Bury Grammar Schools

Our University Success

Our University Success

We really strive to go above and beyond at Bury Grammar to help our pupils get into the university of their choice. There are a number of ways we do this, including:

  • Teaching our pupils well, so they gain fantastic grades.
  • Providing phenomenal UCAS support and making sure every student gets all the help they need.
  • An extremely knowledgeable and experienced Sixth Form team.
  • We have a long track record of success and know how to make this happen.
  • We have an ethos of high aspirations. High aspirations and expectations are gold dust in terms of university applications!

Every year, the vast majority of students gains a place on their first choice course. See below our university outcomes from the previous years.

Higher Education and Next Steps

University %
Russel Group 59
Top 20 63
Firm Choice 67
Firm or Insurance Choice 90
Oxbridge 3
Medics 6


Key Successes

As ever, competition for top university courses has been great and our students have truly excelled themselves, gaining entry to a whole range of sought-after places.  

We are proud to have three successful Oxbridge students.

Conor McCay will read Mathematics at St. Anne’s, Oxford and our former Head Girl, Isobel Lewis will be studying History and English at St. Peter's, Oxford.  Henry Batchelor goes on to study Computer Science at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge.    

Medicine and Dentistry is a competitive course and we saw five of our students secure their places.

Ifeoluwa Motunrayo Dare and Adil Khatab will be studying Dentistry at Leeds University and Cardiff.  George Armstrong and Zainab Arif acquired deferred places at Liverpool and Manchester Universities. Adam Penlington is going to Newcastle University in September to study Medicine and our Year 14 student Attar Nawaaz will study Medicine in Southampton.  

We were delighted that despite the uncertainty surrounding results day, 59% of our students gained a place at one of the prestigious Russell group universities with 90% of our students gaining a place at their First or Insurance place. 

Will Mau, who achieved four A*s in his A Levels, will go on from BGS to study Mathematics at Warwick University.  

The historically prestigious Durham University was the first choice of both Bethany Bangbala and Dylan Buckley. Bethany will be studying Philosophy and Theology and Dylan has a place to read Economics. 

Three Year 13 students have won places to read Law.  Meliyah Khan is heading south to the prestigious King’s College London, Dylan McKenzie will be studying Law at Leeds University and Scarlet Kearns at Liverpool John Moores.   

Our Head Girl, Olivia Moriarty,  is moving on from Bury Grammar School to study Journalism at Newcastle University and Deputy Head Girl, Molly Whitlow, is reading Neuroscience at Bristol University.  

Art and Architecture have been popular choices this year with the artistically talented Mathew Jones, Fadil Ali, Hope Hewart and Ben Power going to fulfil their creativity, studying Architecture, Animation and Graphic Design respectively.   

Jay Broadhurst and Olivia Groves, both of whom have gained places to fulfil their dreams are to study Music and Musical Theatre at RNCM and the Hammond.

We will continue to create a unique learning experience for all, adapting how we educate students in the Sixth Form to achieve the best outcomes whatever their ability.