School History

‘Once a Riv always a Riv’ – a simple phrase that not only reflects the impact our school has had on all those who have walked its corridors, but also says so much about the character of the people who make up the Rivington and Blackrod school family.

We are fortunate to have such a beautiful looking school.  However, it is now, and always has been, the people that make our school so special.  Generations of pupils talk of a ‘family spirit’ that is founded on strong relationships and outstanding care, guidance and support.  This spirit is the constant that links our current school community of around 1900 pupils and 240 staff with much smaller school rolls in times gone by. 

There is no future without a past and so below is a chronological history of Rivington and Blackrod High School.  We are hoped that you are touched by our school and enjoy finding out more about us.  

Chronological timeline

1520 James Pilkington founder of Rivington Grammar School was born at Rivington Hall.
1545 James Pilkington appointed as the vicar of Kendal
1560 James Pilkington becomes Bishop of Durham
1566 Charter of foundation for Rivington Grammar School granted to James Pilkington by Queen Elizabeth I (13th May)
1568 The foundation of Blackrod Grammar School (via the will of John Holme)
1576 The death of James Pilkington (aged 55)
C1575 Opening of Rivington Grammar School (in Rivington Village, on the site of the current primary school)
1715 First Rivington Grammar School rebuilt (on same site)
1875 Rivington Grammar School and Blackrod Grammar School combined to become a single educational establishment
1882 New Rivington & Blackrod Grammar School opened on new (current) site in Rivington Lane School Chapel built
1892 Formation of Old Rivingtonians’ Association
1905 Girls first admitted to Rivington & Blackrod Grammar School
1909 First annual dinner of the Old Rivingtonians’ Association
1910 House system introduced (Holme, Queen’s and Pilkington)
1912 The Pilkington Window (East) unveiled in the school chapel
1922 The War Memorial Window (West) unveiled in the school chapel
1929 New building extensions at Rivington & Blackrod Grammar School
1956 Further building extension at Rivington & Blackrod Grammar School
1958 Headmasters’ house converted to classrooms (new house acquired for Headmaster in Lever Park Avenue)
1966 Quarter Centenary Celebrations of school’s foundation (May 13th)
1973 Rivington and Blackrod High School established (A comprehensive school formed from the amalgamation of Rivington & Blackrod Grammar School and Horwich County Secondary School
1974 Centenary of Old Rivingtonians’ Association
2004 The Brook Learning Partnership is formed, a collaborative partnership with Ladybridge High School  The Pathway Centre opened – a joint build between Rivington and Blackrod High School and Lord Street Primary School
2005 Rivington and Blackrod High School awarded International School Status The Powerwave Skills Centre in Blackrod opens its doors to over 100 learners offering construction skills qualifications Rivington and Blackrod High School is awarded Investor in People Champion Status
2007 Rivington and Blackrod High School is awarded Healthy Schools Status
2008 Rivington & Blackrod High School is awarded the Educational Establishment of the Year Award at the 11th ERA Annual Awards
2009 Rivington and Blackrod High School achieves the Basic Skills Quality Mark and the Inclusion Quality Mark
2010 Rivington and Blackrod High School is awarded the You’re Welcome Award for its Teenage Health Provision
2011 Rivington and Blackrod High School is re-accredited for Investor in People Champion Status – Gold Award and the Cultural Diversity Award
2012 Rivington & Blackrod is awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark Award and the Secondary Geography Quality Mark
2014Rivington and Blackrod High School is re-accredited for Investor in People Champion Status – Gold Award

Rivington and Blackrod High School
Rivington Lane
Rivington
Bolton
BL6 7RU

Tel: 01204 333266
Fax: 01204 333264
Email: head@rbhs.co.uk

Lower School and The Pathway Centre
Albert Street
Horwich
Bolton
BL6 7AW

Tel: 01204 333366
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Email: lowerschool@rbhs.co.uk

Rivington and Blackrod Sixth Form
Rivington Lane
Rivington
Bolton
BL6 7RU

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Fax: 01204 333264
Email: sixthform@rbhs.co.uk

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