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Year 7 Learn Lord Leverhulme’s Legacy

Monday, 14 September 2015

The Year 7 boys’ first SPACE Programme session was dedicated to learning about the legacy of Lord Leverhulme. The SPACE Programme is the name given to the School’s curriculum enrichment programme, and dedicates one Monday afternoon each fortnight to a range of activities designed to expand the boys’ learning beyond the normal timetable.

Lord Leverhulme – or William Hesketh Lever – is Bolton School’s most notable benefactor, and the person responsible for the Bolton School Foundation as it exists today. In 1915, he gave a joint endowment to Bolton Grammar School for Boys and Bolton High School for Girls on the condition that the two would join together as one school, divided into Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions.

As well as hearing about the origins of Bolton School, the Year 7s heard more about some of the traditions, including Boys’ Division Monitors’ ties, Girls’ Division Prefects’ gowns, and the honours boards in both Divisions.

It was also fascinating for them to hear about life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Lord Leverhulme was alive, and some of his other enterprises, such as Sunlight Soap and the corresponding village Port Sunlight, built to house workers at the factory. They also found out how William Hesketh Lever became Lord Leverhulme and his role in politics.

The talk was presented by Mrs Carol Haslam, an Old Girl and former Girls’ Division teacher, with assistance from four Year 7 boys.

In other SPACE sessions, Year 13 boys spoke to Old Boy Michael Yates via a live link with Hong Kong, Year 11 pupils attended a talk on Men’s Health issues from Old Boy Dr Alexander Brodie, and Year 9 learned more about the RNLI.

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Mrs Haslam talked to the boys about Lord Leverhulme

Mrs Haslam talked to the boys about Lord Leverhulme

One of the Year 7 boys who talked about William Hesketh Lever

One of the Year 7 boys who talked about William Hesketh Lever's life