Below is a chronological history of Rivington and Blackrod High School:

  • c.1520: James Pilkington founder of Rivington Grammar School born.
  • 1560: James Pilkington becomes Bishop of Durham.
  • 1566: James Pilkington granted a Charter of Foundation for Rivington Grammar School by Queen Elizabeth I (13th May).
  • 1568: The foundation of Blackrod Grammar School.
  • 1572: Robert Dewhurst becomes first Head Teacher of Rivington Grammar School.
  • 1875: Rivington Grammar School and Blackrod Grammar School merge.
  • 1882: Rivington & Blackrod Grammar School opened on Rivington Lane.
  • 1904: Formation of Old Rivingtonians’ Association 1905 Girls first admitted to Rivington & Blackrod Grammar School.
  • 1912: The Pilkington Window (East) unveiled in the school chapel.
  • 1922: The War Memorial Window (West) unveiled in the school chapel.
  • 1966: Quatercentenary Celebrations of school’s foundation (May 13th).
  • 1973: Rivington and Blackrod High School established.
  • 2016: 450 year celebrations of schools foundation (May 13th)