Bury Grammar School Old Girls


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Anna Jacobs née Sheridan, Class of 1959

Anna Jacobs is an accomplished novelist and has won many awards for her historical sagas and romances. In 2016, she was listed as the 5th most borrowed author of adult fiction in the UK library system and the 10th most borrowed author of all.

In 2015, Anna had her 70th novel published 'A Time to Remember' which is the first in a new series called 'Rivenshaw' named after the imaginary Lancashire town in which it's set.




Kate O’Flynn, Class of 2003

Kate soon decided she wanted a career in acting and after leaving BGS, gained a place at drama academy RADA.

In Issue 10 of The Key, Kate said "Straight away, I was thinking about acting seriously as a career option, I used to tell people I was going to study law because I was too embarrassed to say I wanted to be an actor - people roll their eyes - but I knew what I wanted to do. I like the make-believe of it. It's the best job in the world because to me it just seems like playing."

In 2015, in support of the new Sixth Form Centre Kate told us “I have VERY happy memories of BGS. It was such a stimulating environment; we were always encouraged to push through any glass ceilings, fulfil our potential and follow our passions. I had inspirational teachers and made lifelong friends”.

After graduating from RADA, Kate began her exciting and dramatic career starring in Mike Leigh’s Oscar nominated film Happy Go Lucky. Amongst others, she has appeared at the National Theatre and The Royal Exchange.

Kate has received rave reviews for her performances; The Guardian reported her as ‘outstanding', while the Daily Telegraph described Kate as a ‘revelation'.

In September 2016, Kate starred alongside Renée Zellweger, playing Alice Peabody in Bridget Jones’s Baby. You can watch her 'pink-carpet' interview here.



Major Catherine Masling, Class of 1995

Catherine was the first girl to join CCF in 1993 and the experience sparked her interest in a military career.  Whilst studying at Leeds University, this interest was developed through involvement with Leeds University Officers’ Training Corps (LUOTC) and it was during this time that she decided on a career in the Army.

Catherine completed Officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in December 2000 and commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC).  Her career has included postings across the UK and Germany and operational deployments to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan which involved being part of a team providing real-time medical support to the soldiers on the ground.

Catherine told us that she believes BGS formed her character and provided her with an opportunity to develop the confidence, self-reliance and leadership skills required to pursue a professional military career as a Commissioned Officer in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.



Helen and Lisa Tse, Class of 1996

Helen studied Law at the University of Cambridge and Lisa studied Business at Manchester Metropolitan University. The successful entrepreneurs opened their award winning restaurant, Sweet Mandarin, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter in 2004 and both Helen and Lisa were awarded an MBE in 2014 for their contribution to the food and drink sector.

The twin sisters have written four books, two of which were Times Bestsellers, starred on Gordon Ramsey’s F Word, cooked for the Prime Minister of China and David Cameron at No. 10 and succeeded to impress the judges on the BBC2 hit series Dragons Den with their own range of gluten free sauces now sold across the globe.