A school with one of the best views in Wythenshawe opened its doors for the first time at 9-15 on Monday morning. The school, St. Augustine's Catholic Grammar Technical has been built on the top of a hill at Sharston Mount.And below, the rolling acres which were once farmland, will be layed out for playing fields. The school which has been named after St. Augustine of Canterbury, has opened with 200 pupils. Of these 150 are first-year boys and the other 50 are second-year pupils and have been transferred from other Catholic Grammar Schools. Most of the boys come from Wythenshawe, but St. Augustine's also offers places for boys living in Stockport, Sale, Cheadle and Wilmslow. The headmaster of St Augustine's is Father Francis John McGuiness who was on the teaching staff of St. Ambrose College, Hale Barns, before his new appointment. He has a staff of 10 assistant masters and a non-teaching assistant. The size of the staff will be increased as the school grows in numbers. It has been designed to offer places for 600 boys. It is a three-form entry school and will have an intake of 90 new pupils every year. St. Augustine's courses will last for seven to eight years and will prepare boys for higher education at universities, colleges, and institutes of technology. "The school has been called a grammar technical said Father McGuiness. This term indicates both the esteem for academic quality and intellectual integrity of the traditional grammar school and new approaches."
from Wythenshawe Recorder (Thanks Stephen Fitch)