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Manchester High School for Girls

A fond farewell to Pamela Ashcroft

"First of all, a big thank you for all the kind messages of support following the birth of my second son, Elliot. He arrived surprisingly early at the start of lockdown and during his time in hospital I was so appreciative of all the contact from the extended Manchester High community. He has been home with us now for four months and is doing really well.

After six years as the Director of Development and Marketing at MHSG, the time has come for me to move on, and I have accepted a Head of Faculty Marketing position at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I am so grateful for all the opportunities and experiences that my role at Manchester High has provided me with. I will never forget one of the older members of the alumnae community (at just 98 years young!) and a former bursary recipient, telling me that, “…anyone connected with MHSG is very lucky indeed.” - I can only, wholeheartedly, echo her sentiments.

MHSG is an inspiring, uplifting and vibrant community and you, the school’s alumnae and supporters, are a huge part of that. It has been a real privilege to get to know so many of you and I am incredibly grateful to all who have offered their time, expertise and enthusiasm over the last six years (or those who have graciously allowed me to twist their arm!) to provide invaluable experiences and advice to our pupils, or to speak at one of our events. Without you, initiatives such as Project Pankhurst (our Sixth Form mentoring scheme) and Insight Into (our programme of careers talks) quite simply would not exist.

As you will know, the main focus of the Development Team’s work is to raise vital funds for the school’s bursary appeal and I hope you are all as proud as I am of the progress that has been made. It is your generous donations and relentless championing of the bursary agenda that has enabled MHSG to provide truly transformational bursary places to so many girls.

In the past six years, this school community has completed the ‘Never Over100ked’ campaign, which brought the 100th Pankhurst Bursary girl to MHSG, and, in the last bi-annual IDPE benchmarking report, was one of just two all-girls schools nationwide to pass the £500k fundraising milestone.

However, there is still more to be achieved – there is the challenge of bringing the bursary programme to be, at the very least, on a par with those of male and mixed schools, and much more to be done if the school is to ensure that every girl who possesses the ability, talent and spirit to be offered a Manchester High place can go on to accept that place, without thought for her financial circumstances.

Please keep on supporting, keep on donating. You are making a real difference to the lives of Manchester’s girls, their families and communities.

 Alumnae and Development Manager, Lex Robinson, is available should you wish to speak to someone about the work of the Development Team: Many of you will already know Lex personally and I am sure you will agree that I leave you in a very safe, knowledgeable and committed pair of hands.

I have no doubt that with Helen Jeys at the helm MHSG will continue to lead the way in girls’ education and that its pupils and alumnae will carry on doing the most exciting things! Like you, I am now looking forward to my copy of High Flyer dropping on my doormat.

Thank you so much for being the most incredible community of alumnae and supporters. It has been an honour."

Pamela Ashcroft.