Sale Grammar School
|Headteacher||Mark Smallwood |
|Specialisms||Visual Arts and Science|
|DfE URN||106371 Tables|
|Students||1,260 (approx.) including 315 Sixth Form students |
|Colours||Purple, Silver and Gold|
Sale Grammar School is a selective school with a dual specialism in the visual arts and science. The school is located in Sale to the south of Manchester, England. The school became an Academy Trust Grammar School in 2011. Admission to the school is through its own entrance examination. Trafford LA operates a fully selective secondary education system with grammar and high schools. The most recent Ofsted report rated the school as "outstanding".
The school was opened in 1991 by Princess Alexandra following the merger of Sale Boys' Grammar School and Sale Girls' Grammar School on the site of the old girls' school on Marsland Road. The boys' school was located on Moss Lane, but since the merger, this site has been converted into a housing development. At the time there was quite bitter disappointment from many parents who had spent time campaigning and fund raising to build a pavilion on the fields, which was demolished to make way for the new houses. A second site, the Claremont Centre located near Sale town centre, is used for sixth form teaching.
The School is split into two sites: the main Marsland Road site and the Sixth Form Claremont Centre.
The main Marsland Road site as it stands today consists of:
- the main building, which includes the following:
- a three-story Science block
- a gym
- several computer suites
- most classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards
- the school library / learning resource centre with ICT facilities
- the canteen (which is now 'cashless' through thumb print technology)
- the Maths/Art block (including media suite with ICT Apple Mac suite)
- the Technology block (including two workshops, a new kitchen classroom, two Apple Mac ICT suites, two laptop trolleys and textile equipment)
- the English block (all classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards)
- the Sports Hall.
- an all weather Artificial turf pitch
- two fully equipped music rooms
The site has extensive fields towards the rear on which two football pitches, a rugby pitch, a running track, and two sandpits are situated. Also between the fields and the school buildings is a large concrete area which incorporates a further two sandpits, four dedicated tennis or netball courts, 4 ping pong tables, a basketball pitch and an area used by pupils to play sports during break and lunch periods.
The school has more than 400 computers, 4 ICT suites are available, one media suite with Apple Mac computers, and also a language lab. Technology uses mainly MacBooks and Mac Minis too.
Situated in Sale town centre, a mile from the main site, Claremont is used exclusively for Sixth Form lessons and some GCSE language exams.
Notable former pupils
Sale Boys' Grammar School
- Prof Geoffrey Eglinton, Professor of Organic Geochemistry at the University of Bristol from 1973–93
- Brian Fender, former Vice-Chancellor of Keele University from 1985–95 and Chairman of BTG plc from 2003–8
- Bob Greaves, former main presenter of Granada Reports, and presenter/reporter on Granada Television from 1963–1999
- Joe Corrigan, former Goalkeeper of Manchester City FC from 1967–1983, and England national football team from 1976–1982
- Lee Boardman, Actor best known for playing Jez Quigley from 1999-2000 in Coronation Street
- Steve Dinneen, journalist for London-based business newspaper City A.M.
- Alexander Peter Ronald Smith, Actor best known for his work as Neil from The Inbetweeners. The Inbetweeners was a huge hit for Channel 4. Alexander was also a pioneer for children with concentration problems receiving additional time in exams. Critically acclaimed author of "extra time and me" a story about one young boys struggles with concentration and IBS issues.
Sale Girls' Grammar School