Malbank School and Sixth Form College

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Malbank School and Sixth Form College
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Welsh Row

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Coordinates53°04′10″N 2°32′03″W / 53.06934°N 2.53403°W / 53.06934; -2.53403Coordinates: 53°04′10″N 2°32′03″W / 53.06934°N 2.53403°W / 53.06934; -2.53403
TypeFoundation school
Local authorityCheshire East
Department for Education URN111419 Tables
HeadteacherJeannette Walker
Age11 to 18
Former nameNantwich and Acton Grammar School

Malbank School is a comprehensive secondary school and sixth form in Nantwich, Cheshire with pupils of both sexes aged from 11 to 18.


It is situated in the west of Nantwich, close to the boundary with Henhull, on the A534 and the Shropshire Union Canal.

Sixth form[edit]

The Sixth Form, which has its own "building" within the school, takes applicants mainly from Crewe and Nantwich but also takes students from the surrounding Cheshire area. Students will normally take three or four "A-levels", occasionally two, and receive the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), but there are also limited BTEC courses which are intended be taken with certain A-level choices.


Grammar school[edit]

Malbank School originates in three schools. The oldest is the original Nantwich Grammar School, first recorded in 1572, but believed to have been founded in around 1560.[2][3] The original schoolhouse was in the churchyard of St Mary's Church. In 1860 the school amalgamated with the Blue Cap Charity School, which was founded in around 1700, to form the new Nantwich Grammar School, and moved to 108 Welsh Row, where the former schoolhouse and headmaster's house still stands.[2] In 1885, it combined with Acton Grammar School, becoming Nantwich and Acton Grammar School or NAGS. It moved to its present site in 1921.[4] The horses on the school coat of arms were added purely because of the NAGS acronym.[citation needed]

In 1960, the school celebrated its 400th anniversary, with the Duchess of Gloucester attending the school prize-giving on 18 November 1960. On the occasion, the Nantwich Guardian reported that the "school of ancient history had turned into one of the most up-to-date in the County, catering for all the widely varying needs of individual children."[5]


Nantwich and Acton Grammar School became a comprehensive school in 1977. The name later changed to Malbank School and Sixth Form College. The Nantwich and Acton symbol still remains in the logo of the two horses' heads, an emblem found on many important school objects.[citation needed]

In 2010, the school celebrated its 450th anniversary with a full school ceremony and visit from the Duke of Gloucester on 26 April 2010.[6]

In September 2011, the £1.2 million Olympic Boulevard building was opened, housing a health and fitness centre, conference facilities, cafeteria, Starbucks coffee and IT facilities widely used by the whole school. VIP guests at the opening included Bryony Page, Paralympics Committee chairman Sir Philip Craven and Paralympians Claire and Scott Robertson.[7]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Nantwich and Acton Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ "Establishment: Malbank". EduBase. Retrieved 5 November 2008.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Hall J. A History of the Town and Parish of Nantwich, or Wich Malbank, in the County Palatine of Chester, pp. 373–82 (2nd edn) (E. J. Morten; 1972) (ISBN 0-901598-24-0)
  3. ^ Lamberton A, Gray R. Lost Houses in Nantwich, p. 54 (Landmark Publishing; 2005) (ISBN 1 84306 202 X)
  4. ^ Take a Closer Look at Nantwich (booklet), Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council
  5. ^ "Malbank School and Sixth Form College 450th Anniversary (1560–2010)", Website, Malbank School and Sixth Form College, archived from the original on 18 October 2009, retrieved 25 June 2010
  6. ^ Oliver J. (26 April 2010), "Duke of Gloucester visits Malbank School in Nantwich", Crewe Chronicle, retrieved 25 June 2010
  7. ^ Harris, Will (2011-09-27). "Olympic Boulevard at Malbank School is officially opened". crewechronicle. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  8. ^ "Nantwich trampoline star Bryony Page wins silver at Rio Olympics". Nantwich News. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.

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