As of the Autumn Term 2013, Sixth Form students at Bolton School moved into the £7m Riley Sixth Form Centre. The stunning glass-fronted three storey building gives independence to more than 400 Sixth Form students and includes an ICT suite, seminar rooms with touch-screen tvs, quiet study areas, a common room, a refectory cafe area, exhibition space and the main school reception.
The Riley Centre is at the heart of the campus and completes Lord Leverhulme’s vision of a central quadrangle based on the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge. It is linked to the Senior Girls’ and Senior Boys’ Schools by two-tier glazed walkways.
Philip Britton, Boys' Division Headmaster, said of life in the new centre: “We are delighted with how the building has turned out and we look forward to educating future generations of Bolton School students and those girls and boys who join us in the Sixth Form from other schools. This wonderful new facility provides students from both Divisions with a hub for social activities and study, allowing us to retain single sex teaching whilst creating an environment in which boys and girls will study and relax together. It provides the best of both worlds and the ideal platform for university life.”
Year 12 student, Nathan, said: “Having this centre gives us more independence and makes us feel more like students and less like pupils. However, we still retain unique leadership responsibilities and are seen as role models to younger pupils.”
The building received substantial funding from alumni of the School and is named after the campaign’s lead benefactor, Ian Riley, an Old Boy who was a pupil from 1974 to 1981. Its completion marks the fourth stage in a building programme which has seen the construction of a new Infant School, a new Junior Girls' School and the refurbishment and extension of the Junior Boys' School.
The Sixth Form Centre was designed by Cassidy and Ashton Architects and built by Seddons.