Our Church Foundation

The School is a Church of England voluntary controlled Specialist Technology College 11-18 High School and Training School, founded originally in 1566 by the Bishop of Durham to prepare young men for the clergy. The school has held an important place in the local community for centuries, firstly as a grammar school with a charter granted by Queen Elizabeth 1 on 13th May 1566. The school was opened in Rivington village on the site of the current primary school. It was rebuilt in 1715 and then combined with the Blackrod Grammar School in 1875. The Rivington and Blackrod Grammar School then moved to the present site on Rivington Lane in 1882. A school chapel was built in 1892 and is still in regular use. In 1973 Rivington & Blackrod High School was established. This is a comprehensive School formed from the amalgamation of Rivington & Blackrod Grammar School and Horwich County Secondary School.

The school’s instrument of government establishes a governing body consisting of 6 parent governors, 2 local authority governors, 3 staff governors, 3 community governors, 1 sponsor governor and 3 foundation governors appointed by the Church of England. The governing body is charged with ‘recognising the school’s historic foundation to preserve its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England’. Our distinct Christian Ethos is exhibited through our commitment to ‘Servant Leadership’  with its focus on faith, hope, love and other values such as compassion, humility, justice, peace, endurance and creation. The school therefore aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice; encouraging an understanding of the meaning and significance of religious faith and promoting Christian and other religious values through the experience it offers to all of its pupils.

We place a major emphasis on faith in action having a large number of local partnerships and networks, and encouraging extensive community service to meet local and also international needs through organisations.

Good religious education enriches pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’[1] The school has a pattern of collective worship which is based around year assemblies, occasional chapel services and form period worship. The chapel has recently, with the help of local clergy, provided a focus for students and staff on the occasions of the death of a student and a member of staff.

The Religious Studies Department is responsible for religious studies throughout the school.  This department enables the development of religious knowledge of the students in regard to Christian and other religious faiths. Also, through its emphasis on thinking about the nature of belief, it challenges students to reflect on how beliefs affect and are applied to their daily lives. Groups are entered for G.C.S.E and A Level Religious Studies. Religious Studies at Rivington and Blackrod High School alongside other curriculum areas and the school’s ethos and climate, plays an important part in ‘promoting the spiritual, cultural, mental, and physical development of pupils at school, to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult life.’[2]

Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form has recently had a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. We were very pleased with the outcome which recognised Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form as being a Good School.  To read the full Inspection Report, please click on the link here.

[1] Bolton Agreed Syllabus

[2] Section 1 of the 1988 Education Reform Act    

RBHS School Prayer

O Lord, we thank you for the rich inheritance that we enjoy in this school;
for the life and vision and courage of our Founders; and for the loyalty and generosity of all who have dedicated their service and their lives to this school. 
May we in our generation have the grace to use to the utmost all that we receive here;
so that by the way we live, by the way we work, by the way we pray,
and by the way we serve you and one another, we may enrich this school for the benefit of others and the fulfilment of ourselves.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord


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