Rivington Foundation Primary School History

Our School has a long and varied history!
450 years old in 2016!



Built in 1566 by the endowment of Bishop Pilkington of Durham, with a Royal Charter granted by  Queen Elizabeth I . Named as Queen Elizabeth’s Free Grammar School for Boys, our school  has seen many changes. Originally out on the moors, with no trees for shelter, it provided education  to the boys of the local area.


It has seen many re-builds since then and changes to status …..particularly when the Grammar moved out to a larger School building . 1882 saw the amalgamation with Blackrod Grammar to form the present Rivington and Blackrod High School on it’s current site with our school becoming the Primary school.


Walking around School and the grounds there are many reminders of its rich history.

Have you seen the Mounting Block? (Some say whipping post!) The Governors’ initials from 1714 are on a stone plaque on the front wall above the porch. They saved the School from an uncertain future by raising the money to restore and renovate it; after a period of decline and deterioration.  A newer plaque on the porch itself has the Governors’ initials from 2014….a 300 year celebration!


Inside School, the friendly and welcoming atmosphere holds many memories of times gone by, whilst combining modern day education with respect for all that has gone before.

Our School Council, with children from all key stages, works hard, often raising money for charitable causes’  alongside school led needs. These ideas, together with any queries and opinions, are sought from their peers and brought to Council meetings.

Our Y6 children are Monitors in school, with the responsibilities of House Captains, Sports’ Captains, Head Boy and Girl posts all being shared throughout the year; recognising and celebrating effort and awareness of others , good citizenship.

Our four Houses: Silver Birch, Rowan, Hazel and  Willow reflect the surrounding environment, with our logo showing our much- prized Rivington Squirrel in a tree. Just as Rivington – held dear by all those who are connected to here- has its place in  the wider world today . (See below for Logo images).

Being part of Rivington is a link that lasts a lifetime. We have heard from past pupils of all ages  – with the most amazing memories from a lady in her 80’s who has written with fond memories of  her time here. To be  a part of these continuing traditions and values is something we treasure and hold dear.