and main entrance

The front of the building and main entrance

The playground view

The playground view