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It’s far from stuffy here. Of course the energy comes from the boys themselves and there’s no sense that they’re cowed by their hallowed surroundings. When the corridors are full in between lessons the atmosphere is buzzing – in fact rather loud – although the boys still managed to hold doors open for a visitor and give directions like the best of young gentlemen. Even boys who’ve chosen to pursue science subjects talked to us enthusiastically about drama at the school. There’s an annual Shakespeare festival and about six full-scale productions a year...


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The Manchester Grammar School is one of the UK's top independent schools for boys aged 7 to 18, with a global reputation for academic excellence.

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.




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High master

Since 2013, Dr Martin Boulton (40s). He read engineering at Nottingham University (BEng and PhD) and then worked for mining company De Beers and accountants Arthur Anderson before deciding to retrain as a teacher. After completing his PGCE (at Manchester University) he went to Sherborne School in Dorset – teaching physics, living-in as a boarding house tutor and immersing himself in rugby and mountaineering. In 2001 he moved to Westminster School and was quickly promoted through the ranks until he became under master (deputy head). The move to Manchester was a homecoming for Dr Boulton, who is originally from Manchester and attended MGS himself as a sixth former. He transferred there from a state comprehensive on an assisted place. He says his time there was ‘transformational’ – raising his aspirations and instilling in...

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Special Education Needs

The Manchester Grammar School admits pupils solely on the basis of their academic ability. Entry at 9 and 10 consists of internal assessments (no examination) and entry at 11 is assessed by performance in our entrance examination. Amongst those pupils are a number each year with specific learning difficulties both diagnosed and undiagnosed. Parents of candidates with a diagnosis are strongly encouraged to declare it prior to admission so that requirements and provision can be discussed and fully understood. Conditions routinely accommodated include autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger's; dyslexia, dyspraxia and related conditions; Tourette's syndrome and related conditions; ADD and ADHD; visual and hearing impairment; mobility restriction. Pupils with specific learning difficulties are accommodated in normal classes subject to reasonable adjustment and supported outside the classroom by Year Group Tutors, Form Tutors and the School Medical Services, all under the guidance of the Learning Support Department. A very small number of pupils receive support in the classroom. The Learning Support department comprises Head of Learning Support and learning Support Specialist. Facilities are available for screening and support for a wide range of needs. External specialists are available where appropriate and specialist tuition for pupils with specific requirements can be arranged. As an institution we are philosophically predisposed to do all we can, to make a Manchester Grammar School education accessible to all pupils who can benefit from it.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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