King's School, Macclesfield

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King's School in Macclesfield
Cumberland Street

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SK10 1DA

United Kingdom
Coordinates53°15′48″N 2°07′57″W / 53.2633°N 2.1324°W / 53.2633; -2.1324Coordinates: 53°15′48″N 2°07′57″W / 53.2633°N 2.1324°W / 53.2633; -2.1324
TypeIndependent school
MottoChallenge, Develop, Foster, Support
FounderSir John Percyvale, Feoffees
Department for Education URN111473 Tables
Head of FoundationSimon Hyde
GenderMixed 3–11, separate boys' and girls' divisions 11–16, mixed 16–18
Age3 to 18
Enrolment1,337 pupils
Houses4 (Gawsworth, Adlington, Tatton and Capesthorne)

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 St 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 boys' 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]

King's School's 2020 development plans are designed to close the two existing school sites in Macclesfield and open a new single site school in Prestbury, near Macclesfield.[4] The development plans involve selling off the two existing school sites for housing development to fund the new school site.[5] The school acquired greenbelt farmland adjacent to its Derby Fields site for which it subsequently sought planning permission in order to develop the existing school site and the farmland for housing.[6] Planning permission was granted to the school to build more than 250 houses on the greenbelt land in Macclesfield in July 2016.[7] The proposed new school will also be built on green belt land in nearby Prestbury. Planning permission for all sites was confirmed when the Secretary of State declined to call in the plans for further scrutiny in September 2016.[8]


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% of all exams and A* - B in three quarters of exams. Pupils achieved the best-ever GCSE results in 2012 with 33% of grades at A* grade, more than 63% of grades at A*/A and 86% at A* - B grade.

In 2011, pupils achieved 75% A* to B grade at A-level, with a 99.7% pass rate, and 60% As and A*s at GCSE.[9]

Extra-curricular activities[edit]


In 2003 the school's Foundation Choir won BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year.[10] It takes bi-annual trips to perform across Europe, having visited Barcelona, Levico Terme, Strasbourg, Lake Geneva and Budapest. In 2016 the choir performed in Prague. The choir and numerous bands also perform at nearby St Michael's Church.[11] The school's music department is equipped with a recording studio and practice rooms and offers instrumental lessons to the students.[12] The department also performs musicals such as The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes,[13][14] a West End musical, in 2012.


The school performs two to three plays a year; one by the Boys' Division/Sixth Form, one by the Girls' Division, and one by the Juniors. Recent plays include Cinders,[15] Arabian Nights,[16] 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.[17] Pupils are involved in biennial World Challenge Expeditions and recent expeditions have been to Morocco,[18] Ecuador, India and most recently Namibia.[19]

The school's Outdoor Activities Club organises regualartrips to Yorkshire[20] or the Peak District, that include walking, climbing and caving.[citation needed]


School sports include rugby, hockey, netball, cheerleading[21][22] and cricket for both boys and girls.[23][24] In 2012 the 1st rugby XV won the Rugby World "Team of the Month" competition twice.[citation needed] In the 2012–13 season the team reached 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 King's 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) placing 5th.[citation needed]


  • 1502–1533: William Bridges (first)[25]
  • 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: 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
  • 1933–1966: Thomas Taylor Shaw
  • 1966–1987: Alan Cooper
  • 1987–2001: Adrian Silcock
  • 2001–2011: Stephen Coyne
  • 2011-Present: 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. ASIN B0028T2CMK.
  • Wilson, G. E. (1952). "History of Macclesfield Grammar School, 1503-1890". Leeds: M.Ed. thesis. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)


  1. ^ |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 31 May 1946. col. 236–239. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Wales". Hansard. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  3. ^ "New Beginnings". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Fourth Planning Application on the way..." Macclesfield Express. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  6. ^ "King's School in Macclesfield submits planning applications for new school in green belt". 16 September 2015.
  7. ^ McCann, Phil (27 July 2016). "Green belt private school approved". BBC News.
  8. ^ "Full Steam Ahead..." Macclesfield Express. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "BBC One - Songs of Praise, Ten Years of School Choirs".
  11. ^ "St Michael's Concert". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Instrumental Lessons". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  13. ^ [2]
  14. ^ "Sherlock Holmes in Rehearsals". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Drama Club Pantomime". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Arabian Nights". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  17. ^ [3]
  18. ^ "Trek through the Atlas Mountains". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  19. ^ "World Challenge UK - Bespoke school expeditions around the world".
  20. ^ "Yorkshire Caving Adventure". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  21. ^ "King's Cheerleaders are the best in Britain". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  22. ^ "Cheshire cheerleaders impress Stateside". ITV News. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  23. ^ "Sport (Boys)". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  24. ^ "Sport (Girls)". The King's School in Macclesfield. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  25. ^ Wilmot, Darwin. A Short History of the Grammar School, Macclesfield 1503-1910. (1910) Claye, Brown and Claye. Appedix I,i
  26. ^ Keeling, Neal (19 February 2018). "'Warped and sadistic' paedophile Matthew Falder jailed for 32 years". Macclesfield Express. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  27. ^ Palmer, T.S. "Notes and News". XXXVII. p. 511. Archived from the original on 1920. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  28. ^ D. R. Nicoll, Jones, Sir Eric Malcolm (1907–1986), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004
  29. ^ "NatWest Schools Cup Player Memories: TOMMY TAYLOR". England Rugby. Retrieved 3 December 2015.