2016 represents the celebration of 500 years of education at Bolton School. Building on the Centenary festivities during 2015-16, a varied range of events have been planned.

The Tillotson 500 Lecture Series

In this special year, instead of one Tillotson Lecture, a series has been planned, to cover a number of key aspects of school life. To reserve a place at any of the Tillotson Lectures, please contact Jayne Higham in the Boys’ Division School Office on jh3@boltonschool.org or 01204 840201:

  • June 30th 2016: Architecture – The buildings of Bolton School inspire its ethos in so many ways. The sense of purpose and distinction gives those who work within them something to aspire to, whilst the equality of the Divisions reflected an age yet to be, when they were built. On the evening of Prize Giving and during the day in School, Old Boy Robin Partington, lead architect behind the “the Gherkin” and founding partner of Robin Partington and Partners, will share his life and times as an architect, considering in a variety of ways how building form and function inspire the lives within.
  • September 22nd 2016: Magna Carta- The Foundation of Human Rights– The academic life of the School, the century old Debating Society, and our concern for society are all represented by this academic talk on the 800 year old Magna Carta the development of refugee law and the modern concept of Human Rights. Old Boy and Immigration Judge Roy Battersby will give this talk.
  • November 24th 2016: Long Distance Learning – The active life of the School is part of its enduring ethos; an active mind in a healthy body. Many boys take up interests at School that become lifelong hobbies. The final lecture in the Tillotson 500 Series will be given by one of our foremost athletes, Chris Eatough who attended Bolton School from 1986 to 1990. He went on to study Civil Engineering at Clemson University in South Carolina and continued to pursue athletics and sports in equal measure, playing “soccer” for the highly ranked Clemson Tigers team. Towards the end of his time at Clemson, Chris discovered a passion for mountain biking that grew into a full-time career as a professional endurance mountain bike racer on the Trek Factory Team. Chris’ 14-year bike racing saw him compete all over the globe to win six world championships and five national titles in 24 hour solo mountain bike racing.


Sporting Events

To mark our 500th anniversary, the School will host two significant national sporting events, at which spectators will be very welcome:

  • The Independent Schools’ Football Association (ISFA) Sixes – School will host the national U18 competition on Sunday 11th September 2016. At this all-day event we will also unveil an honours board recording those who have led sport at Bolton School across the last century. All supporters welcome on the Levels!


Musical Events



The Headmasters’ Board.

On May 9th 2016, former Heads, family and friends will gather to see the unveiling of a board for B corridor in Boys’ Division, naming the known roll call of Headmasters from the 16th century to date. Following this event, which will be invitation only, guests will join the Old Boys’ Association for one of their regular lunches in the Arts Centre. If you would like to attend the Old Boys’ lunch on the 9th May, please contact the Development Office on development@boltonschool.org or 01204 434718.

Lunchtime Concerts

During the summer term, a series of lunchtime concerts will be taking place in the Arts Centre, Main Hall, between 1.20pm and 2.15pm. Admission is free and the concerts are open to all members of the School Community. If you have any enquiries, please contact Jeremy Bleasdale on 01204 840201 or email jcb@boltonschool.org.uk

  • Thursday 14th April, Chetham’s School of Music Students’ Concert
  • Thursday 21st April, ‘Northern String Quartet’
  • Thursday 28th April, Bolton School Students’ Concert
  • Thursday 5th May, ‘North Winds’ Wind Quintet