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Francis Newbold, brought in as master in 1828, introduced his own, idiosyncratic form of entrance test: ‘Boys are not considered eligible … who are unable to write a sentence from The Spectator, dictated by the Master, without gross orthographical errors.’ The school’s main bias remained classical, despite the 1774 Act. In response to the growing demand for education with a more commercial and technical slant, the governors decided to build a Modern School, to run in tandem with the Grammar School. School land in Chester was sold to raise funds and the Modern School, on the corner of Bridge Street and Great King Street, opened in 1844. A decade later, the Grammar School moved to its third and present home in Cumberland Street.

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