After 484 years of boys only, it happened – the introduction of girls in 1986. Initially, it was just the Sixth Form (after all, the chaps needed time to come to terms with an outrageous idea) but it proved unstoppable. Adrian Silcock took over as head in 1987 and a range of initiatives followed. A brand new Girls’ and a newly co-educational Junior Division were established in transformed premises at the old Macclesfield High School; they were so successful that an Infant Department followed soon afterwards. Now, under Dr Stephen Coyne, there are many more developments, including the opening of a new £2.5 million Sixth Form Centre in Autumn 2007. And, in 2002, its 500th birthday year, the school received the ultimate seal of approval: a visit from HM the Queen herself.