Bursaries & Scholarships
Bursaries are means tested awards given to pupils who perform extremely well in all areas of the entrance exam; many bursaries will cover the majority of the fees. Bursaries are awarded prior to starting either Year 7 or Year 12.
Scholarships are a prestigious recognition of a pupil's ability and potential in and enthusiasm for a particular academic discipline or enrichment activity. They are awarded to encourage pupils to develop their particular talent and to play a leading role inspiring younger children in the same field. Whilst BGS Scholarships do carry a small monetary value, their true purpose is to recognise excellence and they are not a means of fee-assistance. Our Scholarships are awarded to pupils who we feel have the potential to excel and play a leading role in school.
The aim of the bursary scheme is to provide fee assistance, as far as is possible, to ensure that academically gifted pupils are able to attend Bury Grammar School regardless of their financial circumstances. A bursary is an award based on academic merit and financial need. It is a sum of money provided by the school to help you pay the fees. The value of a bursary is related to applicants’ household income and financial resources. It can provide anything from some assistance to the full cost of the fees.
The School offers a number of means tested bursaries each year. These are awarded to pupils entering the Senior School either in Year 7 or in the Sixth Form at Year 12. No bursaries are provided to pupils in the Junior Schools, or those who wish to enter the Senior School at any other point than Year 7. Year 7 Bursary applicants must sit the entrance examination.
The demand for bursaries at Bury Grammar School is high and the School has a limited amount of available funding. This inevitably means that some applications will be unsuccessful. Bursary awards are offered at the discretion of the Governing Body of the Bury Grammar School. The Bursar is responsible for the management and co-ordination of the Bursary Scheme.
'' Achieving a bursary at BGS opened new doors and horizons for me, not just educationally but socially and economically too. I am the first in my family to gain a degree and this was something that was not even spoken about as a possibility at home. My family background was "different" to the normal stereotype but I was embraced into the BGS family right from the start of Year 7 and I felt as if I had come home. This was where I should be; I was encased in a sense of belonging. There was no stigma, just a genuine feeling of pride at having been given such an accolade. All I wanted to do was to show everyone that with a little financial support I could fly. I did. Thank you isn't enough. I wouldn't be me without the bursary support. ''
Mrs R Hankinson, BGS Junior School Teacher
Parents/guardians seeking a bursary for their child to enter Year 7 are required to complete a bursary application form which seeks to establish the financial circumstances of the household. The form, which requests details of income and capital, can be found below and must be accompanied by full documentary evidence. The completed forms, together with the necessary documentary evidence, are to be submitted to the Bursar on the date stipulated, which will always be prior to the date of the Entrance Exam. Applications made after this time will not be considered. BGS does not give bursaries unless the bursary application paperwork is completed and signed by all parties who have signed the Parental Contract.
The Bursar assesses all applications in order to establish the likely level of support which will be required in order to allow the child to attend the School. This may involve the Bursar, or his/her representative, visiting the parents’/guardians’ home to ensure the information has been correctly interpreted and the basis of the financial assessment has been fair. The Bursar prepares a recommendation in accordance with the School’s aims and means and discusses this with a panel which will include the Head and a governor; a joint recommendation is then reached. The parents/guardians are then advised whether their child is to be offered a place at Bury Grammar School and of the bursary offer.
Parents/guardians are then required to sign a letter accepting the place at the School and an acknowledgement agreeing to the conditions relating to the bursary.
Please note: The closing date for the return of completed Bursary application forms for September 2020 entry is 20 January 2020 and unfortunately we will not accept any application forms after this date.
All Sixth Form awards offered by Bury Grammar School are currently for a maximum of 50% of fees. Bursary assistance available will be dependent both on financial need and academic achievement.
An independent company works with us to assess the family finances. If you would like additional information regarding bursaries for entry into Year 12 in September 2020 please contact the Bursar's Office on 0161 696 8600 (option 3). Sixth form awards are normally offered for a two-year period, to cover Years 12 and 13. Funds for bursaries are limited and early application is advisable.
Pupils who have already been studying at Bury Grammar School for at least two years, without any bursary funding, may be eligible for bursary assistance to enable them to continue their studies in the Sixth Form. Applications should be made by completing a Sixth Form Bursary application form, which can either be downloaded below.
The Heads and the Bursar will take into account a number of factors when considering an offer of a Sixth Form bursary. In addition to academic performance, the Heads are likely to consider the potential of each pupil and their contribution via participation in the enrichment activities offered by the School.
The closing date for Sixth Form Bursary applications for September 2020 entry is 3 April 2020, but later applications may be considered up to the start of the academic year in September 2020, dependent on the availability of funding and, in the past we have offered Sixth Form bursaries after the publication of the GCSE results. If you wish to make an application after 3 April 2020, please telephone the Bursar’s Office first to check the position with regard to availability of funding.
Sixth Form bursary applications are welcomed from parents of prospective pupils who have been educated to GCSE level elsewhere, provided they meet the academic criteria for entry into the Bury Grammar School Sixth Form. Applicants will need to submit a Sixth Form bursary application form in the same way as indicated above for current pupils.
- About Bury Grammar School's Bursary Scheme
- FINANCIAL LIMITATIONS
- Ongoing Means Testing
- PUPIL'S SUITABILITY
- Other Information
- The ability to improve the financial position or earning power of the family. For example, where there are two partners, both would be expected to be employed unless one is prevented from doing so through incapacity, the need to care for children under school age or other dependants, or the requirements of their partner’s work.
- Opportunities to release any capital. Significant capital savings and investments (including second properties) would be expected to be used for the payment of school fees.
- In cases of separation, the contribution made by the absent parent. Please note that both parents will usually be assessed unless there is evidence that it would not be reasonable to do so.
- Contribution to household costs by other, wider, family members, any adults unrelated to the child or by outside sources.
You can read more information in our Governors' Bursary Policy.
Bury Grammar Schools is pleased to offer a number of Scholarships in a number of fields aimed at recognising gifted and talented pupils. Scholarships are offered to pupils entering the Senior Schools and students entering the Sixth Form.
Scholarships available for September 2020 entry are:
Kay Scholarship:This scholarship is of historic significance and is offered to the two top-performing external and internal applicants.
Bury Grammar Schools Scholarships for Excellence in: Maths, English, Science, Sport, Computing, Music, Art and others areas in which pupils show outstanding potential.
Two scholarships in each discipline are awarded: one to an external and one to an internal applicant. Scholarships are available for our new Year 7 pupils who are identified for their ability and performance in the entrance exam, interview and application form, if they are joining BGS at age 11, or through their previous academic and school record if they have been educated in our Junior Schools. Our Scholarships are awarded to pupils who we feel have the potential to excel and play a leading role in Senior School life.
Successful scholars will be notified when they receive their offer letters to BGS.
Our aims with the Sixth Form Scholarships are to:
- Recognise potential
- Encourage pupils to play a leading role in school
- Nurture pupils’ abilities, gifts and talents
- Encourage pupils to act as school ambassadors via leadership opportunities
An important part of being a sixth form Scholar is a commitment to supporting younger pupils in the given area and representing the School in that field.
Sixth Form Scholarships can be offered in any A Level subject, as well as additional awards in Sports, The Arts and 'BGS Spirit'.