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Our Bursary Campaign


The core aim of the Foundation's charitable objectives is to provide funds to the School in order to provide financial support for pupils and families experiencing economic hardship, or who would otherwise be unable to afford an RGS education.

RGS has a long and proud history of providing an excellent education to talented pupils, regardless of their financial backgrounds.This began in 1626 when Alderman Thomas Moore bequeathed an annual income of £40.6s.8d to the School to support “the bringing up of ten poor children, all male children, lawfully begotten, whose parents are destitute of abilities and means to give them necessary food and raiment, much less to give them education”.

This tradition continued into the 20th Century with the Assisted Places Scheme, which allowed RGS to offer 42 places per year to pupils who would otherwise be unable to afford an RGS education. By the time the Scheme closed to new applicants in 1997, 40% of pupils were being offered some form of support to attend RGS. The Alice Ottley School made equally good use of the Scheme to enable girls to attend the School.

Since the merger between RGS and The Alice Ottley School in 2007, over £5 million has been used to fund places at the School, allowing more than 230 pupils to receive bursary support, with some receiving 100% fee remission thanks to the generosity of our donors. This funding has come from a portion of the School's fee income, along with funds donated to the Foundation by our community of alumni, parents and staff.

The Foundation supports the School's ambition to provide access and opportunity for all children who would thrive at RGS. The Foundation's goal is to significantly increase the number of bursary places offered the School and it is only with your support that this will be possible.

With your support a further 10 will pupils benefit from 100% bursary support by 2026, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Thomas Moore's gift to the School.

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