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Manchester High School for Girls

Bursaries and Scholarships


Manchester High School for Girls is committed to providing education to  academically gifted students regardless of circumstance, and offers financial assistance through a small number of part or full bursaries to girls joining in Year 7 or Year 12.

Applicants should notify the School as soon as possible of their intention to apply for a bursary by completing the relevant question on the registration form. All bursaries are means tested and assistance is offered with tuition fees according to a sliding scale that is linked to family income. Families with a total gross income of up to £14,500 may be eligible for full remission of fees. With a gross income of between £14,500 and £50,000 (2020/2021) families may be  eligible for a partial remission of fees. Students from families in receipt of a bursary may also qualify for free school lunches.

Where there are two or more siblings attending Manchester High School for  Girls at the same time, and both are in receipt of financial assistance, parents may qualify for a further 20% reduction in their contribution to fees only under the bursary scheme.

Owing to a high demand and a limited number of bursary places available, bursary assistance will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement. Please note, by applying for a bursary you are not guaranteed financial assistance. As part of the process of assessing bursary applications, it is the School’s practice to visit the parents of a sample of applicants at home.

Families will receive notification of any bursary award when they are advised whether their daughter has been given a place at Manchester High School for Girls.

How they are awarded

Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of an annual grant, the maximum amount of which will be specified when a place is offered. All awards, whether calculated according to family income or on a flat rate, will be based on a combination of academic merit and a parental statement of need. They will be re-evaluated annually to ensure any changes in circumstance are taken into account. Details will be confidential, but supporting documentation will be required and the School reserves the right to seek supplementary evidence in support of the income figures.

Pupils, who are in receipt of a bursary and live at a considerable distance from school, may qualify for an annual grant towards the costs of travel. A uniform grant of up to £420 may also be available to pupils in receipt of some bursary at the beginning of the first year in school only. To be considered for any of these extra grants (which are limited) parents must make a written request to the Head Mistress following their acceptance of a place.



Academic Scholarships

One or more academic scholarships may be awarded by the Governing Body for excellence in performance in the entrance examination for admission to Year 7 in September.

Music, Sport and Dance Scholarships

Applicants should note their interest in Music, Sport and Dance Scholarships when completing the registration form. For the Music Scholarship applicants should have reached ABRSM Grade 4 or equivalent and, if chosen for audition, be prepared for sight-reading and aural tests as well as a performance on their choice of two instruments (or one instrument plus voice). For Dance and Sports Scholarships, girls may be invited to come for an assessment where their performance will be evaluated against their peers. A written recommendation is required from a dance teacher or sports coach along with copies of any awards or certificates achieved. A scholarship is generally a percentage of fees paid and is not a fully sponsored place. The maximum allowed is 50%, but most are substantially less than this.

Joint Application for a Scholarship and Bursary Assisted Place

A student may be in receipt of a scholarship and a bursary. However, if a joint award is made, the total value of the support provided will not exceed the value of a full fee. For further information on scholarships, please contact the Registrar or visit the School website. The closing date for registration is Wednesday 15th December 2021.

Please contact the Finance Office for further details of the eligibility criteria. Bursary applications received after the entrance examination will not be considered. The closing date for registration is Wednesday 15th December 2021. Please note: Financial assistance is not available to support girls in the Preparatory Department.