Manchester High School for Girls

MHSG was founded in 1874 and has a long and successful history. The School offers a seamless education from age 4 to 18 and has extensive experience of helping girls to achieve their best.

All members of the school community have a strong sense of the School’s traditions, but MHSG is forward looking and keen to embrace new educational developments. At MHSG, artistic and sporting talents are nurtured and students enjoy a diverse range of extra-curricular activities. These are complemented by superb modern facilities which include a state-of-the-art sports complex, a fitness suite, a dance studio, all-weather sports pitches, a multi-purpose auditorium and a purpose-built Music House.

A new purpose-built Sixth Form Centre opened in September 2014. Students at Manchester High come from a wide range of backgrounds and this rich social and cultural mix gives the School a warm and friendly feel. The girls learn about the importance of social responsibility with charity, voluntary and community work strongly encouraged.

Highly skilled and committed staff strive to ensure that every MHSG student leaves the School a well-educated young woman, with highly-developed interpersonal skills and a broad range of interests. Our girls are confident in their own worth, prepared for an independent life and capable of making a positive contribution to society.

It is from this cornerstone that they go on to pursue varied and fulfilling careers. Entry to the Reception class is by assessment while an entrance examination is set for the Juniors and Year 7. From time to time vacancies in other year groups can become available, but the main entry levels are at ages 4, 11 and 16. Sixth Form assessment is by interview and GCSE qualifications.

Gifted & Talented
We believe in developing ambitious and able minds both in the classroom and beyond. Each department has a wide selection of development activities available to gifted and talent students who are encouraged to take ownership of their learning through enrichment activities. There are opportunities for public speaking competitions, science conferences and residential trips to further develop each girls’ curiosity and understanding of their subject.

All teachers at Manchester High School for Girls work collaboratively to ensure that all girls can access their learning with confidence. We have a wide range of subject clinics available to our students, including ‘revision and learning’ clinics during examination periods


  • Head Helen Jeys
  • Helen Jeys
  • Age range 4 - 18
  • Day / Boarding Day
  • Religious affiliation None
  • Exams
  • 14+ GCSE
  • 16+ A Level
  • Fees (per term) September 2020 - December 2020
  • Prep/Junior School
    • £2,997 - £3,024 per term
  • Senior School
    • £4,057 per term
  • Sixth Form
    • £4,057 per term
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Bursaries & Scholarships

Manchester High School for Girls is committed to providing education to academically gifted girls regardless of circumstance, and offers financial assistance through a small number of part or full bursaries.

A proportion of these bursary awards will offer assistance with tuition fees according to a sliding scale that is linked to family income.

Families with a total gross income of up to £14,500 may be eligible for full remission of fees. With a gross income of between £14,500 and £50,000 (2019/2020) families may be eligible for a partial remission of fees.

Students from families in receipt of a Bursary may qualify for free school lunches. Where there are two or more sisters attending Manchester High School for Girls at the same time and both are in receipt of financial assistance, parents may qualify for a further 20% reduction in their contribution to fees only under the bursary scheme.

Applicants should notify the School as soon as possible of their intention to apply for a bursary by completing the relevant box on the registration form supplied with the prospectus.  All bursaries are means tested – please see details above.

Support will be given on a sliding scale depending on income. As part of the process of assessing Bursary applications it is the School’s practice to visit the parents of a sample of applicants at home.

Bursary assistance will be re-evaluated annually to ensure any changes in circumstance are taken into account. Owing to a high demand and a limited number of bursary places available, bursary assistance will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement.

It is important to note that by applying for a Bursary you are not guaranteed any financial assistance. Families will receive notification of their bursary when they are advised whether their daughter has been awarded a place at MHSG.

Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of an annual grant, the maximum amount of which will be specified when a place is offered. All awards, whether calculated according to family income or on a flat rate, will be based on a combination of academic merit and a parental statement of need. They will be subject to an annual review of income.

Details will be confidential but supporting documentation will be required and the School reserves the right to seek any other documentary evidence in support of the income figures submitted which it deems necessary. Pupils, who are in receipt of a bursary and live at a considerable distance from school, may qualify for an annual grant towards the costs of travel.

A uniform grant of up to £420 may also be available to pupils in receipt of some bursary at the beginning of the first year in school only. To be considered for any of these extra grants (which are limited) parents must make a written request to the Head Mistress following their acceptance of a place.

Please contact the Finance Office for further details of the eligibility criteria or visit the School website. Bursary applications received after the entrance examination will NOT be considered.


Academic Scholarships
One or more academic scholarships may be awarded by the Governing Body for excellence in performance in the entrance examination, taken at the age of 10 or 11, for admission to the Senior School in September.

Music, Sport and Dance Scholarships
For Music, Sport and Dance Scholarships applicants should note their interest in applying when they complete the registration form. For the Music Scholarship applicants should have reached ABRSM Grade 3 or equivalent and, if chosen for audition, be prepared for sight-reading and aural tests as well as a performance on their choice of two instruments (or one instrument plus voice).

For the Dance/Sports Scholarships girls may be invited to come for an assessment where their performance will be evaluated against their peers. A written recommendation is required from a dance teacher or sports coach along with copies of any awards or certificates achieved. A scholarship is generally a percentage of fees paid and is not a fully sponsored place. The maximum allowed is 50% but most are substantially less than this.

Joint Application for a Scholarship and Bursary Assisted Place
A student may be in receipt of a scholarship and a bursary. However, if a joint award is made, the total value of the support provided will not exceed the value of the bursary, had a scholarship not been awarded.

For further information on scholarships please contact the Registrar or visit the School website. There is no financial assistance available to support girls in the Preparatory Department.

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Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Academic scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Music scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Sport scholarships

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, the GSA is not responsible for inaccuracies.

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