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Hesketh House is Lord Leverhulme Tribute

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

The great granddaughter of Lord Leverhulme, the Honourable Mrs Heber-Percy, was the guest of honour at a Bolton School foundation stone laying ceremony, which was held to celebrate the construction of a new Junior Girls' School on the campus.  The school will be called Hesketh House, in tribute to Lord Leverhulme whose full name was William Hesketh* Lever.  It was Lord Leverhulme's vision and endowment in 1915 that brought Bolton High School for Girls and Bolton Grammar School for Boys together to become Bolton School (Girls' Division and Boys' Division).  The new £5 million Junior Girls' School is being built by Bolton based contractors G & J Seddon.

Seddons began work on the new school in July 2009 and despite the recent extreme weather and challenges of the site, the project remains on programme with a completion date of mid-July 2010.  The building is now virtually water tight with the internal steelwork and the roof in place and the external structure and brickwork is moving along at a rapid pace.  The completed building, which is expected to open officially in September 2010, will provide a state-of-the-art facility with large classrooms utilising the very latest in technological equipment.

Head of the Girls' Division at Bolton School, Mrs Gill Richards, said: "The building of this new state-of-the-art 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!"

The Hon Mrs Heber-Percy, who is also a governor at the School, added: "It is a huge honour to be involved with today's event and see how work is progressing on the new school. Already it is clear that the new building will be a great investment in education for future generations, and a fitting legacy for my great grandfather."

Jonathan Seddon, Managing Director of G&J Seddon said:  "Bolton School has a reputation for its quality buildings and beautiful surroundings and the new junior school will be a fantastic addition to this learning environment. We are delighted to be involved with this project and look forward to handing over another state-of-the-art building for the pupils at Bolton School."

Imogen Swift, aged 7 and the youngest girl in the Junior School, said: "It is very exciting to watch the new school being built and I can't wait to move in next year!"

The new Junior School is part of a wider building project carried out by Seddons for Bolton School and follows the completion of the new Infant School Beech House, and extensions and refurbishments to the existing Boys' Division Junior School, which make up part of an £18 million investment into the education and futures of young people in the borough.

 

* The Hesketh name was a dual tribute to his mother, Elizabeth Hesketh and to the unrelated wholesale grocers Stones & Hesketh who had taken on William's father as a partner in 1841. 

 

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Foundation Stone Laying

Back row: The Hon Mrs Jane Heber-Percy, Mr Michael Griffiths (Chair of Governors), Headmistress Mrs Gill Richards, Mr Alistair Baines (architect) and Mr Glyn Williams (Seddons' Contracts Manager)Front row, left to right: Imogen Swift and Emma Duper, Head Prefect