New £5m Junior Girls' School Opens
Thursday, 09 September 2010
Bolton School Junior girls and staff are now enjoying their new state-of-the-art school, Hesketh House! The new building was ready for the start of the Autumn Term and the girls are now settling in well to their spacious and modern surroundings.
The brand new purpose built school comprises eight classrooms, its own large computer suite, a science room, a well-resourced library, an art/design and technology room and a main hall.
The new building, which sits on the site of the old Beech House, is known as Hesketh House - a tribute to Lord Leverhulme whose full name was William Hesketh Lever. It was Lord Leverhulme's vision and endowment in 1915 that brought Bolton High School for Girls and Bolton Grammar School for Boys together to become Bolton School (Girls' Division and Boys' Division). The great granddaughter of Lord Leverhulme, the Honourable Mrs Heber-Percy, was the guest of honour at the foundation stone laying ceremony in January 2010.
Mrs Brierley, Head of the Junior Girls' School said: "Our new school has been designed to complement the impressive buildings that already exist here, and the specification holds true to the original intention that Bolton school would be a school built to last. It is a beautiful building inside and out. Curriculum provision for the girls will now take place in well furbished, learner friendly classrooms. Separate rooms are dedicated to the pursuit of art and design, science and ICT, and the library which occupies part of the top floor would tempt even the most reluctant reader in. We look forward to the exciting teaching and learning opportunities that will take place in this wonderful setting as we watch this impressive school to come to life."
The girls are very happy with their new school. Year 5 pupil Paige Dobson said: "I love how it is so bright and how lucky we are to come to this school". Melissa Cartwright, also Year 5, added: "I like this school because we are no longer near the Seniors and the new school is modern and fantastic."
The £5m school, built by Bolton based contractors G & J Seddon, has taken just over a year to build, and is part of a £12 million investment in new buildings and facilities at Bolton School. Last summer saw the opening of a new purpose-built co-educational Infant School and over £1.5m worth of refurbishment work on the Junior Boys' School.