Withington Calling 2021

Tuesday 17th – Monday 30th August

What’s happening?

This summer Withington Girls’ School will be running a telephone campaign. Current Sixth Form pupils and recent leavers will be calling alumnae and other members of the Withington community. They are looking forward to hearing about your experiences of Withington and how you might like to become involved in our activities – there are many wonderful opportunities.

As well as updating you on how Withington has faced and overcome the challenges of the last year, they will also share our future plans to ensure the Withington experience continues to be the best possible. We are transforming the lives of young women and aim to do more through our bursary programme. You will have the opportunity to help girls shine by ensuring that financial constraints are not a barrier to a Withington education and to support projects that will enrich the education of all the girls in our care.

Why is our telephone campaign important?

Withington has long held dear principles of social cohesion, diversity and inclusion. The Bursary Fund is integral to our school, consolidating 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.

Currently one-in-six of the pupils in the Senior School is supported by a bursary. However, in recent years, the number of applications for bursaries has continued to grow and an increasing number of talented individuals are unable to take up their place at Withington as there is simply not enough bursary funding available.

How you can help to change things

Our immediate aim is to increase our overall bursary provision to include one-in-five Senior School pupils, offering 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 one-in-five 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 students.

Alternatively, you may wish to support the Ad Lucem Fund. This helps to provide learning opportunities for all our pupils that are enriching but would normally fall outside of the school’s budget.

If you receive a call, we hope that you enjoy it. If you’d rather not receive a call, please contact the Development Team at development@wgs.org.


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