Bursary Fund

The Bursary Fund at Sheffield High School provides full and part bursaries to girls from across the city and region irrespective of race, religion and social background. Each year there are girls who are offered a place based on the results of their entrance examination performance to whom we are unable to offer the financial assistance they deserve.

Many former SHS pupils will have attended the school on a full government-funded bursary. However, this support no longer exists. We are fortunate that the GDST provides assistance with bursaries but there is always more need. Over half the girls who are eligible to receive bursaries have to be turned away and it is a key priority of the school to change this.

Why are bursaries needed at SHS?

“I strongly believe in maintaining the rich diversity of the social backgrounds of girls at this school and providing opportunities to more girls.


Mrs Valerie Dunsford

Since I joined the school in 2004, I have met so many girls and their parents who are unable to pay for their place at Sheffield High School but for whom I know the education that our school provides is life-changing. I remember girls who started the school on a bursary in Year 7 and who had difficulties at home and low self-confidence who have thrived on the community spirit, strong educational values and caring ethos of the High School, have achieved marvellous exam results and have now gone on to read for degrees at the best universities in the country.

Each year I have to tell so many girls that we do not have the funding to support them and this is one of the hardest parts of my job as I know how life-changing the opportunity of a bursary can be. We have a very strong community of former pupils, staff and friends and I am so grateful to everyone who is already supporting our Bursary Fund. I hope that more people will join us in inviting more deserving girls to attend Sheffield High School.”

Mrs Valerie Dunsford, Headmistress

How can you make a difference?

All donations to The Bursary Fund are greatly appreciated by the school and although a number of large donations will be required to fund a full bursary, all levels of support are vital as we aim to ensure that fewer girls are denied the opportunity of a Sheffield High School education.

What does an SHS bursary mean to a pupil?

Beatrix Raybould

“Going to SHS made me see my own full potential and as cheesy as it sounds the school has made me realise that I can do whatever I want with my future. I think it is extremely important that people continue to provide bursary support. I would not have been able to attend SHS without a bursary and I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”

Beatrix Raybould, Class of 2012 Bursary Recipient

“I am forever indebted to the school which gave me so much, and to the generous donors who funded my bursary. Without that generosity, I find it difficult to imagine that I’d be where I am now; in my third year of studying Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University.”

Cathy Collett, Class of 2010 Bursary Recipient

Where will my donation go?

Donations to The Bursary Fund will go towards funding full and part bursaries but will also provide extra financial assistance to bursary-funded girls such as help with uniform costs, school trips and travel expenses. This ensures that girls are able to access the same opportunities as their peers.

A full bursary costs £10,000 per year and is awarded at Year 7 or on entry to Sixth Form. Part bursaries are sometimes awarded and there may also be opportunity for a part bursary to be matched by funding from the school or the GDST.

All bursary information is kept strictly confidential and the pupils and many of the teaching staff are unaware of the pupils’ financial backgrounds. More information about bursaries and scholarships can be found on the scholarships and bursaries page.

How can I make a donation?

You can make a donation online here or for more information visit the Make a Gift page.