Our Mission

Bury Church Of England High School...

...bringing the heart of God to the heart of learning.

"The Christian ethos of the school permeates every aspect of school life." (Ofsted, 2016)

A very warm welcome to Bury Church of England High School’s website where we hope you will be able to get a flavour of our school. Using the site will enable you to learn about our wide-ranging and diverse curriculum, about the departments, and life at Bury CE High School. You can also keep up to date with recent developments and learn about extra-curricular activities that pupils are encouraged to take part in.

Thank you for visiting us.

Reverend C. Watson (Headteacher)

News and Notices

Bury Church of England High School Remembers

On the 9th November at 10.30 am, members of the school and local community gathered to pay our respects to the fallen. In this the centenary year of the Armistice, members of the armed forces, along with former pupils attended the event along with pupils who are part of uniformed organisations, those involved in form worship, the senior prefects and also the Head Boy, Head Girl and their deputies.

Current members of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers joined our service along with former members of the armed forces and also the family of a former pupil of the school who had served in the British army. Sgt Eric White Attended Church Central School 1955 – 1959. He joined the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and served for 27 years. During this time he was stationed in Gibraltar and Hong Kong, he also carried out seven tours of duty in Northern Ireland during the troubles.During these tours he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery which was presented to him by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately Eric died of cancer in 1997 aged 52. Eric’s story has been preserved in our Book of Remembrance which we hope to continue to add to.

The last post was sounded in the main hall and also at different stations around school. This was sounded by a professional bugler from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers along with a retired soldier, Mr Battye and several pupils. A bagpipe lament was also played by Richard France, a former pupil of the school.

The logo pictured was designed by Holly Ridings, year 11. She has designed a logo which joins all the threads of the Bury Armistice Commemoration Trail and it has been used extensively in pamphlets and advertising linked with Bury’s Remembrance Events.

Additionally, in the service silhouettes from the national art installation ‘There but not there’ were seated amongst the congregation. The intention of this was to enable those present to reflect on the contribution and sacrifice made by the previous generation and also reflect on the impact that this would have had on the families and communities of those who served. The silhouettes provided a haunting reminder of the people who served in armed conflicts and gave their lives so that we might have a future, they also provided focus on the fact that many of those who died were from our own communities and had left a lasting legacy in our immediate vicinity.


Reflecting on the importance of such an event Reverend Watson said “The School has held a Remembrance Day service every year because we believe that it is important to pass on to the next generation the message that there can be no winners in war. Additionally, we want our pupils to reflect on the fact that members of our community sacrificed much in order to try to create a better world for them, so that we might in turn inspire them to create a better world which transforms lives for good and creates better communities.”

Engaging Parents Evening

On November 26th 2018, Bury CE High School will hosting a ‘Know the Facts’ workshop delivered by Naked Truth from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

At Bury CE High School we believe it is essential that teachers and parents are aware of internet and social media misuse and based on current statistics we feel this session will touch upon prevalent topics for our young people. One UK survey found that 81% of young people look at pornography online at home with 1 in 3 first seeing sexual images before the age of 10. Furthermore, 94% out of a 1000 students said they had watched pornography before the age of 14.

This workshop will give you an opportunity to ask the Naked Truth team any questions you may have but will also inform you further on the issues surrounding pornography and provide you with practical advice on how to manage explicit content in your home as well as how to have open and honest discussions with your children. You’ll also gain exclusive access to an online parents pack. Naked Truth will also be offering advice on misuse of social media.

A letter will be sent home with your child on Friday 16th November. Please could you sign and return the slip if you wish to attend.

Sports Report 1 – 2018/19

Project Rugby – Sale Sharks

Bury Church of England High School are working closely with Sale Sharks as part of ‘Project Rugby’.  This project is aimed at participation in Rugby Union in school time and out of school time.  It also aims to get as many students as possible involved in playing Rugby Union for a local side and provides a pathway for Rugby Union outside of school time.  Rugby Union coaches from Sale Sharks have been delivering lessons to Boys and Girls in Years 9-11.  The response so far from students in school has been excellent and the coaches from Sale Sharks have been really impressed with the behaviour and attitude of the students from our school.

