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Manchester High School for Girls


On Saturday 11th June, Manchester High School for Girls hosted its most successful Bursary Ball yet at the Hilton Hotel on Deansgate.

Key 103 DJ, Darren Proctor and TV presenter, Jenny Powell, were our hosts for the evening.

A staggering £29,550 was raised in just one night with all money going directly to the school’s new bursary campaign; Never Over100ked.

Never Over100ked aims to bring the 100th Pankhurst bursary pupil to Manchester High School for Girls.

The original Pankhurst Bursary Appeal was launched in 2010 with the aspiration to raise £2 million to enable 100 girls to pass through Manchester High with financial assistance. Thanks to donations from loyal supporters, 82 girls to date have benefitted and the new campaign is all about reaching the remaining 18 girls.

Hosted by TV presenter and Manchester High parent, Jenny Powell, and Key 103 DJ, Darren Proctor, the ball saw guests go head to head in a ‘money can’t buy’ live auction. Popular lots included a VIP Manchester City package, a MediaCity UK ‘Live’ Experience and a South African safari.

Outgoing Head Girl, Sophie Haughton, and outgoing Deputy Head girl, Ebubechi Okpalugo, have both benefitted from bursary assistance during their time at Manchester High. The girls, who both have offers to study Medicine at university in September, delivered an emotional and heartfelt address to the audience about the impact that Manchester High has had on their lives.


Sophie Haughton said:

“Being Head Girl during my final year of Man High is an honour I cannot put into words; it was a sign that the school loved me as much as I loved it!

"When Head Mistress, Mrs Hewitt, broke the news to me in her office I was so shocked that I was actually speechless. I’ve never told anyone this before but becoming Head Girl was an aspiration I’ve had since my early days at the school. Never once did I think that being a bursary student would prohibit me for accomplishing this dream, at Manchester High we are all judged on merit and merit alone.”

Pamela Wood, Director of Development and Marketing, said:

“Our annual Bursary Ball is undoubtedly the highlight of the Manchester High social calendar. The room is always packed with our loyal supporters and it made perfect sense for us to launch our new, ‘Never Over100ked’ fundraising campaign on the night.

“The era of direct grants and assisted places is unfortunately long gone and we cannot rest on our laurels. We must be proactive in our fundraising to ensure we never have to overlook a girl with potential, regardless of her financial circumstances.”

More information on the Never Over100ked campaign can be found by clicking here or downloading the brochure below.

Flickr album of all images can be viewed here.