Stockport Grammar School was founded by the Goldsmith Sir Edmond Shaa in 1487 to educate the young people of Stockport. For over 500 years the school has been faithful to Edmond Shaa’s wishes. SGS offers high academic standards, an enormous range of co-curricular activities and a welcoming community to create an environment in which young people can develop their talents and flourish.
The Bursary scheme makes it possible for young people who would not otherwise be able to attend SGS to benefit from the wonderful opportunities that the School offers.
Since the removal of the state-funded Assisted Places Scheme in 1998, thanks to donations from Old Stopfordians, parents and supporters, we have continued to help 330 Old Stops with life changing bursaries. This is a remarkable achievement but in spite of the success that we have achieved, we regret that each year we are disappointing about many deserving children for whom we have insufficient funds. On average we receive 160 applications each year, but we only have the funds to support around 15 pupils in each year group.
We do not want to see the number of bursary candidates who are able to access this wonderful school decrease. It is vital that we protect our bursary programme during these unprecedented times. We hope that members of the SGS Community who are in a position to help, will support the SGS Bursary Fund.
Although we need to attract a number of very large donations, all levels of support are vital, and will give you regular updates on how your contribution is making a difference to pupils today and tomorrow. Our priority is to ensure as many of the brightest children as possible can access a quality education at SGS, regardless of their ability to pay.
'Stockport Grammar has helped me to carve out a future for myself that I could’ve only dreamed of as a young child, and none of what I have achieved would have been possible without the gift of a bursary. It is so important to invest in gifted children that come from a poorer background to help them reach their potential, which is why I believe the bursary fund is one of the most important aspects of Stockport Grammar School. '
Molly Royle OS 2017
Thank you to those who have already arranged a gift to support the Bursary Fund.
I give to the Bursary Fund because I fully support the SGS ethos to give any bright child an education at SGS, regardless of their financial background. The diversity here is one of the reasons why Debs and I chose this school that is giving our own daughters so many opportunities. We are delighted to be donors - alongside those who give their time, expertise and advice.
—Adrian Bloor - Parent and Governor
The huge success of the school in recent decades is there for all to see as they drive past it on the Buxton Road. That is the best possible basis on which to remake the point that has been made so often and which has met with a most generous response from so many whose donations have been funding Bursaries to replace as many as those state funded places as possible. That historic role has not been forgotten. But it would be better if there were more – means tested of course - so the school can continue to occupy its historic place in the community.
—Hugh Wright - Former Headteacher
I have come to realise how my education provided a very positive influence on my life and have therefore become a passionate believer in the provision of high quality education for all children regardless of their background.
I am now in the fortunate position of having an income sufficient to allow me to contribute each year to the SGS Bursary Fund and thereby assist in allowing a limited number of able students from financially limited families to be educated at the school.
—Chris Fox, OS 1966
I was compelled to give to the Bursary Fund when I saw a testimonial from a former pupil who had just started studying medicine who said that without support from the Bursary Fund she would have never considered going to university or studying medicine. I'd previously thought that donations to the Fund had to be large in scale or gifted in a will and hadn't seen myself as a donor but knowing that my small amount of money is helping to change a young person's future, feels really good.
—Krishanthi Carfrae (nee Gill) OS 2004, OS President 2023-
“Donations have a significant impact on current pupils.
SGS was founded on philanthropy.
This tradition has continued,
paving the way for future success. ”
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