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Transforming Lives Through Bursaries


The core aim of the Foundation is to raise funds in order to support students who would not normally be able to afford an RGS education. Since 2007 the School has allocated more than £4.5m from its operating budget to fund means-tested bursary places at the School. This has enabled hundreds of children to receive the benefits and opportunities of an RGS education when their family finances would otherwise have precluded them.

The RGS Board of Governors aims to increase the number of pupils who are able to attend the School because of bursary support with their fees, but this cannot be done without the support of our Foundation donors.

All bursary funds are means tested, so donors can be assured that those in receipt of them are experiencing financial hardship. An annual gift of £15,000 can allow one student to receive 100% fee relief and can provide funds to help with the cost of uniform and equipment.

The Foundation has a general Bursary Fund, and donors can also make donations to specific named funds – the AR Wheeler Bursary Fund and the Alice Ottley Bursary Fund.

Donations of any size will make a difference, and unless specified, all donations will go to the general Bursary Fund. By adding Gift Aid you can increase your donation by 25% at no cost to you.


Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.

A R Wheeler Bursary Fund

Anthony Reay Wheeler joined RGS Worcester in 1950 and served the School for his entire career until retiring in 1987. Starting as a Geography teacher and living in Whiteladies House, he rose to become Housemaster and Second Master (Deputy Head). ARW maintained contact with many of those whose lives he guided and influenced long after they left the School until his death in 2012.

Tony Wheeler was passionate about the School and unwavering in the importance he placed on as many pupils as possible receiving an RGS education. Therefore, in 2013 the Governors decided to use his substantial legacy gift to create the bursary fund named in his honour with the ambition of extending access to the School.

The Fund sits within the Foundation and the Trustees use the annual income generated from the capital base to provide additional bursary support to the School meaning that more children can receive assistance with their fees. All awards from the ARW Bursary Fund are means-tested to ensure recipients have genuine need.

Gifts of any scale can be pooled together in this fund to grow the capital thereby generating increased annual income for bursaries.

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Alice Ottley Bursary Fund

Miss Alice Ottley founded the Worcester High School for Girls in 1883 and as a true pioneer in the field of girls' education. Her legacy was to give Worcester a school that provided an educational setting for local girls and those from further afield who boarded in which they could excel academically and in other pursuits. Miss Ottley believed that financial constraints should not be a barrier to girls receiving a first class education so she launched a bursary fund herself at her School's Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1908.

The Governors are extremely proud of Miss Ottley's role in the history of the School and have created a bursary fund in her name that honours her vision and passion.

The Fund sits within the Foundation and the Trustees use the annual income generated from the capital base to provide additional bursary support to the School meaning that more children can receive assistance with their fees. All awards from The Alice Ottley Bursary Fund are means-tested to ensure recipients have genuine need.

Gifts of any scale can be pooled together in this fund to grow the capital thereby generating increased annual income for bursaries.

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