Bolton School Infants

Foundation Stone is Laid for New School

As Christmas approaches, the festive holidays aren't the only thing being celebrated at Bolton School. On Friday 12 December, a special event was held to mark the laying of the foundation stone at the new state-of-the-art Infant School which is being built by Bolton based contractors, G&J Seddon.

Sir Alan Cockshaw, a world-renowned civil engineer and recently retired Chairman of Governors at the School, was a special guest at the celebratory occasion and was invited to lay the first stone; marking the start of external stonework at the £5.2m project.

Hilary Crawforth, Head of the Infants' School said: "This is a very exciting stage in the development of our new infant school, which will give children room to develop their skills in attractive accommodation with excellent facilities. Our best traditions and our high standards of care and achievement will be maintained as we look forward to an exciting future."

Sir Alan Cockshaw added: "It is a huge honour to be involved with today's event and see how work is progressing on the site. But we must remember that it isn't just about the buildings but more importantly about the investment that is being made in education for future generations."

Work began on the new school in Spring 2008 and already all internal steelwork and the majority of the roof have been completed. The external stone and brickwork is now underway with completion expected in Spring of next year. On handover, the new Infant School will provide a state-of-the-art facility with large classrooms utilising the very latest in technological equipment.

The Infant School is part of a wider building project which sees Bolton School make a £12million investment into the education and futures of young people in the borough. Current work also includes extensions and alterations to the existing Boys Division Junior School on Park Road, converting temporary buildings into permanent structures.

The expansion plan will see the Girls' Division Junior School move to its own purpose built centre on the current Beech House Infants' site, which will free up more classroom space for the senior years.

Sir Alan Cockshaw, recently retired Chairman of Governors, lays the foundation stone for the new Infants School

Sir Alan Cockshaw, recently retired Chairman of Governors, lays the foundation stone for the new Infants' School