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Stunning New Sixth Form Centre to Provide Best of Both Worlds

Thursday, 03 February 2011

Students and staff are celebrating at Bolton School, having had planning permission granted by Bolton Council for the building of a new £7m Sixth Form Centre in the heart of their Chorley New Road campus.  

Architecturally, the glass and sandstone elliptical building promises to provide a stunning contrast to the School's Neo-Gothic façade and turrets.  The new centre will link to the main building with two-storey glazed walkways.  It will provide independence for over 400 Sixth Form students and will include an ICT suite, seminar rooms for project work and tutorial sessions, quiet study areas, a common room, a refectory café area, exhibition space and the main school reception. 

Mrs Gill Richards, Headmistress of the Girls' Division, said: "These are exciting times for Bolton School.  The Centre will provide the best of both worlds in that girls and boys will share the facilities, including the Common Room, but lessons will continue to be taught in single sex environments, something that we strongly believe benefits the students.  The new building will complement the excellent teaching and opportunities that our students already receive." 

Mr Alistair Baines, Director of Cassidy and Ashton architects, commented: "From a design perspective, once completed,the Centre will help illustrate the best of modern design against the traditional background of the school. The effect will be sensational and will provide an attractive and stimulating environment for the students.  This will be the latest project in our 30-year relationship with Bolton School." 

The school will be funding the development from donations and hopes to begin the building work in the next few years.

The building of the Sixth Form Centre will mark the final stage in a building programme which has seen the construction of a new Infant School, a new Junior Girls' School and a refurbishment and extension of the Junior Boys' School.

 

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New Sixth Form Centre

The new shared Sixth Form Centre will be situated at the heart of the campus

Glass walkways will link the new centre to the Girls' Division and Boys' Division senior schools

The view of the new centre as one enters Bolton School through the centre arch