450 Bursary Campaign

The School thanks all Alumni and Friends of the School who have made donations in the past, the impact of all that has been given is significant.

Until 1997 the ‘Assisted Places’ Scheme ensured that the School was a diverse establishment, one with a healthy social mix and a breadth of talent, character and backgrounds. Since then we have remained committed to providing that equality of opportunity which was central to our Founders’ ethos. Over the past 10 years donations from the BGS community for Bursaries and Building Projects total over £5.6m and we are truly grateful for all the support.

Currently 11% of our Senior School pupils receive fee assistance paid for by bursary donations and funds from our own financial resources. These bursaries are life changing.

The following are the options that make it easy to donate;



October Open Events




BGS 450th Anniversary Bursary Fundraising – changing a life through education.
Whilst the focus of the 450th Anniversary is to celebrate the founding of the School, we wish to honour the memory and commitment of our Founders by raising as much money as possible for our Bursary Fund, and this will be our challenge for 2020. Please do give this some consideration as we need your help!

Our task is to raise funds to enable the brightest children from the most challenging of backgrounds to attend BGS and receive an exceptional education. Only the brightest entrance exam candidates can qualify for a bursary and we rigorously check and means-test all of the successful applicants.  

BGS bursary pupils are given a life changing opportunity; giving a bursary is a chance to transform a child’s life. We have many amazing success stories, as these young people who benefit from our Bursary Fund are often amongst our highest achievers – they will make a valuable contribution to the workforce of the future.

Our commitment in 2020 will be to raise enough money to fund even more ‘life - changing’ bursaries from 2021 onwards.
We are therefore asking all of our Alumni to make a donation of a minimum £45 to allow us to achieve our goal. 
All donations will be personally acknowledged and published by name* in our prestigious ‘450 Giving Report’ which will be produced at the end of the celebrations in 2020 (*Anonymity will be respected)

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First page of the PDF file: BGS450GivingReport

For more information click onto the 450 Bursary Campaign booklet below

First page of the PDF file: BGS450BursaryCampaignBooklet


Each and every gift you make to Bury Grammar School WILL make a difference. We would be delighted if you could make a donation however small

You can make a single donation in a number of ways:

Bank Transfer

To Barclays Bank Plc

Sort Code: 20-16-24

Account No: 20366498 

Please notify us of your transfer, confirming your name and reference: this will enable us to identify your gift when it arrives.


Over the telephone with a credit or debit card.

Please call 0161 764 1733


Post a cheque made payable to the BGS Development Account to:

Bury Grammar Schools Development Office

Farraday House

Bridge Road



You can also contribute in many other ways as follows:
•    Buy tickets to our 450 events
•    Buy an advertising page in one of our event programmes
•    Donate a Prize


BGS 450 Memorabilia Gift Shop

Our exclusive collection of 450th memorabilia includes stylish enamel cufflinks and a stunning sterling silver crystal swan charm, embroidered hoodies and 450 stationery. Each piece makes the perfect keepsake and a wonderful gift. All profits go to the BGS Bursary Fund.

For the full range please visit our BGS Gift Shop


Regular giving can be made monthly, quarterly or annually by Direct Debit.

Little and often makes a huge difference to our School: We could provide a child with a half-bursary place if just 35 people committed to a £15.00 monthly donation to our Bursary Fund.

Direct Debit is a simple and extremely valuable way of making a donation to us. Not only will you be contributing towards your chosen campaign, but with guaranteed regular donations we can use the projected values in order to plan for the future projects.

If you feel you are able to make a regular gift, please download and complete our Donation and Gift Aid Declaration Form
Bury Grammar School is a Registered Charity (526622) and therefore gifts made by UK Tax Payers can be increased by 25% if we have a completed Gift Aid Declaration. Higher rate tax payers and companies may also reclaim additional tax relief through their annual tax return.

For more information please email supportus@burygrammar.com or call Alison or Sharon on 0161 764 1733


Individuals, businesses and Charitable Trusts can choose to sponsor a pupil through the School.

Donors to this scheme will pay at least 50% of the annual School fees throughout the pupil’s time with us and they will receive regular updates and progress reports about the pupil they support.

If you are able to sponsor a pupil, please contact the Development Office on  0161 764 1733 or email supportus@burygrammar.com


The Bury Grammar Schools exist owing to a long and honourable tradition of benefaction by previous generations.  Henry Bury in the Sixteenth Century, and Roger Kay in the Eighteenth, knew that they had been fortunate in life, and by their generosity they ensured that generations to come, who might not be so fortunate, should be blessed with the priceless opportunity of a fine education.

As the Schools have grown, that initial vision has provided funds for both the expansion of the campus, with the provision of ever improving facilities, and the creation of more bursary places for pupils whose families would otherwise be unable to send them here. This development has been made possible only by a continuing tradition of benefaction, within which legacies from Old Boys and Old Girls have played an indispensable part.

All of our pupils, past and present, owe some element of their education to the generosity of those who walked the corridors before them; and each new gift that we receive forges another link in a chain of benefaction, inherited from the past, which will continue to secure our future.  We therefore ask you to consider remembering the School in your Will.

Please read our Roger Kay Legacy Brochure below or call The Development Office on 0161 764 1733 or supportus@burygrammar.com for more information.

Please visit our Thank You page to read how our Alumni and Friends have donated and committed to Bury Grammar School