The Social backdrop to our Education


Political Year Birth
1959 16.5 MEC agrees to a petition that a school building site in Longley Lane, Northenden should be used for a Roman Catholic grammar school
  The first Mini rolled off the production line
The Sound of Music
Buddy Holly: "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (posthumous)
1960 17.1 Ministry of Education agrees to building of a RC Grammar and Technical School in Wythenshawe.
  End of National Service
The Magnificent Seven
Juke Box Jury, Coronation Street
Cliff Richard: "Please Don't Tease"
1961 17.6 Sketch plans for St Augustine's (now named and sited) approved by MEC and Ministry.
  Contraceptive pill available on NHS
Yuri Gagarin - first man in space
Elvis Presley: "Wooden Heart"
1962 18  
  Cuban Missile Crisis
Amnesty International founded
Marilyn Munroe dies
The Beatles: "Love Me Do"
Anthony Burgess: "A Clockwork Orange"
Z Cars
1963 18.2  
  JFK assassinated
Martin Luther King: "I have a dream"
First Kidney Transplant
Dr Who
Elvis Presley: "Girls, Girls, Girls"
Gerry and the Pacemakers: "I Like It"
1964 18.5 Building commences for St Augustine's Grammar School
  Harold Wilson elected PM
Death Penalty abolished
Top of the Pops
Match of the Day

