Byrchall High School
|Motto||Be the best that you can be|
|Headteacher||Mr A.R. Birchall|
|DfE URN||138699 Tables|
|Former name||Ashton-in-Makerfield Grammar School|
|Website||Byrchall High School|
Byrchall High School is secondary school and specialist Mathematics and Computing College with academy status, located in the Ashton-in-Makerfield area of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester.
It has a mixed intake of both boys and girls aged 11–16. The current pupil population is approximately 1,200. The current headteacher is Mr. Alan Birchall. Byrchall High School is one of three secondary schools in Ashton, the other two being St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, located next to Byrchall High School, and Cansfield High School.
It was founded in 1588 as Ashton Grammar School by Robert Byrchall on land donated by wealthy local land owner William Gerrard. The original building in Seneley Green is now Garswood Library. Through the school, Ashton-in-Makerfield Grammar School Old Boys F.C. (now known as Ashtonians AFC) entered the Lancashire Amateur Football League in 1951.
In 1960, Lancashire Education Committee proposed to amalgamate the school with Upholland Grammar School when the school had around 450 pupils. The school was administered by Wigan from April 1974. By 1973 the school had 700 pupils and 800 by 1975.
It became a comprehensive school in 1978.
The school became an academy on 1 October 2012.
The school has been involved in several different Fair Trade schemes, consisting of a tuckshop and various fund raising events. Most recently, four pupils visited Moshi, Tanzania, as Byrchall has links with the local Wazalendo High School.
The school's pupils generally obtain above-average GCSE results; one of the few schools in Wigan LEA to achieve this which is not a faith school.
Ashton-in-Makerfield Grammar School
- Sir George Bishop CB OBE, Chairman from 1972-9 of Booker-McConnell, President from 1957-8 of the International Sugar Council
- Prof Jeffrey King, Professor of Civil Engineering from 1953-72 at Queen Mary, University of London
- Rear Adm Robert Love OBE, Chief Naval Engineer Officer since 2008
- Rodney Robert Porter, biochemist, won the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering the structure of antibodies, Whitley Professor of Biochemistry from 1967-85 at the University of Oxford
- Sir John Randall, physicist who invented the cavity magnetron, currently found in microwave ovens
- Reginald Treharne, Professor of History from 1930-67 at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth