UK Schools Week of Giving

Posted on: November 8th 2020School News Login Page

Over the coming days, schools across the country will be coming together to celebrate the first UK Schools Week of Giving – a new national initiative to celebrate the philanthropy and support that underpins our institutions. At The Manchester Grammar School we will be celebrating: our current Bursary Now Appeal; historic philanthropic support for MGS that goes back centuries to our foundation in 1515; support from the MGS Parents’ Society; the gift of time to support our Sixth Form careers and mentoring programmes, powered by Graduway, from Old Mancunians around the world; as well as our educational mission to embed a sense of service and support to those less fortunate than ourselves outside the MGS Community.

All at MGS send their best wishes to our friends across the UK including:  Latymer Upper School;  KES Birmingham; Rugby School;  Christ’s Hospital; Reigate Grammar School; Royal Grammar School Guildford; and Eton College who are all raising money to increase the number transformational bursaries available to children from modest backgrounds.  We would also like to extend our best wishes to our friends closer to home at Bolton School, Withington Girls’ School, Manchester High School for Girls, Cheadle Hulme School, Stockport Grammar School and King’s School in Macclesfield, who are all looking to enhance bursary provision in the Greater Manchester area too.

In the past year we have also been proud to partner with The Bursary Foundation, who are working to connect high-achieving pupils from modest backgrounds with the best educational opportunities in the Manchester area.

At MGS we would like to thank our technology partners: Graduway who power our MGS Global Connect platform and careers and mentoring programmes; Blackbaud UK who provide our CRM system; and SDS Heritage who provide our archive systems.

We are also proud to be members of IDPE Europe, which supports all schools in the independent and state sector to develop cultures of community engagement and philanthropic support.

The Manchester Grammar School was founded in 1515 by Hugh Oldham, Bishop of Exeter, to provide ‘godliness and good learning’ to the poor boys of Manchester.  We are proud to remain true to our Founder’s ethos to this day and would like to thank our 3000+ donors who have supported our bursary fundraising efforts since 1998.  £22m has been spent providing transformational bursaries to over 600 deserving MGS boys.  Unfortunately, like many schools across the UK, we turn away deserving bursary candidates each year due to a lack of funding.  This is why we have launched our third major bursary fundraising initiative - The Bursary Now Appeal.