North Cestrian School

North Cestrian School, formerly North Cestrian Grammar School, is a free school in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England, for pupils aged between 11 and 16. North Cestrian is part of the Hamblin Educational Trust.

North Cestrian School
Dunham Road

Greater Manchester
WA14 4AJ

Coordinates53°23′18″N 2°21′21″W / 53.38824°N 2.35593°W / 53.38824; -2.35593Coordinates: 53°23′18″N 2°21′21″W / 53.38824°N 2.35593°W / 53.38824; -2.35593
TypeFree secondary school[1]
Motto"Delapsus resurgam" (When I fall I shall arise)
FounderWalter Hamblin
Local authorityTrafford
Department for Education URN143104 Tables
HeadmasterL. R. Bergin
Age11 to 16
Colour(s)Blue, Gold, White, Black


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.[2]


In 2008, teacher David Bradley was awarded an MBA in the Queen's New Year Honours List for services to young people.[3]

Notable former pupilsEdit


  1. ^ "North Cestrian School". Get information about schools. Gov.UK. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Girls break tradition". 28 January 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Award-winning David's a lesson in teaching". 12 May 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Anything you can do, Dad..." Manchester Evening News. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2018. North Cestrian Grammar School pupil and star striker Devante Cole, 13,
  5. ^ Anon (2017). "Crawford, Prof. Ian Andrew". Who's Who. (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U258281. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Minestrone". Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  7. ^ "Kenji going Dutch". Manchester Evening News. 12 March 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  8. ^ "TV judge skates home". Metro News. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  9. ^ "Eyewitness in Manchester People: Fred Talbot". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2008.

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