Altrincham Grammar School for Boys

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Altrincham Grammar School for Boys
Altrincham Grammar School for Boys (1).JPG
Motto Labor Omnia Vincit
(Work conquers all)
Established 1912
Type Grammar school;
Headteacher T J Gartside
Location Marlborough Road
Bowdon, Altrincham
Greater Manchester
WA14 2RS
Coordinates: 53°22′37″N 2°21′04″W / 53.376925°N 2.351055°W / 53.376925; -2.351055
DfE number 358/5404
DfE URN 136458 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1152
Gender Boys
Ages 11–18
Colours Green and red

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


The school is a fully selective non-fee paying grammar school with admission via an entrance exam. It had foundation school status which allowed a degree of independence from the local education authority, but from 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.

This century[edit]

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 Technology, new ICT suites, the new Stamford Hall canteen,a new sixth form block, a Food Technology room, and The Grammar gym.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Former teachers[edit]

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 exams[citation needed]. The school does have a catchment area where a boy living very close-by can have a good chance, however some students travel all the way from Lymm and thus commute to and from school. Boys can also use the local Hale railway station, which is 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. ^ Bowen, Rick (28 June 2010), "Altrincham jazz great is coming home - Alan Barnes talks to Messenger", Messenger Newspapers, Newsquest Media Group 
  3. ^ Professor John Morrill, Cambridge University, retrieved 15 May 2012 
  4. ^ Fred's big day – Green Guide presenter honoured, Manchester Metropolitan University, 23 July 2007, retrieved 21 June 2011 
  5. ^ "Fred Talbot: Ex-weatherman jailed for schoolboy abuse". BBC News. 13 March 2015. 

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