Rugby training is on every Thursday after school from 3.35pm to 4.35pm and it is open to all students.


School Games Mark – BRONZE

The PE Department at Bury CE High School applied for the ‘School Games Mark’ towards the end of the last academic year.  This is a national award that recognises the quantity of PE, extra-curricular PE and Sport that a school offers over each academic year.  As part of this process Bury CE High School was selected to be externally validated.  We are delighted to announce that we achieved a ‘BRONZE School Games Mark’ for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.  Bury CE High School was the first high school in the local authority to achieve this award.  The visiting inspector who came to validate the award was really impressed with the extensive amount of PE and Sport on offer at Bury Church of England High School.


Bury CE High School PE Department – Sports Awards

At the end of the last academic year the PE Department held their annual Sports Award Evening.  The awards evening was held in the school hall and it was great to welcome the former Bury  CE High School PE staff of Mr Dorey and Miss Leng to the celebration.

Our special guest on the evening was an up and coming local Boxer called Jack Catterall.  Jack who is from Chorley has a won a number of Boxing titles and has the potential to be a Boxing superstar.  Jack spoke to the audience about his career and the importance of hard work in sport alongside hard work in school.

Sports awards medals and certificates were then presented to selected students for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Hard working in PE lessons
  • Commitment to extra-curricular PE clubs
  • Sports leadership
  • Representing the school at sport
  • Sporting excellence in school or out of school
  • Showing resilience and determination to be successful in sport
  • Positive attitude to learning in PE
  • Positive role model to other students in PE and sport

Sports awards trophies were then presented to the ‘Players of the Year’ from the different sports we offer in school.

The final part of the celebration was to award the overall ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ trophies to a Boy and a Girl in Years 7-10.  The ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ awards went to the following students in the last academic year:

  • Year 7 – Joe and Freya
  • Year 8 – Garrett and Abigail
  • Year 9 – Ben and Makenzie
  • Year 10 – Joel and Ella

Well done to all the students who achieved ‘Sports Awards’ for 2017 to 2018.


Year 11 Basketball Results

The Year 11 Boys Basketball team played their first competitive game of the season against a really strong team from St Gabriel’s who won the game 45 points to 20.  St Gabriel’s started the game really well and got ahead with a strong lead but it was really pleasing that Bury CE High School finished the game well in the last two quarters and did not give up.  Player of the match was Josh.

The team went on to play their second game of the season against Elton.  Bury CE High School won 27 points to 23.  The students all showed fantastic attitude and the hard work in training from the previous Thursday’s training session was clear to see.  Bury CE High School were the stronger team overall and could have scored a lot more points and will need to be more clinical around the basket in future games.  Well done to all students who played.  Player of the match was Adam from Year 10 who was playing for the Year 11s.

The Year 11 Boys Basketball team went on to play a strong team from Bury Grammar.  The students worked really hard but came up against an excellent team.  Bury Grammar won the game 66 points to 33.  Player of the match was again Adam from Year 10 who was playing for the Year 11s.

Year 11 Netball Results
  • Bury CE High School 9 Woodhey 5
  • Bury CE High School 12 Elton 7
  • Bury CE High School 12 St Monica’s 3
  • Player of the competition – Ella


Year 10 Netball Result

Bury CE High School 23 St Gabriel’s 13

Player of the match – Hannah


Year 9 Netball Result

Bury CE High School 20 St Gabriel’s 0

Player of the match – Abigail


Hockey Results – Year 10/11 combined

Bury CE High School 1 Philips 0 Player of the match – Lauren

Bury CE High School 1 Parrenthorn 2 Player of the match – Jade


Year 8 Boys Football Results

The Year 8 ‘B’ team played in two football competitions at Bury Grammar and had mixed results.  It was really pleasing to see the excellent attitudes of the students from Bury CE High School who all seemed to enjoy the opportunity to play for school.  The two players of the ‘B’ team competitions were Kian and Jack.

The Year 8 ‘A’ team played Bury Grammar in the first round of the Manchester Cup.  Bury CE High School dominated the majority of this game and won 2-0.  Goal scorers were Reuben and Joe.  Man of the match was Jacob who gave a confident and assured performance in the centre of defence.

