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.’ 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.’ ‘
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.
Bolton Agreed Syllabus
 Section 1 of the 1988 Education Reform Act