North Cestrian School

where individuals thrive

Welcome from the Headmaster

In these pages we hope to convey the purposeful, safe and happy atmosphere of this great school.  Established in 1951 as an independent grammar school, North Cestrian became a Free School in September 2016 as part of the Hamblin Education Trust along with Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.  As such we are a mainstream , non-selective, co-educational 11-16 academy, serving the community in and around Altrincham.  Although we are mainstream, academy freedoms have allowed us to develop our distinctive offering which we call the Cestrian Way.  The main features of this are:

  • A disciplined environment based on clear rules and procedures.
  • A knowledge-based curriculum with a focus on drill and practice to ensure key points are mastered.
  • A can-do culture, not allowing circumstances to prevent progress.
  • Expectation of a full buy-in from parents.


Mr. L. R. Bergin BA (Hons), PGCE NPQH

Since opening, each new year of entry has been over-subscribed.  The school is growing rapidly with planned numbers to be in the region of 700 pupils and we are currently proceeding with £7.3 million of building works to provide outstanding facilities for pupils and staff.

Please browse through the website to get a fuller flavour of what we have to offer.

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