The Year 8 ‘A’ team played in a Bury Schools Football competition at Heaton Park and won the competition overall.

Scores were as follows:

  • Bury CE High School 3 Castlebrook 0 Goal scorers: Niall (2) and Oliver
  • Bury CE High School 1 Broadoak 0 Goal scorer: Oliver
  • Bury CE High School 1 Prestwich 0 Goal scorer: Adam
  • Bury CE High School 1 Parrenthorn 1 Goal scorer: Niall
  • Player of the competition: Niall


Year 11 Boys Football Result

Bury CE High School 0 St Gabriel’s 4 Player of the match – Robbie


Year 10 Boys Football Result

Bury CE High School 2 St Gabriel’s 1 Player of the match – Leo


Year 7 Boys Football Result

Bury CE High School 2             St Gabriel’s 1                   Player of the match – Tyler

Boys football training is on every Wednesday after school on the school field from 3.35 – 4.35pm and is open to all students.


Year 8 Boys Rugby Result

Bury CE High School played a Rugby Union game away against Bury Grammar at the Buckley Wells playing fields.  The game was really close game and played in an excellent manner.  Bury Grammar won by 1 try in the end but we can be really pleased with the way we performed.  Scorers : Jack with 4 trys and Noah with 1 try.  Player of the match: Jack with an outstanding performance.


Girls Football

Girls football training has been taking place regularly.  If you are interested in playing girls football please see a member of PE staff or Diana in the school office.


The U13s girls played away at Crompton House, Oldham in the Greater Manchester Schools Competition.  Bury CE High School played really well but ended up losing 3-1.  Olivia in Year 7 scored two goals in the game but one was deemed off-side and the Player of the Match was Olivia in Year 8.


The U15s girls played in the U16s Bury Schools football competition at Woodhey.  Bury CE High School played really well against older students and finished in a fantastic joint 1st overall.  The scores were as follows:

  • Bury CE High School 1 Woodhey 0
  • Bury CE High School 3 Castlebrook 0
  • Bury CE High School 0 Tottington 0
  • Bury CE High School 1 St Gabriel’s 1
  • Player of the competition – Esme in Year 10


The U15s girls played away at Wellington High School, Altrincham in the Greater Manchester Schools Competition.  It was very much a game of tactics as both teams were very evenly matched.  Bury CE High School found themselves 3-1 down at one point.  But showed a great team spirit and worked hard for each other to over turn the deficit to eventually win the game 3-4.  With goals coming from Robyn (3) and Hollie (1).  Girl of the match was Olivia who showed a great determination throughout the game.  The team of Hollie, Robyn, Olivia, Esme, Sophie, Makenzie, Daisy, Emily, Ella, Jasmine, Emma & Faith will now go on to the semi-final which is due to be played before the 20 December.


The Year 7 girls team made their first outing for Bury CE High School with a trip to Elton High School to play the host team, The Derby and Parrenthorn in the Bury Schools 5-a-side competition.  The girls first match was against Elton.  It was unfamiliar rules to some who had not played a competitive football match before and for others a change to the normal rules they play on a weekend.  Whilst they adapted they found themselves 2-0 down, but soon re-adjusted and brought the game back to 2-2, with fabulous goals from Olivia.  With seconds to go Elton just stole the game 3 – 2.  It was very pleasing to see the girls take on board instruction and apply it quickly.  The second game was against The Derby High School.  This was the girls best performance by far.  They were organised and moved the ball well.  And in just a short 8 minute game of football Olivia scored a further 3 goals and Sienna got on the score sheet with 2 of her own.  It was a great 5-2 win for Bury CE High School.  Last game and we knew we where likely to finish second and with this in mind the girls rotated on and off the pitch to ensure everyone got to play plenty of minutes.  Olivia scored another 2 before being substituted off.  Bury CE High School finished second overall.  A very pleasing result.  Girl of the tournament was Olivia.  A special mention to Ellie in goal, who saved a penalty.  And to the rest of the team, Lucy, Leah, Sienna, Rosie, Lois, Matilda, Polly and Millie who showed great skill and determination.


Well done to all the students who have represented the school at sport or attended PE practices.



Remembrance 2018




If so, we are looking for relatives of family members to get in touch.

