The WGS Trust

Miss Hulme 1961 - 1985

In 1976, Withington Headmistress Miss Marjorie Hulme launched the WGS Trust to help compensate for the phasing out of the Direct Grant Scheme, which had provided government funding to cover a select amount of places at the School. The School’s governing body knew that the loss of this funding could potentially cause financial difficulties for families, which might deter bright girls from attending Withington. As a result, the WGS Trust was launched.

The Original Aims…

“To provide bursaries to make it possible for academically able girls to continue to come to this School whatever the financial position of their parents.”


Forty five years later, the WGS Trust’s Bursary Fund  enables us to support one-in-six girls across the school.

We are proud that the WGS Trust continues to have a vital role in changing the future paths of many bright girls, thanks to the generosity of our community of alumnae, parents, staff and supporters.




However, we would like to do even better by increasing our bursary provision to 1 in 5 students and we simply cannot continue to offer the fantastic educational opportunities afforded by the the WGS Trust without the support of key members of the Withington community. Your donation – no matter the amount or frequency – can play a vital role in supporting the school’s current and future pupils, and ensuring that the gift of a Withington education remains open to all.

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