|Location||Nunthorpe Avenue, Millthorpe
|Local authority||City of York|
|DfE URN||121706 Tables|
|Former name||Nunthorpe Grammar School|
It is situated in South Bank, York, and can be accessed via the A59 Scarcroft Road. It is close to two primary schools in Scarcroft Primary School and Knavesmire Primary School. It is also closely located to the former Terry's chocolate factory.
Millthorpe School is the successor to Nunthorpe Grammar School, one of two single sex male state grammar schools in the City of York, which opened in 1920, and Mill Mount Grammar School for girls, whose pupils moved to the Nunthorpe site.
Nunthorpe Grammar School
Nunthorpe Grammar School was centred on Nunthorpe Court, a large Victorian house built in 1856. The house was adapted to meet its new role as a school in 1920.
At first the school was entirely contained within the mansion. Now the house is used purely for offices and staff rooms, the Headteacher’s office being situated in what was the main bedroom. The school was added to at various stages as it grew in popularity. In 1927 a new wing was opened, containing four new classrooms, an art room, two storerooms and a cloakroom. The stableboys’ sleeping quarters from the old house were converted into a new school library. The stables themselves were converted into two laboratories. Even the stable yard was pressed into service. It was roofed over and became the assembly hall, and later still the school’s dining room as it still is to this day. The current hall and the completion of the quadrangle classrooms came in 1937. In 1959 the gym was added as well as what was for the next 25 years to be known as the “new block”, the building containing laboratories and classrooms. A Sixth Form block was added in 1974, although this block is now used for science laboratories and languages classrooms. In 1984 a new sports hall was built.
Mill Mount Grammar School for Girls
This was a girls' grammar school on Mill Mount Lane, also known as Mill Mount Girls' Grammar School. Until 1974 it was administered by the City of York Education Committee, then North Yorkshire County Council until 1985. In 1965 there was a plan to turn York comprehensive by 1970, with Nunthorpe and Mill Mount joining to become a sixth form college, and the two other grammar schools becoming a comprehensive. In 1985, this school site became All Saints RC School.
Millthorpe Comprehensive School opened in 1985 when the city changed over to a comprehensive system.
The school gets above-average GCSE results.
Notable former pupils
Nunthorpe Grammar School for Boys
These names are according to year(s) spent at the school, starting with the earliest. Undated alumni are at the end in alphabetic order.
- Prof David Bulmer [1930s], Professor of Human Morphology from 1970-84 at the University of Southampton Medical School
- Dr Gerald Bulmer [1932-9], Rector from 1970–85 of Liverpool Polytechnic
- Robert King [1938-45], Chairman from 1987-98 of the Social Security Appeal Tribunal
- Charles Whiting [1938-45], author who also published under the pseudonyms Leo Kessler, Duncan Harding and John Kerrigan.
- David Reeder [1942-49], historian of education and town planning.
- Roy Forman [1943-50], Managing Director and Chief Executive from 1985-94 of the Private Patients Plan (now owned by AXA) (1943–50)
- Christopher David, documentary film-maker (1971–76)
- Peter Fowler CMG [1947-54], High Commissioner to Bangladesh from 1993-6
- Vincent Cable [1954-62, and head boy 1962-3], Liberal Democrat MP since 1997 for Twickenham
- Ian Goodall [1959-66], archaeologist
- Steve McClaren [1972-77], former England football manager.
- David Kennedy [c. 1973-78], Chief Executive since 2007 of Northampton Borough Council
- Mark Addy [1975-80], actor
- Marco Gabbiadini [1979-84], ex-professional footballer.
- Nicholas and Jonathan Peacock (barristers) [c.late 1970s early 1980s], sons of former Conservative MP Elizabeth Peacock
- Doug Cline, leading nuclear physicist
- Liam D'Arcy Brown, travel-writer
- Nick Miller, BBC weather forecaster
Mill Mount Grammar School for Girls
- Margaret Hayman (née Crann), President from 1982-3 of the Mathematical Association (1934–41)
- Sue Doughty (née Powell), former Liberal Democrat MP for Guildford (1959–66)
- Karen Jones CBE, founder of the Café Rouge restaurant chain, and Chief Executive of Spirit Pubs (part of Punch Taverns since 2006) from 2002-6, and now owner of Food and Fuel pubs (1967–74)