As 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the Great War, we are asking members of the community to come forward if your relative was a former pupil of our school. We intend to commemorate them in our Remembrance Day service on 9th November and would like to know details about when they attended our school and when they served. Relatives will be invited to attend the service.

We will also be participating in the national ‘There but not There’ installation to remember the fallen of the First World War. We intend to take the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in this conflict off the Rolls of Honour and back into the spaces they left behind in the forms of silhouette installations in our service. For more information, please visit www.therebutnotthere.org.uk.

If you would like to get in touch, please contact offman@burychurch.bury.sch.uk or alternatively, phone school on 0161 797 6236 and ask to speak to Mrs Stedman, Head of RE.

PE Extra-Curricular Timetable

PE Extra-Curricular 2 2018 to 2019

Sports Report 8

The PE Department at Bury CE High School recently applied for the ‘School Games Mark’. This is a national award that recognises the quantity of PE, extra-curricular PE and Sport that a school offers over each academic year. As part of this process Bury CE High School was selected to be externally validated. We are delighted to announce that we achieved a ‘BRONZE School Games Mark’ for the 2017 to 2018 academic year. Bury Church was the first high school in the local authority to achieve this award. The visiting inspector who came to validate the award was really impressed with the extensive amount of PE and Sport on offer at Bury Church of England High School.

Sports Report 7

Badminton Competition v Bury Grammar School for Boys
19 students from Year 9 attended a friendly Badminton competition against Bury Grammar School for Boys.  The competition took place at Bury Church.
Timed games consisted of singles and doubles games with overall points scored being taken after every round of games.
The games were really close but finished 432 points to Bury Church and 444 points to Bury Grammar.
Well done to all the students who took part.   
It is hoped in the next academic year that more regular fixtures for Badminton will take place each half term.
Under 13’s Boys Cricket
The Under 13’s Boys Cricket team played two games against Woodhey and Elton.  
Bury Church beat Woodhey in a game where both teams bowled 16 overs.  
Bury Church then beat Elton and this game came down to the final over with Bury Church winning by 1 run.  
Girls Rounders Results
Mon 25th June: Year 7, 8 and 9 AWAY @Gabs – Rounders. 
Year 8 & 9 Won.
Year 7 lost by 1/2.
Tues 26th June: Year 7 Rally AWAY @ Phillips – Rounders.
Lost against Phillips, Won against Monica’s, Lost against Parrenthorn, Won against Gabs.
Came Joint 2nd in our league. 
Tues 12th June: Year 9 Rally AWAY @ Phillips – Rounders
Drew against Bury Grammar, Lost against Parrenthorn, Lost against Phillips.
Sports Day 2018 Report
The 2018 Bury Church Sports Day took place on Tuesday 19th June in the afternoon.  This was a whole school event on the school field with all students either competing or spectating.  Some events had to take place on Monday 18th June.  It was fantastic to see so many students competing for their form groups. There was a great atmosphere on the school field for Sports Day 2018.  
Form groups in each year group competed against each other with a form group from every year group winning overall.
For the first time this year we also have an overall champion based on form groups from different year groups working together to gain points.  The forms that worked together from different year groups were all linked to ‘Christian Sporting Role Models’.
Some new and more inclusive events were introduced for Sports Day 2018 with the sack race and tug of war taking place.
Mr Dorey also returned to watch Sports Day 2018 and it was great to him see back at school following his retirement from teaching last summer.  Overall Sports Day 2018 went really well and a big thank you must go to all the staff and students in school.
The results and new school records are shown below:

