Founders’ Day at Bury Grammar School

The Bury Grammar School (BGS) calendar holds a significant event each year, celebrating the refounding of the school and honoring its benefactors and donors. This year marks the 454th anniversary of Bury Grammar School Boys, originally founded in 1570 by Reverend Henry Bury, a wealthy philanthropic clergyman committed to educating the people of Bury, Reverend Peter Shaw, the Rector of Bury, and Edward Stanley, the third Earl of Derby, who donated the land on which the school was built. Today, the school proudly educates nearly 700 girls and 700 boys.

The Founders’ Day procession through the streets of Bury to Bury Parish Church is a breathtaking spectacle. Led by the Corps of Drums, students march with pride to the church for the official ceremony. The school’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF), which includes an Army Section from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and an RAF section established in 2019, has a storied history dating back to 1892. This long-standing tradition underscores the school’s strong ties to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, befitting Bury’s heritage as the home of the Lancashire Fusiliers.

Mrs. Grace Mehta, Wing Commander of the RAF Air Cadets and CCF Contingent Commander, led the parade alongside the Principal, Senior Leaders, Governors, and Senior Prefects. Junior and Senior pupils also participated in the procession. Upon reaching the centre of Bury, the group paused at the Cenotaph to honour those who died in the First and Second World Wars. The RSM and School Captain laid a wreath, and the Last Post was poignantly played by Hattie, a Year 11 student.

The service at Bury Parish Church was attended by students from Years 9 to 13, the CCF, teachers, staff, Governors, supporters, friends of the school, and local dignitaries. The event featured a heartfelt sermon by Reverend Heaton, adding to the day’s significance.

Principal Jo Anderson expressed her gratitude: “As we celebrate our 454th year and honour the legacy of our founders and benefactors, we embrace the timeless values that have guided BGS through centuries of excellence in education. Thank you to our team at school, guests, and supporters who made Founders’ Day such a special occasion. We are immensely proud of our school and look forward to the future with great optimism.”

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