Radio Caroline
The Beatles: "A Hard Day's Night"
Cilla Black: " Anyone Who had a Heart"
1965 18.1 St Augustine's Grammar Technical School - First intake
  Comprehensive education introduced
Moors Murderers
Gerry and the Pacemakers: "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
Rolling Stones: "Get Off my Cloud"
1966 17.7  
  N Sea oil discovered
Simon and Garfunkel: "Sounds of Silence"
It's a knockout
Man City 2nd Div. Champions
1967 17.2  
  Radio 1 starts broadcasting
Abortion legalised in Great Britain.
Homosexual acts decriminalised
First heart transplant
Israeli - Arab "six-day" war
Englebert Humperdinck: "The Last Waltz"
1968 16.9  
  "Humana Vitae" (papal encyclical on birth control)
Martin Luther King assassinated
Russian tanks invade Czechoslovakia
Enoch Powell: "Rivers of Blood" speech
Cliff Richard: "Congratulations"
Man City Charity Shield Winners
Man City 1st Div. Champions
1969 16.4 Solemn Blessing and Dedication for St Augustine's Grammar School
Some of 1965 entry pupils leave after 5th year
First VI form
1969 Intake
Head Boy: Adam Zaslona
  First Moon Landing (Apollo 11). Concorde breaks sound barrier on test flight
Army called in as NI Troubles escalate.
First British colour TV broadcast
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Rolling Stones: "Honky Tonk Woman"
Man City FA Cup Winners
1970 16 The Marvellous History of St Bernard
Head Boy: John Taylor
  Ted Heath elected PM (Con)
Dock Workers Strike
Computer Floppy Disks Introduced
Simon and Garfunkel: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
The Beatles split up
Jimmy Hendrix died
Man City European Cup Winners Cup winners
Man City League Cup winners
(becoming the first English league club to win a domestic competition and a European competition in the same season)
1971 15.9 Dedication of Organ at St Augustine's Grammar School
1965 (2nd year entry) pupils leave after Upper VI
Death of Mr Score
Toad of Toad Hall
Head Boy: Stephen McCann and Michael Headd
  Miners strikes: powercuts
Decimal currency introduced
Video cassette recorders
SELNEC buses in "Day-Glo" orange livery
The Old Grey Whistle Test
Slade: "Coz I Love You"
Man City reach semi-finals of European Cup Winners Cup
1972 14.7 Rest of 1965 pupils leave after Upper VI
- the first year to complete 1st year to U6 at St Augustine's
Head Boy: Christopher Blaydon and Nigel Tweedie
  Pocket calculators introduced
Direct rule imposed in NI. "Bloody Sunday"
Watergate: Nixon resigns
Chuck Berry: "My Ding A Ling"
Donny Osmond: "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool"
1973 13.7 Head Boy: Thomas Walsh and ?
  Britain joins EEC
U.S. Pulls Out of Vietnam
Israeli Arab "October war"
Mike Oldfield: "Tubular Bells"
Gary Glitter: "I Love You Love"
Denis Law (Man City) goal sends Man Utd crashing to Div. 2
1974 12.9 1969 intake 'O' Level year
VIth form common room
Head Boy: John Whatnall and Paul Holmes
  Harold Wilson elected PM (Lab)
Miners strike/power cuts
Creation of Greater Manchester County
Greater Manchester Buses
Paper Lace: "Billy Don't be a Hero"
Man City finalists in FA Cup
1975 12.2 Headmaster bestowed a Prelate of Honour by Pope to become Rt Rev Monsignor F J McGuiness
Journey's End
Head Boys: Christopher Start and Michael Cooke
  Microsoft founded
Queen: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Sex Pistols: "Anarchy In The UK"
1976 11.8 'A' Level year for 1969 intake
Head Boy: Paul Grainger and Andrew Whatnall
  James Callaghan succeeds Wilson as PM (Lab)
Abba: "Dancing Queen"
Showaddywaddy: "Under the Moon of Love"
Man City League Cup winners
1977 11.5 St Augustine's Grammar School closes.
St John Plessington High School (upper part) opens on Stancliffe Rd site
Head Boy: Steven Johnston and Ged Doyle
  Elvis Presley found dead
Star Wars
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee
Sex Pistols: "God Save the Queen"
1978 12.1  
  First test-tube baby born
John Paul II Becomes Pope
"Winter of Discontent"
Boney M: "Brown Girl in the Ring"
1979 12.9 Msg McGuiness unwell (Mr G Matthews acting headmaster)
Home Economics introduced to curriculum
  Margaret Thatcher elected PM (Con)
Rhodesia becomes Zimbabwe
Earl Mountbatten assassinated
Sony Walkman
Village People: "YMCA"
1980 13.2 Rt Rev Mgr FJ McGuiness died
  John Lennon assassinated
Abba: "Super Trouper"
St Winifred's School Choir "There's No One Quite Like Grandma"
1981 12.8  
  Prince Charles marries Diana Spencer
Assassination attempt on the Pope
Assassination attempt on U.S. President Reagan
AIDS identified
First personal computers (PC)
Tweets: "The Birdie Song"
1982 12.6  
  Falklands war
E.T. (phones home)
1983 12.7 St John Plessington High School run down as pupil numbers fall
  Margaret Thatcher re-elected PM (Con)
The Smiths: "Hand in Glove"
1984   Stancliffe Rd Building used by St Paul's RC High School
  Miners' Strike
Bhopal poison gas leak, India
The Smiths: "Heaven knows I'm Miserable Now"
Stevie Wonder: "I Just Called to Say I Love You"
Band Aid: "Do they know It's Christmas"
  Glasnost and Perestroika
Famine in Ethiopia
The Smiths: "The Joke Isn't Funny Anymore"
Madonna: "Into the Groove"
1986 13.2  
  Chernobyl Nuclear Accident
Education Act 2 1986: which had the effect of ending corporal punishment in state schools (it was only in 1998 that it became illegal in all UK schools )
The Smiths: "There is a Light that Never Goes Out"
1987   School Building Empty becoming derelict
  Margaret Thatcher re-elected PM (Con)
U.S.S.R. launches Mir space station
1988   Building of former St Augustine's Grammar School demolished
  George Bush succeeds Ronald Reagan as US president
Pan Am Flight 103 is bombed over Lockerbie

Birth Rate Per 1000 population for England and Wales

MCFC info: Bernard Booth