Parent Portal account details have now been emailed to parents of Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 students.
Diary date March 10th & 11th @ 7pm: School production – ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’.
Diary date W/B Monday Mar 16th: Year 9 Review Week
Diary date Monday Mar 3th: BCEHS Friends Meeting

Welcome to Bury Church of England High School

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

Weather watch

During the winter period there are rare occasions when school may need to close. If you think there is a likelihood of school closure please check here for the most up-to-date information.

School Newsletter

Details about the large number of events and extra-curricular activities which take place in school can always be found in the school newsletter, Grapevine, which is published six times a year.

GCSE English Revision Guides

Year 11 are taking the OCR GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language examinations this summer. Many pupils and parents have asked for advice concerning purchasing revision guides.  Unfortunately most revision guides for English focus on the more widely used exam boards.

With this in mind we have produced three helpful guides for you to download and use to support your revision over the coming weeks.  The Writing guide is aimed at all pupils regardless of whether you are taking higher or foundation tier and contains past questions as well as guidance on planning, paragraphing, using techniques and developing a variety of sentence structures.  The Reading guides are targeted at specific tiers of entry because the number of the questions is different.

The Higher guide focuses across the three large tariff questions and supports you with model answers and a past paper.  The Foundation guide will focus on how to pick up the easy marks on the low tariff questions and on how to maximise the marks available on questions 1d, 2a and 2b. If you have difficulty downloading these documents please speak to your English teacher as soon as you can. Happy Revising!

School Production

We are pleased to announce our annual school production which this year is ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’, a tale from the renowned play, ‘Arabian Nights’. The production will take place on Tuesday the 10th and Wednesday the 11th of March at 7pm in the school hall. Doors open from 6:30pm and drinks will be available before the show. The pupils have worked extremely hard to engage the audience in this Arabian adventure full of songs, dancing, plenty of laughter and of course fantastic acting! If you wish to see this amazing show, tickets will be sold from the main school reception or alternatively around school for just £3.50 for adults and £2 for children or concessions. We hope to see you there!

Parent Portal

Our new parent portal will be going live in the next few weeks. Via the portal you will be able to access information about your child including, assessment and attendance data, behaviour and achievement records, daily timetable and contact / personal details.

If you are an existing parent at the school and would like access to the portal it will be important for the email address that we hold for the main family contact to be correct. Please check with school if you are unsure if this is already the case or if you want to give us an updated address. More….

Year 11 Consultation Evening

On Thursday 15th January we held our Year 11 Consultation Evening. Attendance on the evening was excellent at over 97% of year 11 parents/carers attending. The consultation evening was arranged at the earliest date possible after our year 11s received their mock GCSE results. Parents and students were given feedback and information of what their child had to do to achieve their full potential in the summer examinations. Parents and students were also given useful information on revision sources and revision sessions being held in school. We would like to thank all parents/carers for your continued support.

December 2014 Trial Examinations Timetable

Please use this link to visit the examinations timetable for the Trial Exams which begin on Tuesday 2nd December and finish on Thursday 11th December 2014.

The exams are of importance to your child as they are vital, in particular for Year 11 pupils, in assessing their progress, setting future targets and determining the estimated grades which are sent out to college.

The trial examination for Year 10 Religious Studies is on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th December 2014. Pupils will be assessed on the work they completed during Year 9.

Should there be a problem with your son/daughter not attending an examination for any reason, please contact the Exams Office at the school.

2014 GCSE Results Certificates Collection

Should you need to collect your GCSE certificates, please contact the Exams Office at school either by email to M. Johnson or telephone (0161 797 6236), to make an appointment to call into school. The Exams Office is open between 9.30am and 3.00pm Monday to Friday during school term time.

If you cannot collect your certificates personally, but wish to have them collected for you, for instance by a family member, you will need to contact the Exams Office giving details of the person you have authorised to collect your certificates. Only the authorised person can collect your certificates. The authorised person must bring with them a letter signed by you stating that you give permission for your certificates to be collected and they must bring proof of their identity (e.g. driving licence, passport etc.).

Parent Governor Nominations

An invitation has been sent out to parents/guardians to invite nominations for a Parent Governor to serve on the Governing Body for 4 years from November 2014.

Information about the role, the responsibilities of a Parent Governor and a nomination form can be found here: Parent Governor Information

If you wish to serve on the Governing Body as a Parent Governor please complete the form and return it to Mrs. M. Johnson, Clerk to Governors at the school no later than noon on Friday 14th November 2014.

NO NOMINATIONS CAN BE MADE AFTER THAT DATE.

The results of any election will be notified in the next available issue of the ‘Grapevine’.

Mrs M Johnson
Clerk to Governors

Working together to give orphaned children a real future

Working together to give orphaned children a real future “Do it slowly!” said one pupil as male members of Bury Church School staff had their legs waxed to raise funds for the building work at a children’s home in Malawi.

As well as the sponsored leg wax, students and staff at the school have undertaken a whole host of fundraising activities during August and September. Learning assistant Mr Wilkinson hurtled down Europe’s longest and fastest zip-wire at 100 mph while staff and students collected unwanted clothes.

Others bought made and sold cakes while Meg in Year 11, Richard in Year 10 and Luke in Year 9 – some of the school’s chattiest pupils – spent seven hours in a sponsored silence. The Bury Church branch of “Hannah’s Children’s Home” is close to completion and every penny of the £500 raised so far will be used to create a loving home for a group of orphans, who would otherwise be living on the streets of Blantyre.

Even the Bury depot of First bus company joined in, not only loaning their staff bus to transport the clothes to the weigh-in station, but also doubling the money with a donation of £500. It will be used to buy the first 10 pigs of a piggery project, generating a regular income for food and school fees.

The children’s home is the second of its kind; the first being established three years ago when a former pupil of the school visited Malawi with a team from church and charity, PFJ Ministries. Meeting children who had lost their parents through disease, and forced to beg or commit crime for food, he helped set up the first “Hannah’s Children’s Home”, named after another member of the group called.

Mrs Walker, who is visiting Malawi at the end of October, is looking forward to bringing back reports of the very real difference that will be made in the lives of the children. “The enthusiasm of our pupils has been infectious” she said, adding: “The bravery of Mr Adjei, Mr Daniel Sam and Mr Guest, willing to let pupils wax their legs for the sake of children they’ve not even met, shows real compassion.