Year 7

1st: 7UG (KI) with 78 Points
2nd: 7CG (BR) with 72 Points
3rd: 7YG (DM) with 65 Points
4th: 7BG (NM) with 60 Points
5th: 7RG (RKR) with 51 Points
6th: 7EG (SW) with 50 Points
Year 8
1st: 8YL (PC) with 89 Points
2nd: 8RL (NB and CF) with 83 Points
3rd: 8BL (CHG) with 65 Points
4th: 8UL (HJ) with 56 Points
Joint 5th: 8CL (SB and JF) and 8EL (AG) with 52 Points
Year 9
1st: 9RN (MC) with 88 Points
Joint 2nd: 9BN (HS) and 9UN (VP) with 79 Points
4th: 9YN (NP) with 69 Points
5th: 9CN (JN) with 59 Points
6th: 9EN (CRS) with 52 Points
Year 10
1st: 10RB (LWY) with 96 Points
Joint 2nd: 10BB (YA) and 10EB (TG) with 77 Points
4th: 10UB (BT) with 72 Points
5th: 10CB (LC) with 65 Points
6th: 10YB (T M) with 62 Points
New School Records 2018
Year 7 Boys Shot Putt: Andrew from 7YY (DM’s Form) threw 8.85 metres.  The previous record was 8.82 metres from 2002.
Year 8 Girls 4 x 100 Metres: 8YL (PC’s Form) ran 57.96 in the 4 x 100 metre relay.  The previous record was 57.98 from 1999.  The team consisted of Robyn, Beth, Gina and Abi.
Year 10 Girls Discus: Leonie from 10CB (LC’s Form) threw 25.10 metres.  The previous record was 23.51 metres in 2017.
Year 10 Boys 1500 Metres: Josh from 10EB (TG’s Form) ran 4.37 in the 1500 metres.  The previous record was 4.38.10 from 2000.

The table for Overall Champions can be downloaded here

Well done to all the students who took part in Sports Day 2018, who have attended extra-curricular PE clubs over this academic year and who have represented school at sport over this academic year.

School day consultation ended

The school consultation period to consider responses from all parties about the extension of the school day has now closed and all responses have been considered.

Letters are being circulated to parents/guardians of pupils who attend the school, all staff and the school’s stakeholder friends and partners. The letters provide information about the changes to the school day which will become effective in September 2018.

All letters are attached to this news item for your information.




Sports Reports 6 – 2018

Girls Football Success
Well done to Sophie, Esme and Hollie in Year 9 who play for Bury FC.  All three students won the Lancashire County Cup, South Manchester Girls League Challenge Cup, South Manchester Girls League, League Cup and came South Manchester Girls League Runners-Up all at U15s.  Well done also to Mrs Golding who coaches and manages the team.  They have all had a fantastic Football season. 
Boys Rugby League Success
Bury Church entered Rugby League teams from Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 into a Bury schools competition.  The games took place at Phillips High School.  Salford City Reds organised the games.  Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 qualified for the next round of the competition at the AJ Bell Stadium in June.  The Year 7 team were really unlucky as they came joint second but missed out on the number of tries scored by 1 try.  All the students who attended were excellent.  The success is even more pleasing as we teach Rugby Union at Bury Church.  Well done to all the students involved.   
Basketball Update
Basketball Club is on every morning in the Sportshall from 8am to 8.30am.  This club is open to all students.  Basketball training is on every Tuesday after school from 3.35pm to 4.35pm in the Sportshall.  Gary Davies who is an excellent Basketball coach is leading the Tuesday evening training sessions and we are lucky to have access to such an outstanding coach.  Our Year 9 Sports Leaders are also helping out at the Tuesday evening training sessions.  The Tuesday training is open to any students in Year 7 or Year 8.  The Bury schools Basketball competitions have now finished but we hope to organise some training games against other schools.  
Badminton Update
Badminton club is on every morning in the Sportshall from 8am to 8.30am.  This is open to all students.  Badminton club is on every Monday and Friday lunch in the Sportshall and is again open to all students.  We hope to arrange some friendly Badminton fixtures soon against other schools.  
Athletics Success
Well done to Abi in Year 8 and Josh in Year 10 who were selected to represent Bury schools at the Greater Manchester Athletics competition on Saturday 9th June.  The standard to qualify for this competition was really high.  Abi competed in the 75 metre hurdles and come 3rd overall.  Josh competed in the 1500 metres and came 3rd overall in his age group.  Well done to both Abi and Josh on their excellent achievements.  
Girls Rounders Results
Year 10 played in a Rounders rally at Phillips High School.  The team came 3rd in their division.
Year 7 played Rounders against Bury Grammar and there were some really close games against strong opponents.
Rounders practice is every Monday after school along with every Tuesday lunch for Year 7/8 and every Wednesday lunch for Year 9/10.

Open Evening September 2018

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