It was correctly stated that the excellent Manchester Libraries images site (www.images.manchester.gov.uk
) lists our school as Chorlton High School. I can pinpoint when it became Chorlton GRAMMAR School because the change coincided with my passing the 11-plus (God knows how!). I entered the fray at Sandy Lane in September 1952 and the school had just been re-named. Indeed, most of the exercise books and library books still bore the 'high school' legend.
Another notable landmark that term was the ditching of rugby as the school's main sport in favour of soccer (much to my delight).
I sent a previous message on this topic putting the date 1957 by mistake - but that was the year I left (Freudian slip).
Interestingly, the school went co-educational in the late 60's(?) and I it was re-named 'Oakwood', but after demolition it merged with Barlow Hall School on the Merseybank estate and reverted to the name Chorlton HIGH School.
A new building was eventually erected and the current Chorlton High School now stands close to Hough End Hall near the junction of Nell Lane and Mauldeth Road West on the site which many of us will remember as open ground called 'The Clough' - it is a designated arts college and has a website at www.chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk