The Marjorie Hulme Bursary Fund

Why Bursaries are important at Withington




Withington has long held dear principles of social cohesion, diversity and inclusion. The Bursary Fund is integral to our school. It consolidates our vision and ethos to create a warm community centred on equality and opportunity, irrespective of a pupil’s race, religion, social background and financial situation. It also ensures that Withington retains its position as a true centre for excellence open to all.

Former Headmistress, Miss Hulme, was instrumental in creating the WGS Trust in 1976 in response to the impending abolition of the Direct Grant Scheme. In honour of her 100th birthday in 2022, we have renamed the fund the Marjorie Hulme Bursary Fund. Over the years, countless pupils have benefitted from all that a Withington education has to offer, and have gone on to flourish in their chosen professions. We hope that, with your help, many more will benefit in the future.

Currently 1 in 6 of the pupils in the Senior School is supported by a bursary. A third of our bursary funding is directed to bursary recipients from the lowest income families who require support of 80% or more of the fees.

However, in recent years, the number of applications for bursaries has continued to grow. This means an increasing number of talented individuals are unable to take up their place at Withington, as there is simply not enough bursary funding available.

Our immediate aim is to increase our overall bursary provision to include 1 in 5 Senior School pupils.

We offer a range of bursaries awarded according to need and rigorously means-tested. Longer term, our aim remains to achieve a ‘needs-blind’ admission policy. Moving to 1 in 5 is another step to bring us closer to this goal.

Regardless of the level of support that is needed, a bursary transforms the educational experiences and future opportunities for these individuals. By supporting them now, and increasing their opportunities for stronger educational qualifications, you are investing in future generations of children in the North West and beyond.



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We would like to thank our Withington community who continue to contribute towards our Bursary Fund. If you would like to make a difference by supporting the Bursary Fund, please use this link, or contact the Development Team.


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