Magdalen College School, Brackley

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Magdalen College School
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Motto Sicut Lilium (As Lillies)
Established 1548
Type Academy
Religion Anglican
Master Ian Colling
Founder William of Waynflete
Location Waynflete Avenue
NN13 6FB
Coordinates: 52°01′48″N 1°09′04″W / 52.030°N 1.151°W / 52.030; -1.151
DfE number 928/4550
DfE URN 139158 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 183
Students 1503
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–19
Houses      Waynflete
     De Quincy
Colours              Navy Blue and White

Magdalen College School, Brackley, is one of three "ancient" Magdalen College Schools, the others being its sister colleges in Oxford and Wainfleet, Lincolnshire. Located in Brackley, South Northamptonshire, the school is on two sites (see history section): the former Secondary Modern site accommodates secondary schooling to Year Eleven, after which students transfer to the St John's site (the old MCS) for most of their lessons during the Sixth Form. Today the school has approximately 1,500 students, and averages 59% A*–C at GCSE.

Previously a boys' grammar school, then a voluntary controlled comprehensive school, it converted to academy status in January 2013. The St John's site is still owned by Magdalen College, Oxford, and they are represented on the governing body.


The site now occupied by the school was originally the Hospital of St. James and St. John, founded around 1150 by Robert le Bossu, Earl of Leicester. In 1484 it was given to Magdalen College, Oxford. By 1548 there was a school at the site, its initial purpose being to allow pupils of the college in Oxford to escape the plague affecting the city at the time.

In September 1973 MCS merged with the Girls Grammar School (Brackley High) and Brackley Secondary Modern School to form a new comprehensive school on two sites, while the girls' school was converted into the new Southfield Primary school. This school has approximately 1500 students


Formerly a chapel for the hospital of St. James and St. John, the earliest datable parts are late-12th century, although many parts are 13th century. The chapel underwent a major restoration between 1869–1870 by Buckeridge.

It is constructed of stone rubble and is one of the largest school chapels, and the oldest school chapel still in use in England. It remains in regular use by the school, Church of England and local community.

Head teachers[edit]

  • 1548-1552 - Thomas Godwin
  • 1552-1558 - Thomas Bede
  • 1571-1576 - John Bede
  • 1576-1588 - Roger Webster
  • 1588 - Laurence Humphreys
  • 1653 - Mr Perkins
  • 1656 - Mr Gibbs
  • 1700 - Rev. Thomas Yeomans B.A
  • 1765-1784 - Rev. John Young
  • 1784 - Thomas Bannister
  • 1826 - Thomas Hawkins
  • 1860-1864 - Rev. F. B. Falkner M.A
  • 1864-1870 - Rev. Thomas Russell M.A
  • 1871-1879 - Rev. Frank Taylor M.A
  • 1879-1882 - Rev. John William Boyd M.A
  • 1882-1899 - Rev. Isaac Wodhams
  • 1900-1910 - Rev. William Holdgate M.A
  • 1910-1929 - Rev. R.F Ashwin M.A
  • 1930-1936 - A.H.B. Bishop M.A
  • 1937-1952 - Rev. A Bolton M.A
  • 1952-1973 - Eric G. Forrester M.A
  • 1973-1993 - Keith Marsh M.A
  • 1993-2006 - Elaine Wotherspoon B.A
  • 2006–present - Ian Colling M.B.A

Notable former pupils[edit]

Notable former pupils include:

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