North Cestrian Grammar School

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North Cestrian Grammar School
Motto "Delapsus resurgam" (When I fall I shall arise)
Established 1951
Type Independent
Headmaster L. R. Bergin
Founder Walter Hamblin
Location Dunham Road
Greater Manchester
WA14 4AJ
Coordinates: 53°23′18″N 2°21′21″W / 53.38824°N 2.35593°W / 53.38824; -2.35593
Local authority Trafford
DfE number 358/6003
DfE URN 106380 Tables
Students 330~
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Blue, Gold, White, Black

North Cestrian Grammar School is an independent grammar school in Altrincham, England, for pupils aged between 11 and 18.


The school was opened in 1951 by Walter Hamblin, formerly headmaster of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, with 26 pupils. In 2004, the library was named after him.

The school was originally to be named North Cheshire Grammar School, but this was not permitted by the county education authorities as the school was not government-owned. Hamblin therefore replaced "Cheshire" with its Latinised form "Cestrian"; this maintained the same "NCGS" initials already in place on some school equipment.

The school was originally an all-boys school but in September 2006 admitted its first girls into the sixth form. In 2008, it became fully co-educational.[1]


In 2008, teacher David Bradley was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List for services to young people.[2]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Girls break tradition". 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Award-winning David's a lesson in teaching". 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  3. ^ "Minestrone". Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  4. ^ "TV judge skates home". Metro News. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  5. ^ "Eyewitness in Manchester People: Fred Talbot". Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 

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