Ad Lucem Awards

We are very proud to announce the launch of the Withington Girls’ School Ad Lucem Alumnae Awards.

We know that our alumnae are an amazing group of women, excelling in so many different ways and in so many different areas and we wanted to celebrate some of these achievements, as well as inspire current pupils.

The recipient of an Ad Lucem Award will be a Withington alumna who has made an outstanding contribution to society, or who acts as an inspirational role model, either in a professional, voluntary or philanthropic capacity, or through their personal endeavours.  Their achievements, outlook and conduct will demonstrate that they continue to reflect the school’s ethos and values, making them an exceptional public ambassador for our school community.

There are two categories, the Ad Lucem Award and the Ad Lucem Young Award (for alumnae under the age of 30 at the nomination deadline). These will be awarded biennially, commencing in 2021 and be announced and presented at our Founders’ Day celebration.

Anyone is welcome to make a nomination but please note:

  • Nominees shall have attended Withington Girls’ School
  • Nominees shall not be current WGS staff members
  • Awards may be considered posthumously
  • Nominees should be nominated by someone other than themselves.

Email to make a nomination.

You are invited to submit a statement (up to 500 words) to allow a greater understanding of the nominee’s achievements and/or contribution to society and to submit any supporting documentation (press articles, publications, resume of nominee).

Please include:

  • Your name
  • Email address
  • Your relationship with WGS (alumna, former staff, current staff, current parent, former parent, current student, friend of WGS)
  • Name of person you are nominating
  • Years this person attended WGS (if known)
  • Please confirm in your email that you are happy to be contacted using the contact details provided about this nomination.
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Alternatively you can email or post your nomination to the Development Office at the school.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 28th May 2021.

A shortlist of nominations for each category will then be identified by the selection committee made up of:

  • Headmistress
  • Director of Development
  • Director of Marketing & Admissions
  • Head Girl Team
  • Alumnae representative on Governing Body

Once the shortlisted nominees have been contacted to gain their permission to be put forward, Senior School pupils will then be asked to vote for their preferred nominee in each category. The awards will be designed by a current pupil as part of a Design & Technology Department competition.

We are sure that many of you will have someone in mind who would be a worthy recipient of an Ad Lucem award. We are looking forward to receiving your nominations and presenting the first awards.

If you have any queries, please contact the Development Office on 0161 249 3377 or email

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