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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today . . . . . . . .

On Saturday 7th October James Buxton and 36 of his fellow pupils who left in 1997, came back for a trip down Memory Lane. Headmaster Tim Gartside and Chairman of the Old Alts Colin Bamford were on hand to show them around the School. Special emphasis was placed on the many parts of the building which had been added in the last twenty years.37_137a1

We Were Kings – Film

The Film


 the rediscovery of Burma’s lost royal family

by Old Alts Alex Bescoby and Max Jones



is to be shown early in October

in the Coleman Hall at School

learn more:

Pilot Officer Kenneth James Pierpoint


The Headmaster has received an email from Wing Commander Paul Bell of the 605 (County of Warwick) Sqn RAuxAF, telling us that they are planning to commemorate the life of a former Altrincham Grammar School pupil.  Pilot Officer Kenneth James Pierpoint attended the school in the 1930s and when he left, he joined the war effort and trained as a pilot.  He was appointed to 605 Sqn RAuxAF during World War 2, but sadly he was killed in a flying accident in August 1942. His name is included both on the war memorial plaque on the wall of the foyer of the Roy Coleman Memorial Hall, and on the wall outside the Head’s study.
His name lives on, emblazoned on the £2.2 million Shannon class lifeboat in Fleetwood, in recognition of the considerable sum bequeathed by his sister Kathleen in his memory.
On August 20, the occasion will be remembered by both 605 Squadron and the volunteer lifeboat crew from Fleetwood. 605 Squadron, led by Wing Commander Paul Bell, will visit the lifeboat station and view the Shannon class lifeboat, named after their former colleague. They will then continue down to Hale Cemetery, where Kenneth James Pierpoint is buried, for a short service.
We would be pleased to see a number of Old Boys in attendance for 14.30 hours on Sunday 20th August. Anyone thinking of representing the School could contact Colin Bamford on 07767 861831.


beer 1The Association annual dinner was held on Friday 10th March inBeer 2 the Stamford Hall at the School. The number of guests attending was similar to the previous year – circa 70 in total – a mixture of staff, current prefects, recent Old Boys and some not-so-recent Old Boys.

To read the rest of Antony Perrett’s illustrated report,
click the link below;

Annual Dinner 2017

In Memory of Sue Knowles

As I am sure some of you are aware, Sue Knowles who taught Biology at our school sadly died after a long illness.  She was a lovely lady and a committed teacher and was married to Keith Knowles who was Head of Science at AGSB.  Sue and Keith’s children David (an old boy) and Sarah Knowles are running the London Marathon in 2017 and are choosing to support the Proton Beam Centre building project at The Christie as this treatment can be used to treat brain tumours which is the type of cancer that Sue was suffering from.

They need to raise £4,000 and I hoped that some of the Old Boys might want to show their support for the Knowles family by sponsoring them.  I know that some might feel they want to contact the family, however may I ask that they are left to come to terms with their loss….messages can be left on the Virgin giving page in order that you can show your support and best wishes.

You can search on the Virgin Money Giving page by putting in David Knowles name or by using the following link:

David and Sarah Run London 2017

I really would appreciate your support as I feel that it would be a fitting tribute to Sue.

Regards Karen

Mrs Karen Crowther
Science Community Liaison Co-ordinator
Altrincham Grammar School for Boys
0161 928 0858

Association A.G.M. Wednesday 9th November 2016

The Meeting was held at 7.30 pm in room S1 at School.

Thanks to Brian Clark for taking the photograph.
The Headmaster treated us to a glass of wine and nibbles!
The 2017 AGM will be held on Wednesday 8th November.


  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Present
  3. Minutes of the previous A.G.M.
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Chairman’s Remarks
  6. Secretary’s Report
  7. Treasurer’s Report
  8. Headmaster’s Report
  9. Membership Secretary’s Report
  10. Editor’s Report
  11. Football Section
  12. Cricket Section
  13. Golf Section
  14. Election of Officers
  15. A.O.B

The Parents and Friends Association

Nick Davis, Chair of the PFA, has asked us to circulate details of their upcoming events;

Saturday 8 October 2016


ASR Charitable Trust / PFA event

An evening of Indian food, music and entertainment to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ASR Charity.

Friday 11 November 2016 Annual Quiz

Pit your wits against parents, teachers and students in this popular annual event.

Early November to early December


Annual Raffle

Top prize to be announced … Tickets will be released mid November…

Sunday 4 December 2016 Xmas Fair

 Our annual Christmas Fair, including the famous 1000 bottle tombola.

Saturday 4 February 2017 Winter Ball


Founder’s Day 2016

St Mary’s Church

Friday 8th July saw the School celebrating Founder’s Day at St Mary’s Church in Bowdon. Guest of Honour was Baroness Susan Williams of Trafford.
The O.A.A. was represented by Colin Bamford, Steve Perrett and Kenneth Lea.
The theme of the service was Tolerance and Diversity, and this was strongly reflected in the addresses given by the Headmaster and Baroness Williams, as well as in the six readings made by boys from year 7 to year 12.

Susan W
Susan Williams

Boys also performed two violin solos and a sinfonietta which were well up to the high standard we’ve come to expect from the pupils of Miss E De Jesus.
The current practise of celebrating the Foundation of the School was revived by Bill Firth when he was Chair of Governors. Tim Gartside took the decision that it should be biennial, thus making each occurrence rather more special.