In celebration of Manchester Grammar School's 500th birthday, we published this lavishly illustrated commemorative book, featuring beautiful new photography and recounting the School's remarkable journey from its foundation to the present day. The quincentenary affords an opportunity to reflect on past challenges and achievements – from Hugh Oldham's creation of the School in the time of Henry VII, through the 18th and 19th centuries when it acquired the reputation of England's leading day school, to the tribulations of the last century, when the School overcame the ravages of war, the threat of financial disaster and major changes to the education system. What emerges most strongly from this absorbing story is the School's unswerving commitment to its core values of academic excellence, democratic access and public service.

Published22 January 2015