Altrincham Grammar School for Boys

Coordinates: 53°22′37″N 2°21′04″W / 53.376925°N 2.351055°W / 53.376925; -2.351055
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Altrincham Grammar School for Boys
Marlborough Road

WA14 2RS
Coordinates53°22′37″N 2°21′04″W / 53.376925°N 2.351055°W / 53.376925; -2.351055
TypeGrammar school;
MottoLabor Omnia Vincit
(Work conquers all)
Department for Education URN136458 Tables
HeadteacherG Wright
Age11 to 18
HousesTatton, Massey, Stamford, Bradbury
Color(s)Green and red

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys is a boys' grammar school in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England.


The school is a fully selective non-fee paying grammar school with admission via an entrance exam. Its previous status as a foundation school allowed for a degree of independence from the local education authority, until in 2011, under the government's education reforms, it attained Academy status.


The school was founded as Altrincham County High School for Boys (ACHS) in 1912 as a result of the Balfour Education Act, to provide secondary education (partly fee-paying) for an area which stretched from Sale to Knutsford.

It opened with 57 pupils and 3 staff (Headmaster, Deputy and one secretary), housed in the red brick building which still forms the central block of the school today. The south wing and the assembly hall were added in 1938 and the science block, gymnasium and workshops in 1964.

In 1974, the school passed from the control of Cheshire County Council to the newly formed Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council. It remained under Trafford's control until 1996 when it became a grant-maintained school. In 1999, it evolved into a foundation school, when grant-maintained school status was abolished.

In September 2003, the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) awarded the school specialist school status as a Language College.[1]

Recent[when?] additions include new blocks for art and design, new ICT suites, the new Stamford Hall canteen, a food technology room, and The Grammar gym.

In October 2013, a new physics centre was opened by the physicist Brian Cox,[2] housing six laboratories, a staff room and a large preparation room.

As of January 2021, the school completed a new building with an additional 9 classrooms, a new library, extra toilets and a small staff room. It is aimed to allow the school to increase their pupil intake per year.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Former teachers[edit]

  • Fred Talbot, weather forecaster (taught biology; convicted of indecent assault against two boys at the school)[5][6]

The Old Altrinchamians' Association[edit]

The Old Altrinchamians' Association is a former pupils' society with golf, football and cricket sections. The Association also holds an Annual Reunion Dinner and publishes an annual newsletter.

Feeder schools[edit]

Most of the schools in the local area enter their boys into the 11+ exams.[7] The school does have a catchment area where a boy living very close by can have a good chance. The priority catchment area is defined as the Postal addresses of WA13/WA14/WA15/M33 and M23 which lie within the Trafford Local Authority. However some students travel all the way from Warrington and Stockport and thus commute to and from school. Boys can also use the local Hale Railway Station or Altrincham Interchange, which are very close to the school.


  1. ^ "Specialist Schools Home". DfES. July 2006. Archived from the original on 3 August 2006. Retrieved 2 August 2006.
  2. ^ "TV Professor Brian Cox urges pupils to get excited about physics as he opens new centre". Manchester Evening News. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  3. ^ Bowen, Rick (28 June 2010), "Altrincham jazz great is coming home – Alan Barnes talks to Messenger", Messenger Newspapers
  4. ^ Professor John Morrill, Cambridge University, retrieved 15 May 2012
  5. ^ Fred's big day – Green Guide presenter honoured, Manchester Metropolitan University, 23 July 2007, archived from the original on 28 September 2011, retrieved 21 June 2011
  6. ^ "Fred Talbot: Ex-weatherman jailed for schoolboy abuse". BBC News. 13 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Altrincham Grammar School for BOys Admissions Policy 2023 Entry".

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