• The Iconic Clock Tower Entrance
  • The Arts Centre 'Main Hall' in its former state as school swimming pool

About Us

About Us

Here at Bolton School Arts & Conference Centre, we pride ourselves on delivering a service built on quality, reliability and tradition. We have a wealth of experience within our weddings team and have delivered hundreds of weddings over many years. We can offer a complete service to meet all your requirements whether that’s arranging a pianist for some entertainment during your wedding breakfast or adding those little touches to your day to make it extra special. We also have our own fleet of executive coaches and mini-buses which can transport your guests during the day – or even for your stag/hen party! Our weddings team will be available to discuss your requirements from the moment you first make contact up until after your special day. Whether you just hold an evening reception or have your complete day with us, you will receive the highest standard of service to reflect the grandeur of the venue setting.

Bolton School History

Bolton School is one of the oldest schools in Lancashire. The origins of the Boys’ School can be traced back to at least 1516 when the Bolton Grammar School for Boys was recorded as being “a going concern”. In 1644 it was endowed by Robert Lever and so began a long and close relationship with the Lever name.

The iconic clock tower entrance

The iconic clock tower entrance

History, Swimming Pool

The Arts Centre main hall

The Bolton Girls’ Day School was established in 1877 and was one of the earliest public day schools for girls in the country. It was quickly renamed to Bolton High School for Girls and moved to the Park Road site (where the current Junior Boys’ School stands) in 1891, where it was opened by the suffragist Mrs Millicent Fawcett with 67 girls.

In 1913 Sir William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme, gave a generous joint endowment to the High School for Girls and the Bolton Grammar School for Boys on condition that the two should be equal partners known as Bolton School (Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions). On 1 April 1915, the Bolton School Foundation formally came into existence.

William Lever’s vision included the building of a new school, with one wing for boys and one for girls. War delayed the construction and it did not begin until 1924: it was only fully completed in 1965.

The School is looking forward to celebrating 500 years of history and will begin a year of activities in 2015 (100 years after the School was re-endowed), culminating with a 500 year party in 2016.

A full history of the School can be downloaded by clicking here A History of Bolton School.