Stunning New Sixth Form Centre for Bolton
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Bolton School's Governing Body has given the official go ahead for the construction of a stunning new Sixth Form Centre, which will be built in the heart of the Chorley New Road campus. Architecturally, the glass and sandstone building promises to provide a dramatic contrast to the School's Neo-Gothic façade and turrets.
Work on the £7 million three-storey, elliptical building will begin in mid-July after the Summer Term has ended. It is expected to take a year to complete, meaning Sixth Form students will be able to enjoy their new Centre from September 2013. It will sit centrally and will join up the Centre Quadrangle, finally realising the vision of Lord Leverhulme when he re-endowed the School in 1915. Two-storey glazed walkways will join the new building to the Girls' Division and Boys' Division senior schools.
Bolton School's Chairman of Governors, Michael Griffiths, said: "We are very excited about this project. It will give independence to Sixth Formers and will complement the outstanding teaching that they already receive. The Centre will mean we continue to provide the best of both worlds - single-sex education for over 400 Sixth Form students but in an environment where there are many joint activities and where there is much interaction in the shared Common Room and café area. I am sure they will also enjoy using the new ICT suite, quiet study areas, seminar rooms and exhibition space. Whilst the majority of our Year 11 pupils progress into the Sixth Form, we also attract new students into the School in Year 12 and this project is a major investment into their lives."
This is the third phase in what has been an £18 million building programme, which has seen the completion of a new Infant School, a new Junior Girls' School and an extension and refurbishment of our Junior Boys' School.