Bolton School Former Pupils

Old Boltonians' Association

The Old Boltonians' Association was established in 1895, and works to encourage friendships and collaboration between its members, and with the School.

  • Message from the President of the OBA

    At the annual dinner in December I was honoured and delighted to be installed as President for 2020, the year which marks the 125th Anniversary of The Old Boltonians’ Association. It is a remarkable milestone. WE (Willie) Brown in his excellent History of Bolton School records that HF Matthews, Headmaster from 1892 to 1906, called together several...

  • History

    The Old Boltonians' Association has a world-wide membership of over 4,500 former pupils of Bolton School Boys' Division. It has existed in one form or another since 1895, at which time the school, then Bolton Grammar School, was a small one-room school with fewer than 100 pupils. The first Old Boys' Dinner was held in the Commercial Hotel, Bolton...

  • Distinguished Old Boys

    Our list of Distinguished Old Boys has been compiled to celebrate the achievements of our Alumni, and the success that they have enjoyed across a wide variety of professions and sectors, and to demonstrate the positive impact a Bolton School education can have on an individual in their later life. If you would like to nominate an Old Boy to be...

  • Find Your Path - Old Boltonians' Mentoring Scheme

    The 'Find Your Path' mentoring scheme was established in 2017 by a group of Old Boltonians keen to pass on their experience to recent leavers, enabling them to leverage the knowledge and contacts of the Old Boy network to their professional advantage. The scheme is offered to all young Old Bolts seeking support and guidance on their journey into...

  • OBA Ambassadors

    The Old Boys’ Association (OBA) Committee has been harnessing the enthusiasm and contacts of some of the younger Alumni in the run up to the Association’s 125th Anniversary, in 2020, by creating roles for a number of “Ambassadors”. Their remit is to raise the profile of the OBA within their peer group, and to play an integral role in shaping the...

  • Past Presidents

    Past Presidents of the Old Boltonians' Association 1939-48                     Dr B Thornley 1948-50                     A Holt 1950-52                     J M Howarth 1952-53                     Dr F Vause 1953-54                     R M Greenhalgh 1954-56                     Sir W Tonge 1956-57                     W H Haslam...

  • Old Boltonian Sport

    Details of the Old Boltonians' AFC, Rugby Club and Golf Society.

  • DVDs

    DVDs A number of nostalgic DVDs are available of old School camps, trek camps, and George Higginson’s History of the School. Roger Kirk’s Third and Fourth Form Camps (1963 to 1968)* 1963 – Heswall (by Dr F Jones) and Howick (40 minutes) 1964 – Heswall, Saundersfoot and Howick (1963) (77 minutes) 1965 – Heswall, Howick, and Saundersfoot...