Magnus Church of England Academy
|Religion||Church of England|
|Headteacher||Mrs A. Martin|
|Chair||Chair of Governors Canon M. Arlington|
|DfE URN||140549 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Website||Magnus Church of England Academy website|
Magnus Church of England Academy (formerly Magnus Church of England School and Magnus Grammar School before that) often abbreviated as 'Magnus', is a British secondary school located in the market town of Newark-on-Trent, in Nottinghamshire, England. It was founded as a grammar school by the 16th century English diplomat and cleric, Thomas Magnus; the original school building, located in Appletongate by the church, is now a small museum.
"One of Newark's most important benefactors, Thomas Magnus, built between 1529 and 1531 the Magnus School, containing schools for teaching grammar and music, and established and funded trusts for their staffing and maintenance, as well as for other charitable purposes in the town. This was by no means the first school in Newark, but it is certainly the only such institution still surviving from that time, albeit in somewhat newer premises (1909) than the original - the original building is now a part of Newark Museum."
Over the school entrance in Newark it reads "this grammar school was founded by the reverend Thomas Magnus, 1529."
"The Free Grammar school was founded in 1530, by Dr. Thomas Magnus, Archdeacon of the East Riding of Yorkshire, and a native of Newark, who, by will in 1550, bequeathed lands for the support of a "school of grammar and a school of song." The income, amounting to nearly £2400, is thus appropriated: to the grammar school, £270; to the song school, £105; to ten singing boys, £37. 16.; to national schools, £150; to a dispensary, £150; to the commissioners for lighting, paving, and improving the town, £290; and to the churchwardens for the repair of the church, clerk's and sexton's salaries, &c., £750; besides incidental disbursements. There are two exhibitions of £80 per annum each, connected with the school, which are continued for three years to those who are elected to them." 
The school on Earp Avenue was built in 1909. In the 1950s, the school had around 450 boys, and had the same by the 1970s, with 100 in the sixth form. The girls' grammar school was called the Lilley & Stone Girls' High School, which was on London Road. The current Grove School was a secondary modern school.
In 1977, a voluntary controlled comprehensive school, opened on the grounds of the Magnus Boys' Grammar School also known as the Thomas Magnus School on Earp Avenue. It was a co-educational 8-form entry school for ages 14–18, with 600 boys and girls, and 130 in the sixth form. It was originally planned to go comprehensive in 1976, and was planned to be known as the Magnus Upper School. The headmaster was Mr Potter. The Lilley and Stone School eventually the Newark High School, having become a co-educational comprehensive for ages 14–18. Newark High School closed in 2008 and the site is now used as a sixth form campus for The Newark Academy.
By the 1980s it was known as the Thomas Magnus (Controlled) Upper School. Mr Potter retired in 1980. Also in Newark was the Magdalene High School, a lower school (ages 11–14), on Barnby Road. The Grove School was twice the size of the Magnus School.
The Magdalene High School combined with the Thomas Magnus School in 1997 to form the current school, but essentially the Magdalene High School was closed. The school went into special measures in May 2008.
The school converted to academy status on 1 February 2014 and was renamed Magnus Church of England Academy. The school is now sponsored by the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, but continues to coordinate with Nottinghamshire County Council for admissions.
It gets very low GCSE results, barely over the government minimum for comprehensive schools, but its A-level results are much better than national average. Both schools in Newark get quite low GCSE results. The Grove School gets lower A-level results.
Notable former pupils
Magnus Grammar School
- Prof Raymond Abraham, Professor of Chemistry since 2001 at the University of Liverpool, and researcher of NMR spectroscopy of organic compounds
- Sir Michael Bond (physician), Professor from 1973-98 of Psychological Medicine at the University of Glasgow
- Major Gonville Bromhead VC, won the VC at the Battle of Rorke's Drift in 1879
- William Caparne, painter of flowers and a horticulturist
- Graham Cartledge CBE, architect and Chairman of Newark's Benoy
- Neil Crockett, Chief Executive of the Connected Digital Economy Catapult
- Nigel Doughty, owner of Nottingham Forest F.C.
- John Dudderidge, canoer who founded the British Canoe Union
- Thomas Earp, writer
- Vaughan Grylls, artist and Director from 1996-2005 of the Kent Institute of Art & Design (KIAD)
- Matt Haig, writer
- Sir Mark Grundy, headteacher
- Dusty Hare MBE, rugby player
- Sir Godfrey Hounsfield CBE, electrical engineer, responsible for the CT scanner (or CAT scan) at the EMI Central Laboratories at Hayes, and joint-recipient of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Allan McLeod Cormack, gave his name to the Hounsfield scale, and also led the team that built the EMIDEC 1100, Britain's first transistor computer, in 1959
- Thomas Jacomb
- Sir Gordon Jewkes CMG, Commissioner for the British Antarctic Territory from 1985–88
- Thomas Kerr CB, Director from 1980-84 of the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), and President from 1985-86 of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), Director from 1974-80 of the National Gas Turbine Establishment, and involved in the development of the Fairey Delta 2 in 1956
- Sir Joseph Lockwood, Chairman from 1954-74 of EMI; the company that developed Sir Godfrey Hounsfield's CT scanner, and he appointed Sir George Martin on the Parlophone record label
- Sir William Nicholson, artist
- William Newzam Nicholson, engineer, father of the above, and Conservative MP from 1880-85 for Newark
- Patrick Oakden, cricketer for Nottinghamshire
- Norman Pace, comedian
- Prof Maurice Partridge, Lord Trent Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry from 1960-73 at the University of Nottingham
- Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford KCB CBE ADC RAF, Chief of the Air Staff from 2013–16, and AOC from 2007–08 of No. 2 Group RAF
- Arthur Richardson (politician), Liberal MP from 1917-18 for Rotherham, and from 1906-10 for Nottingham South
- Prof Sam Richardson CBE, Principal from 1969-84 of the Canberra College of Advanced Education (became the University of Canberra in 1990)
- Prof Robert Robison FRS, Professor of Biochemistry from 1931-41 at the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, and winner of the Baly Medal (RCP) in 1933
- Rt Rev Barry Rogerson, Bishop of Bristol from 1985–2002
- Leonard Twells
- John Wells, rugby player
- Sir Donald Wolfit CBE, actor
- William Cubley, artist who taught William Nicholson and William Caparne
- Edward Noakes, Archdeacon of Derby from 1909–43
- Noel George Jackson, Newark Magnus: the Story of a Gift, Nottingham: J. & H. Bell, 1964
- Buildings in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England, Schools
- The Magnus Educational Foundation Trustees Report and Accounts for the Year ended 5 April 2006, Charity No 528253, p.6
- History of Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Newark under the Tudors
- Robert Thoroton, "A History of Nottinghamshire, volume 1, page 403
- Samuel Lewis (Ed), A Topographical Dictionary of England, Nevendon - Newborough, (1848), pp.374-379
- Raymond Abraham