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Welcome to the OBs' & Foundation pages


The Old Bristolians’ Society exists to allow former pupils and staff to maintain contact with other Old Bristolians, and through the Society allow them to support the work of the School.

The Society is a separate body from the School and is run almost exclusively by volunteers. The President holds office for a year: other officers and members of the Management Committee are chosen by election and normally stay in office for a longer period.

We are always keen to recruit new faces on to the Committee or hear from Old Bristolians prepared to help with the running of events. In particular, we seek more involvement from young Old Bristolians, especially females, in order to reflect the co-educational status of the School.

The BGS Foundation aims to bring long-term additional income to the School through charitable giving. This enables the wider BGS family to give something back so that the next generation of children can benefit from extra resources, facilities and bursaries which could not otherwise be afforded from fee income alone.

Support comes from parents, former parents, staff and Governors, Old Bristolians, charitable trusts and foundations which makes a genuine difference to the life of our school.

The Old Bristolians’ & Foundation Office would be delighted to hear from anyone willing to serve on the Committee or to participate in some other way. In addition, the views of Old Bristolians as to the type of event/activities the Society should be providing are also welcomed.

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We aim high at Bristol Grammar School and are proud to do so, inspiring a love of learning, fostering intellectual independence, and promoting self-confidence and a sense of adventure among our young. We set our sights on excellence in everything we do.

Our purpose is to provide an exceptional education for all our pupils, developing in them a spirit of enquiry and independence of thought through high-quality teaching, warm pastoral care and broad-ranging intellectual, physical and cultural opportunities.Above all, we are committed to supporting our pupils so that every one of them may achieve their goals and leave BGS as confident, compassionate and ambitious, young adults.

However, we are not a wealthy School and right from inception in 1532 – when brothers Robert and Nicholas Thorne, the Bristol merchants, set up the School to provide an education for sons of merchants and tradesmen – we have relied on generous supporters to achieve our purpose.

Today we rely on support of Old Bristoilans, parents, former parents, staff, Governors, along with charitable trust and foundations to help us achieve our goals. With this continuing benefaction Bristol Grammar School is able to invest in our assisted places scheme and the extra resources that make our School special. We value each and every gift.

If you are interested in supporting the School bursary or capital projects please contact us direct through email or call 0117 9339637.
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