Malbank School and Sixth Form College
|Local authority||Cheshire East|
|DfE URN||111419 Tables|
|Former name||Nantwich and Acton Grammar School|
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.
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. 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. In 1885, it combined with Acton Grammar School, becoming Nantwich and Acton Grammar School or NAGS. It moved to its present site in 1921. The horses on the school coat of arms were added purely because of the NAGS acronym.
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."
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.
Notable former pupils
- Hayley Jones (athlete), world medallist in athletics 4x100m relay, 2013
- Ben Miller, comedian
- Bryony Page, trampoline silver medallist at 2016 Olympics
- Sophie Reade, winner of Big Brother, 2009
- Ashley Westwood, footballer formerly at Crewe Alexandra and Aston Villa, now at Burnley
Nantwich and Acton Grammar School
- Prof Alan Astbury, R. M. Pearce Professor of Physics at the University of Victoria from 1983–2000, Rutherford Medal and Prize 1986, President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) from 2005-8
- Prof Harry Berry, Professor of Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy, University of London from 1944–56
- John Boyer OBE, Chief Executive of the Zoological Society of London from 1984-8
- Roger Flemington, NatWest executive and President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB) from 1991-2
- Dame Maeve Fort, High Commissioner to South Africa from 1996–2000, Ambassador to Mozambique from 1989–92 and to the Lebanese Republic from 1992-6
- Sir Kenneth Mather FRS CBE, geneticist, Professor of Genetics at the University of Birmingham from 1971–84 and 1948–65, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton from 1965–71
- Air Vice-Marshal Leslie Moulton CB DFC, Station Commander of RAF Cosford from 1961-3
- Dr Ronald Newport, Head of the Daresbury Laboratory (in Cheshire) from 1995-6
- Anthony Trickett MBE, Lord Lieutenant of Orkney since 2007
- Sir Andrew Witty, Chief Executive of GlaxoSmithKline (world's 4th largest pharmaceutical company) since 2008 (school was comprehensive for his last five years)
- Mike Wood, Labour MP for Batley and Spen 1997–2015
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