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The environment is disciplined but the classes are relaxed and buzzy, with lively discussion encouraged. We witnessed a debate about the Second World War in a history class – much laughter despite differences of opinion. Humour is important in the...

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We are a forward-looking school with high aspirations and a commitment to unlocking every pupil’s potential. Our pupils and their teachers aim high in every area - in academic studies, the huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer and in developing personal skills and qualities.

An All-round Education

Pupils leave us as well-rounded, confident and independent young adults with excellent academic qualifications, a positive approach to life and their studies, and a grounding which will undoubtedly help them to succeed in the future. At BGSG we provide our students with a top class education where every student has the opportunity to excel and take part in a range of academic subjects and extra-curricular activities. Our students are encouraged to contribute to the community through voluntary work and also take part in work experience, school trips, opportunities provided by local businesses and national events.

A Grammar School with a Modern Approach

The Bury Grammar Schools have a long and successful history, dating back to 1570. We are both immensely proud of our traditions and happy to be a modern school, keen to embrace new technologies and innovative teaching methods. As part of our history we are proud of our former students who remain part of our Old Girls’ and Old Boys’ Associations, and not only act as role models for our current students but have forged a strong relationship with the school which will continue throughout their lives.

Small Class Sizes

Our pupils benefit from age 3 to 18 from the impressive range of skills and expertise offered by our teaching staff, as well as the considerable advantages presented by small teaching groups which focus carefully on individual support and progress. As a girls’ school with a brother school, Bury Grammar School Boys, we can offer all the benefits of single sex teaching alongside the advantages of being able to participate in extra-curricular activities with BGSB pupils.

Outstanding Facilities

As a strong and successful school, we are fortunate to enjoy 21st century facilities including a modern, well equipped Junior School and purpose built classrooms for our Early Years Foundation Stage pupils. We also have a state of the art Sixth Form Centre with its own cafeteria and an Arts Centre which provides excellent Library facilities and modern light art rooms. Many other parts of the school have been enhanced in recent years including the food and textile rooms, music rooms and laboratories. Our excellent sports facilities include a swimming pool.

Outstanding Pastoral Care

The BGSG approach to pastoral care is a caring and modern one: relationships between pupils and teachers are excellent and we entrust girls with positions of leadership to bring out the best in them and above all we are committed to fostering a happy learning environment where girls can thrive. We are also proud of the strong bonds built with parents through regular communications.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Psychology at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking ICT at an English Independent School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking English Language & Lit at an English Independent School (GCSE)

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What The Good Schools Guide says

The environment is disciplined but the classes are relaxed and buzzy, with lively discussion encouraged. We witnessed a debate about the Second World War in a history class – much laughter despite differences of opinion. Humour is important in the teaching and some of the staff could give alumna Victoria Wood a run for her money. Parents told us that good relations between staff and pupils gets the best out of even...


Since September 2015, Jo Anderson, previously principal of the Girls’ Division of the King’s School in Macclesfield. Modern languages degree from Leeds, where she also trained as a teacher and completed a masters in education. Has taught at Leeds High, Stockport Grammar, the Queen's School Chester and Manchester Grammar, where she was appointed deputy head of sixth form. She lives in Stockport with her...

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Special Education Needs

BGSG has a truly inclusive approach and is keen to support pupils with a range of talents and abilities. The headmistress has a special interest in providing for pupils with different ways of learning and it is an integral part of pupils' education that every classroom teacher caters successfully for different learning styles. The school understands the pressures on parents of children with specific learning needs and supports them as well.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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