Manchester Grammar

Manchester Grammar
Manchester Grammar
School Type:
The Manchester Grammar School, Old Hall Lane, Manchester M13 0XT
M13 0XT
Manchester (Greater)
0161 224 7201 ext 243
1740, Upper sixth 193
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Founded in 1515 by Hugh Oldham, Bishop of Exeter, to promote ‘godliness and good learning’. It moved in 1931 to Fallowfield where it grew to its present size. The buildings have been constantly added to – recently a new junior school, a well-equipped theatre and drama studios, and a sports hall; facilities are excellent. The playing fields are adjacent and the whole area covers 36 acres. Each year about 200 boys join, from widely differing backgrounds and from a broad area of the north-west. Intellectually and academically very high-powered, its examination results are consistently excellent and very large numbers go on to Oxbridge. A well-qualified teaching staff provides all pupils with a broad, traditional and flexible curriculum. It now offers the International Baccalaureate alongside traditional A-levels. All the major religions are represented in the school and religious studies, taught as an academic discipline, forms a fundamental part of the curriculum. It is very strong in music, drama, art and design. An excellent range of games and sports is offered, in which high standards are attained. There is a vast and diverse range of co-curricular opportunities and many boys represent the country in various disciplines. The Duke of Edinburgh programme is strong (38 Gold Awards in 2015). There is considerable emphasis on outdoor pursuits and the school owns sites in the Peak District, Grasmere and South Stainmore in Cumbria. Local community schemes are active.

School Head:
High Master: Dr Martin Boulton, in post from 2013. Educated at Derby School in Bury and Manchester Grammar School, and at the universities of Nottingham (mining engineering) and Manchester (PGCE). Previously Under Master (Deputy Head) at Westminster School and taught at Sherborne. Prior to teaching, he worked in the mining industry for DeBeers and in corporate finance for Arthur Andersen. Teaching staff: 192 full-time.
GCSE/IGCSE: 167 pupils in fifth, all gaining at least grade C (92% grade A) in 8+ subjects. A-level/IB: 193 pupils in upper sixth. All those taking AS/A-levels passed in 3+ subjects with an average final points score of 420; of those taking the IB, all gained the diploma with an average of 37.6 IB points.
98% of sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course, 15% to Oxbridge and some to Ivy League universities eg Harvard and Yale. 13% take courses in medicine, 27% in science, maths and engineering, 50% in humanities and social sciences; a few go on to art or music colleges or straight into careers.
Music, art & design and drama are all included in the core curriculum and offered as extra-curricular activities. Music: 20% of pupils learn a musical instrument in school (many more take lessons outside school). Several recent members of the National Youth Orchestra and National Children’s Orchestra; a number of recent Oxbridge organ scholarships. Musical groups include choirs and orchestras. Drama: Many pupils take part in plays, drama workshops and musicals. Art and design: Clubs for art, pottery, photography and computer design. There are regular exhibitions and public performances both in school and at public venues.
All boys take part in timetabled games. Some 15+ sports offered, including football, rugby, judo, diving and golf. Regional and national representatives in many sports eg rugby, swimming, football, cricket, table tennis and cross-country. Also Duke of Edinburgh (38 Gold Awards in 2015); community service; links with local SEND schools and inner-city community schemes; annual fund-raising activities for local and national charities (Σ60,000 raised in 2015). More than 150 clubs and societies in Senior School (70 in Junior School), eg philosophy, debating, war hammer, astronomical, aviation, climbing.
Old Mancunians’ Association, has many regional sections. Contact via the Development Office Secretary, Mrs Jane Graham, c/o the school.
Sir William Barlow (chairman of the Post Office); Lord (Geoffrey) Tordoff (Lib Dem politician); Sir Ben Kingsley, Robert Powell (actors); Sir Nicholas Hytner (director of the National Theatre); Professor Sir Michael Atiyah (mathematics); Alan Garner (children’s author); Sir Howard Davies (former Chairman of FSA and director of the LSE); Martin Sixsmith (journalist); Mike Atherton (cricketer); John Crawley (former IPCC commissioner); Paul Ormerod (economist and writer); Sir Walter Bodmer (geneticist), Michael Crick (political editor of Newsnight); Stanley Fink (hedge-fund chief executive and philanthropist); Michael Wood (historian); Dr Rangan Chatterjee (doctor); Faisal Islam (journalist and broadcaster).
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