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Wednesday, 06 July 2011
Hesketh House, the Junior Girls' School of Bolton School has
been officially opened by Sir Richard Brook, Director of the
Leverhulme Trust. In a ceremony attended by all 188 girls
aged 7 to 11 years of age, he unveiled a plaque which marked the
official opening of the new state-of-the-art
The special assembly saw the Head Prefects at the School, Anu
Jain and Amy Henderson, deliver their reflections on the year and
the contents of the time capsule which is to be buried underneath
the school. There was flute playing and some joyous singing
by the girls before Mrs Brierley, Headteacher at Hesketh House,
told the girls that all present were privileged in being able to
bring "life and soul into this new school" and that it was
important to remember that each of us is blessed and should treat
every day with wonder and awe.
Parents then joined the party and there was a toast to the new
school and a cake-cutting. The afternoon ended with each
child letting off a Hesketh House balloon, which symbolised the
"learning without limits" ethos of the school.
Girls and teachers have been enjoying this spacious and modern
building since last September. It 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 £5m school, designed by architects Cassidy and Ashton
and built by Bolton based contractors G & J Seddon
in just over a year, is part
of an £18m programme of investment in new buildings and facilities
at Bolton School.
The school was called "Hesketh House" as 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 the Bolton School (Girls' Division and Boys' Division)
that we know today.
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