The existence of the late permit, or “late pass” as they were colloquially known, indicates the wide geographical area from which MGS boys have been drawn over the years. The idea behind the late permit was to allow boys who had particularly long journeys to school to arrive during or after assembly without sanction.
The system was in existence as early as the turn of the century. Boys who needed to leave home before 8am to get to school on time were given until 9:20am to arrive rather than the normal start time of 9:05am. By 1952, when Alan Garner’s late pass was issued, the start time had shifted to 9:30 with late boys allowed to arrive half an hour later. Of course the journey from Garner’s home in Alderley Edge would have been a long one.
The late permit system continued into the 1960s, but had vanished by the 1980s. Had improved public transport and increased car ownership rendered it unnecessary? Or had the pace of school life become more pressured and hectic?