School will open at the usual time on Monday January 5th, 2015
A joyous Christmas and a peaceful 2015 to all!
Diary date: Year 11 Trial Exam results will be issued on Thursday 8th January

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

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.

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.

International visitor – September 2014

colonel-azim-international-visitorThe school was pleased and honoured to host a visit by Colonel Azim, Director of the Education Board of the Diocese of Lahore, for a full day on October 1st. The Colonel was welcomed by our Head Boy and Girl and senior prefects and they introduced him to the school and its history. He then was shown around on a tour by our deputy head boy and girl (pictured here with the colonel) during which time he was able to spend time in the classrooms observing both English and maths lessons. Later in the day, Colonel Azim spent time participating in staff training programmes and was given briefings about the school’s systems of quality assurance and progress monitoring.

The school is building up a partnership with a school in the Lahore diocese, St Denys, which is one of the schools for which Colonel Azim is responsible. The Colonel brought letters of greeting (all written with immaculate penmanship and superb literary craft) from pupils in the school; they were replying to some of our pupils’ earlier correspondence. St Denys is situated high up in the hills in a resort called Murree, and we hope to send three teachers across there for a fortnight towards the end of the academic year to experience teaching classes in Pakistan and to introduce English teaching methods to them. It is also hoped that some teachers from Pakistan from across the diocese will be able to spend time in Bury developing their own pedagogy and leadership skills over the next few years and time was spent discussing how we might develop this programme to the benefit of both schools. We look forward to developing our partnership with St Denys and wish our distinguished visitor an enjoyable and profitable time in England.

Open Evening Car Parking Information – September 2014

open-day-car-parkPlease use the Manchester Road car park due to the high attendance expected on the evening. Visitors with a disabled member in their party, or who would have difficulty walking into school, are welcome to use one of the limited spaces available on the school site.

Post Codes for SatNav users:

School – BL9 0TS, Manchester Road Car Park – BL9 0SY

School Malawi Charity – Hannah’s Home – September 2014

You may already be aware of Bury CE High School’s involvement in the setting up of a children’s home in Malawi, supporting children who could otherwise be living on the streets.

During September, we are asking students, parents and staff to donate their unwanted clothes as a way of generating finance for the home which is close to completion. Other items which can be weighed in such as sheets, towels, curtains, bags and shoes can also be collected.

We would be very grateful for your support in this venture and are asking students to bring the bags of clothes etc. from home into school on Friday 3rd October2014.

A member of staff from the school will be visiting the Bury CE High School branch of Hannah’s Children’s Home during October half term, to meet the children and see the home.

If you would like to continue collecting bags of clothes and other items throughout the year to support Hannah’s Children’s Home, the registered UK charity with which we are working will be happy to collect them from you. Please contact them directly; you can find their details and more information about Hannah’s Home by going to the ARK_website.

GCSE Results August 2014

Congratulations to the year of 2014. As a year group they have significantly improved the English Baccalaureate performance over last year; 48% of the year group have achieved this standard this year. The English Baccalaureate is a combination of a GCSE grade C or above in English, mathematics, at least two sciences, at least one language and at least either history or geography. This is an excellent performance. Well done to you all.

As has been widely forecast in the media, the school is one of those schools that has been subject to the predicted volatility and variability. One English examination seems to be bringing about unexpected results for us. Early indications suggest that the 5A*-C percentage is going to be around 56%, which is out of character for our school and does not reflect the pleasing GCSE results obtained by the year group across all subjects, with most subjects achieving in the high 60% or 70 % plus level for their GCSE grades. We will be investigating this particular examination’s results and when we are certain of the situation we will take appropriate action to address this situation.

Please find below the individual subject grade analysis for Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE results:

Year 10 Results Subject/Grade Analysis

Year 11 Results Subject/Grade Analysis

Results Day, 21st August 2014

Year 11 GCSE results will be available for collection 10am – 1pm

Year 10 GCSE results will be available for collection 11am – 1pm