The Foundation Trustees have responsibility for two bursary funds which, with the approval of the Charity Commission were transferred from the School to the Foundation in 2018; the A R Wheeler Bursary Fund and the Alice Ottley Bursary Fund.
These two funds are used to pool together bursary donations of all sizes to build a capital base that will grow in perpetuity. The annual income generated from the capital base is used to provide awards that will be transferred by the Trustees to the School support additional bursary places at RGS. The sustained capital growth of these two funds is the best long-term approach to providing additional bursary places at the School.
Each year the Foundation Trustees will make available to the School the income generated by the funds to help cover the cost of school fees for families who require support. This is known as bursary support and is only offered to families once rigorous means-testing has been conducted by the School. This means that all historic donations and ongoing regular gifts to the funds will continue to support pupils as requested by the donors.
The A R Wheeler Bursary Fund is named in honour of the legendary RGS Second Master and Whiteladies Boarding House Master, Anthony Reay Wheeler (ARW) who taught Geography at the School for his entire career (1950-1987). ARW left a major legacy gift in 2012 to support bursaries at the School and this has been used to create this fund.
The Alice Ottley Bursary Fund was created in 2013 to honour the pioneering Headmistress who set up the Worcester High School for Girls in 1883. Upon Alice Ottley’s death in 1912 the School changed its name to reflect her achievement in establishing the School. The first beneficiary of this fund is was able to achieve a place at University after joining in the Sixth Form from a state school because of the support of an Alice Ottley Bursary.