We are truly indebted to all of our donors and supporters many of whom have contributed to the School over many years towards Bursaries and Building Projects.
We are extremely fortunate to have so many people who invest in our future and the future of our pupils. We intend to recognise the support of all of our donors during the 450 celebrations in 2020 in our annual Roll of Honour in our Giving Report, which will be published at the end of 2020.
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 have topped £5.6m and we are truly grateful for all the support.
MEET OUR DONORS
The Adventure of life is to Learn, The Challenge of Life is to Overcome, The Essence of Life is to Care... The Beauty of Life is to Give.
William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)
The following donors are just a very small sample of the huge base of Alumni, staff, parents, businesses, Trusts and Friends of BGS who donate to our Capital Fund or towards our Bursary Fund.
We are truly indebted to their generosity and kindness and Bury Grammar School continues to flourish due to the benefaction of others.
Fiona Cooper (BGS 1980) – Regular Donor
“BGSG allowed me to fulfil my ambition to practise medicine and generated lifelong interests within the fields of theatre, music and literature. I feel very strongly that academically bright students whose parents cannot afford the school fees should be able to access the wonderful education and facilities the School offers, so I willingly support the Bursary Fund by making monthly financial donations.”
Rachel Nicholson, Parent and Pupil Sponsor
I attended a bursary lunch at BGS where the speaker spoke eloquently and passionately about the need for bursary support at the School, to enable these incredibly bright children to experience the amazing education that BGS offers. I then resolved that we as a company would help and I would urge everyone to contribute to the Bursary Fund.
Rachel Hankinson (BGS 1988), BGS Teacher and parent
Many friends and colleagues have asked me why I am so passionate about education. I always respond by saying that I was given the most precious gift which has lasted my whole lifetime.
I had a BGS bursary and it simply changed my life.
Nowadays I would have been called a ‘young carer’ and School provided me with a separate life outside of my family unit and most importantly it gave me a love of learning. It made me believe in myself and think that I could always achieve more. The sky suddenly grew higher and horizons became much wider.
I make a monthly contribution as I know that these small amounts will make a huge difference to a young person’s life.
Nicola Shindler (BGS 1987), Old Girl
The quality of teaching and the inspirational staff at BGS made me what I am today. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have attended this wonderful School and I make a regular donation towards the bursary fund to ensure that children from all backgrounds enjoy the opportunities that I had.
Ashish Ramuni, Vice School Captain and Senior Cadet 2016
The reason I donated to the bursary fund is that I hope that my contribution will allow someone to enjoy the education, teaching and facilities that I have had at BGS. Through the Key to the Door Campaign, I hope that even more young people will be able to make the most of the same great opportunities and experiences that I've been fortunate enough to have had offered to me here; schooling can entirely shape a person's life and I've found BGS to be an excellent sculptor, both for myself and my peers.
Peter Stock, Former BGS parent and grandparent
Education is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child. I firmly believe that success in life comes from hard work, determination and a good education. Knowledge is the key to opportunity and advancement in life and BGS is not only focused on teaching its pupils facts and figures, but also on instilling in them a confidence and self- belief that ensures they will reach their full potential and realise their dreams.
We all have aspirations for our children. We all want to give them the best possible education. Why then not help other families with the same aspirations as ours but who are unable to meet the cost that incurs. If you are in a position to support the BGS Bursary Fund with either a small monthly contribution, or a part or full Bursary then I would ask you to seriously consider it.
Peter Greenhalgh - ( Old Boy)
Peter sadly passed away in October 2019 and was a huge supporter of BGS and sponsored several bursary pupils as well as donating the Peter Greenhalgh Scholarship which supports University students through Oxbridge.
SPORTS COMPLEX THANK YOU
The Bury Grammar School Sports Campaign has come to a close.
In 2016, we completed our fabulous Sports pitches, which provide our current generation of BGS boys and girls with a superb and well-deserved leading edge Sports Campus. These new pitches including 3G Pitch, MUGA, baseball court and running and jump tracks have extended our provision for a wider range of sports at all levels.
It has also increased our skill levels and our competitive edge and we have since won many more major trophies including several ISFA Cups. The pitches are widely used by both boys and girls and the facilities are fully booked in the evenings by local Clubs and Community Groups.
In the summer of 2019, we completed, to schedule and to budget, the final stage of our sports complex upgrade. Our pupils and local community now enjoy fully refurbished internal sports facilities.
This complex now includes:
- New ground floor viewing gallery with glazed windows into the Sports Hall.
- New changing rooms, showers and toilets with secure lockers.
- Fitness and Dance Centre with top grade wooden sprung floor.
- Disabled changing facilities.
- The new facilities are used by all our pupils and provide additional sporting opportunities for all.
Clifford remained close to his School and passionately believed in the all-round education we offer to all our pupils. In addition to his generous contributions to the expansion of our campus over the years, Clifford also helped several boys to complete their education with BGS through our Bursary Scheme.
We are indebted to this true gentleman and his legacy will continue to enrich the educational experience of our pupils now and in the future.
The Sports Complex has now been dedicated to the memory of Clifford Billings and a tribute board is on display in the Sports Hall reception.
Notable thanks also go to Mr Peter Stock and family who also gave so generously to our Sports Campaign. Peter was an incredibly generous benefactor who, as a father and grandfather, to BGS pupils gave unconditionally to our Sports Campaign and supported our Bursary Fund. Peter sadly passed away in September 2019 and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.