King's School, Macclesfield

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The King's School in Macclesfield
Motto Challenge, Develop, Foster, Support
Established 1502
Type Independent School
Head of Foundation Dr Simon Hyde
Location Cumberland Street
SK10 1DA
United Kingdom
Coordinates: 53°15′48″N 2°07′57″W / 53.2633°N 2.1324°W / 53.2633; -2.1324
DfE URN 111473 Tables
Students 1,337
Gender Mixed 3–11, Separate boys and girls divisions 11–16, Mixed 16–18
Ages 3–18
Houses 4 (Gawsworth, Adlington, Tatton and Capesthorn)

The King's School in Macclesfield is an independent school for day pupils in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, and a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. It was founded in 1502 by Sir John Percyvale, a former Lord Mayor of London, as Macclesfield Grammar School.


The King's School was founded in 1502 within the Church of Saint Michael and All Angels, Macclesfield. It was re-founded by Edward VI in 1552 as "the free Grammar School of King Edward VI", moving to its current location on Cumberland Street in 1844.

The school operated as a direct-grant school and offered scholarships for boys from state elementary schools from 1926 until 1966, when its application to continue as a direct grant grammar school was refused and it became fully independent.[1][2]

The boy's junior school was opened in 1947. In 1993 girls from age 11 to 16 were admitted and housed with co-educational juniors, and later infants, at the old Macclesfield High School site on Fence Avenue. The Sixth Form had been co-educational since 1986.[3]


The school follows the National Curriculum for GCSE in Years 10-11 and A-Levels in the sixth form. In 2012, pupils achieved A*/A in 41 per cent of all exams and A* - B in three quarters of exams. Pupils achieved the best-ever GCSE results in 2012 with 33 per cent of all grades at A* grade, more than 63 per cent of all grades at A*/A and 86 percent at A* - B grade.

In 2011, students achieved 75% A* to B grade at A-level, with a 99.7% pass rate, and 60% As and A*s at GCSE.[4]

Extra-Curricular activities[edit]


In 2003 the school's Foundation Choir won BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year.[5] It takes bi-annual trips to perform across Europe, having visited Barcelona, Levico Terme, Strasbourg and Lake Geneva and in 2010 the choir performed in Budapest. The choir and numerous bands also perform at nearby St. Michael's Church.[6] The school's music department is equipped with a recording studio and practice rooms and offers instrumental lessons to the students.[7] The department also performs musicals such as The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes,[8][9] a West End musical, in 2012.


The School performs 2 to 3 plays a year; one by the Boys' Division/Sixth Form, one by the Girls' Division, and one by the Juniors. Recent plays include ', Cinders,[10] Arabian Nights,[11] and The Ramayana.

School trips[edit]

Trips abroad are arranged by individual departments, including those by the History and Classics departments, in addition to annual foreign language exchange visits.[12] Pupils are involved in biennial World Challenge Expeditions and recent expeditions have been to Morocco,[13] Ecuador, India and most recently Namibia.[14]

The School's Outdoor Activities Club organises regualartrips to Yorkshire[15] or the Peak District, that include walking, climbing and caving.[citation needed]


School sports include rugby, hockey, netball, cheerleading[16] and cricket for both boys and girls.[17][18] In 2012 the 1st rugby XV won the Rugby World "Team of the Month" competition twice.[citation needed] And last season (2012–13) made it through to the Daily Mail Quarter finals, as well as being named "Team of the Month" once again by the same magazine.

In 2006 the Boys' XI Hockey Team became national champions, with two of its players representing the country. The previous year the team were national runners-up. In 2007 the Girls Division began cheerleading training under Rachael Burrows, a national champion and 2009 European Champion. In 2008 the Kings Cubs (Years 8 and 9) and the King's Lions (Year 11) cheerleaders became national champions in their age group with The King's Kittens (Year 7) placed 5th.[citation needed]


  • 1502–1533: William Bridges (first)
  • 1533–1560: John Bold
  • 1560–1588: John Brownswerde
  • 1588–1631: William Legh
  • 1631–1648: Thomas Bolde
  • 1648-1662: Henry Crosedale
  • 1662–1666: Edward Powell
  • 1666–1674: Ralph Gorse
  • 1674–1676: Thomas Brancker
  • 1676–1689: Rev. John Ashworth
  • 1689–1690: Caleb Pott
  • 1690–1704: Timothy Dobson
  • 1704-1717: Edward Denham
  • 1717-1720: George Hammond
  • 1720-1745: Rev. Joseph Allen
  • 1745: Edward Ford
  • 1745-1749: Christopher Atkinson
  • 1749–1774: Rowland Atkinson
  • 1774–1790: Henry Ingles
  • 1790–1828: Dr David Davies
  • 1828: Thomas Bourdillon
  • 1828–1837: Rev. Francis Stonehewer Newbold
  • 1849–1872: Rev. Thomas Brooking Cornish
  • 1837–1849: William Alexander Osborne
  • 1880–1910: Darwin Wilmot
  • 1910–1933 : Francis Duntz Evans [19]
  • 1933–1966: Thomas Taylor Shaw
  • 1966–1987: Alan Cooper
  • 1987–2001: Adrian Silcock
  • 2001–2011: Dr Stephen Coyne
  • 2011-Present: Dr Simon Hyde

Notable former pupils[edit]


Published books by King's School teachers:

  • Banner, Gillian (1999). Holocaust Literature: Schulz, Levi, Spiegelman and the Memory of the Offence. Vallentine Mitchell. ISBN 978-0-85303-371-4. 
  • Palazzo, Lynda (2002). Christina Rossetti's Feminist Theology. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-333-92033-6. 
  • Hill, David (2003). For King's and Country. Chameleon Press. 
  • Wilmot, Darwin (1910). A Short History of the Grammar School, Macclesfield 1503-1910. Claye, Brown and Claye. 


  1. ^ |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 31 May 1946. col. 236–239. 
  2. ^ "War and Peace". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "New Beginnings". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
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