Malton School

Malton School is an 11-18 mixed comprehensive school of some 800 pupils (2021), serving the market town of Malton and the surrounding area in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, England.[1]

Malton School
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Middlecave Road

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Coordinates54°07′32″N 0°46′58″W / 54.1256°N 0.7828°W / 54.1256; -0.7828Coordinates: 54°07′32″N 0°46′58″W / 54.1256°N 0.7828°W / 54.1256; -0.7828
TypeCommunity school
MottoUnitate Fortiores (Stronger for Being One)
Established1547; 476 years ago (1547)
FounderRobert Holgate, Archbishop of York
Local authorityNorth Yorkshire
Department for Education URN121681 Tables
Head teacherMr Rob Williams
Age11 to 18
HousesCarlisle, Holgate, Fitzwilliam, Willoughby and Tudor
Yellow, Red, Blue, Green and Silver


Malton School has a history dating back to the end of the reign of Henry VIII. Its foundation document still exists, held in the archives of the Borthwick Institute for Archives in York.

Malton Grammar School was one of three grammar schools founded in 1547 by the Archbishop of York, Robert Holgate – the other two were Archbishop Holgate's School in York, and Hemsworth Grammar School, near Wakefield. It existed in Old Malton until 1904, when it closed temporarily, reopening in new buildings on Middlecave Road in 1911 as a mixed Grammar School. These 1911 buildings were designed by architect Walter Brierley, and are still in use, now referred to as the East Wing of the current school. The first headteacher was Ernest Loraine Watt, who was head until 1938, when Thomas Arthur Williams took over following the death of Watt. The third head was Philip Taylor, from 1951 to 1971.

Malton County Modern School was built on land adjacent to the grammar school in 1959. George Hanson was its only Headteacher during its 12-year existence.

The County Modern and Grammar School merged in 1971 to become Malton School, a comprehensive school. Philip Taylor was nominated as Head, but died within a few weeks of the school opening. John Gresswell, who had been appointed as deputy for the school's opening, became head, from 1971-1989. The fifth headteacher was David Roberts, whose time in office ran from 1989 to 2006. He was succeeded by the current head, Robert Williams.

The school was awarded specialist science status in 2004, with four new science laboratories built as part of the status. A £2.4 million community sports hall was opened on the school site by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, in February 2011. Usage is shared between the school during the day and the community in the evening.[2]

In May 2011 the school's governing body proposed to convert to an academy – and subsequently to pursue conversion to a faith based school, re-establishing a link with the Church of England broken in 1911.[3]

The school received a Good rating in its 2015 Ofsted Inspection report.[1]

Notable former pupilsEdit

  • Eric Robson – historian; at the school 1929-36. Graduated with 1st class honours from Manchester University.[4]
  • Terry Dyson (b.1934) – footballer; joined Tottenham Hotspur in 1955, and played for Spurs until 1965. He was a regular member of The Double winning side of 1960-61, and scored in the 1961 FA Cup Final against Leicester.[5]
  • Vic Wilson(17 January 1921 – 5 June 2008) – cricketer. Yorkshire captain 1960-62, winning the championship twice (1960 and 1962).[6]
  • Emma Duggleby (b.1971) – English amateur golfer. British women's open amateur title 1994; European individual title (2000); the South African open match-play championship (2002); the English amateur championship twice (2000 & 2003); and English Order of Merit (2003).[7][failed verification]
  • James Martin (b.1972) – celebrity TV chef.[8]
  • Simon Dyson (b.1977) – English professional golfer[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Malton School", Ofsted inspection reports 2002 - 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016
  2. ^ "Malton Community Sports Centre".
  3. ^ Williams, R. J. (6 June 2011). "Proposal for Academy Conversion" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Eric Robson, Historian". Tributes. The Maltonian. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  5. ^ Hugman, B, J, (Ed)The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records (2005) p185 ISBN 1-85291-665-6
  6. ^ Malton School at ESPNcricinfo
  7. ^ "Emma Duggleby", Curtis Cup 2004. Retrieved 8 December 2013
  8. ^ "Celebrity chef James Martin heads back to his roots for Talbot Hotel project". Gazette & Herald. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2018.

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