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Our Mission

Our mission is to engage a global community of Old Bristolians, parents and friends, to create life-changing bursaries for children with talent and promise from all backgrounds, regardless of financial means. We are also committed to supporting life-long friendship, social and professional events and mentoring programmes. Bristol Grammar School was founded in 1532 and since then we have maintained a proud tradition of philanthropy. The BGS Foundation, working in partnership with Old Bristolians and the wider BGS community, aims to build relationships, support children through bursaries and provide a lifelong service for our alumni.

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Changing lives through bursaries

As a former Direct Grant Grammar School, we have always been proud to serve children and families in Bristol, and we have, throughout our long history, contributed positively to social mobility for countless children who have gone on to make their mark on the world. 

As we approach the 500th anniversary of our Royal Charter in 2032, we encourage our wider community to support our drive for widening access.

We have a strong culture of giving at our school.

It was in this way that Bristol Grammar School was founded, it was in this way that most of our great buildings and facilities were created and it is in this way that we will change the lives of children who will become our future leaders of change; making a difference for Bristol and for the world beyond. 

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Michael Booker Bursary


At the heart of BGS remains a strong belief in access through ‘academic ability, not ability to pay’. With state funding no longer available, BGS now runs its own assisted places schemes. You can help support bright children at BGS through the Michael Booker Memorial Bursary Scheme. Michael Booker, a greatly respected and inspirational teacher at BGS, dedicated his working life to the school’s students, choosing to direct his talents towards ability rather than privilege. Our philanthropic bursary scheme is named in his memory and has helped many students since its foundation in 2003, a number of whom have already moved on to follow university courses. Your bursary gift will help towards one young person’s education at BGS and will be greatly appreciated.

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Leave a Legacy

Leaving a legacy to the school in your will is one of the most powerful and lasting gifts that can be made. Legacy bequests have tax advantages for both the School and your family because they are free of Inheritance Tax and gifts of shares and property are exempt from Capital Gains Tax. If you have already made a Will, you can add a codicil in consultation with your solicitor or legal adviser. You can download these documents to find out more. Tax advantages to leaving a legacy. Codicil Form.

Regular giving

Regular contributions create a huge impact. A £500 donation would equate to just two years paying £15.32 a month (with Gift Aid). 60 donors, contributing this amount, over two years means a full bursary for a girl or boy at Sixth Form.  All regular donations are used to support children of all ages throughout the school.

Sponsor a student 

100% bursaries are offered to those in genuine need of the full amount and are often given to those who demonstrate real promise and ability at Sixth Form level. Donors can choose to sponsor a student individually or as a collective group of friends. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available to support younger children.

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