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
North Western Counties Physical Education Association – Best Practice Award
The PE Department at Bury CE High School recently applied for a ‘Best Practice in PE Award’ from the North Western Counties PE Association. All secondary schools in the north-west could apply for this award with only one winner being selected. The PE Department are delighted to announce that Bury CE High School was selected as the winner of this prestigious award. Many thanks to everyone in school who has helped the school achieve this award. This award is going to be presented to school in the end of term assemblies on Tuesday 23rd July.
Sports Awards 2019
Well done to all the students who won awards at the annual Sports Awards 2019. It was great to see the main hall full of students, parents and carers. Our special guest on the night was Danielle Gibbons who plays Football for Blackburn Rovers Ladies and who has had to overcome real adversity in life. Many thanks to everyone who attended the Sports Awards 2019.
Open Evening September 2019
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School Games Bronze Award 2018/19
The PE Department at Bury CE High School have achieved the ‘School Games Mark Bronze’ for the quantity of extra-curricular PE and school sport on offer in the 2018 to 2019 academic year. Well done to everyone who has contributed to getting this award.
Sports Report 5 – 2018/19
YEAR 7/8 RUGBY BURY CE HIGH SCHOOL VS WOODHEY HIGH SCHOOL
On Thursday 9 March the boys rugby team played away at Woodhey High School. Woodhey were in the stronger position throughout the first half leading by 7 tries to none, but after the halftime break Bury CE High School returned to the field with an improved attitude and managed to bring the score back to 7-4, at one point the game got tense towards the end with Woodhey putting on some substitutes towards the last five minutes and gaining the lead 8-4. Then I gained a try on behalf of Bury CE High School in the last play of the game, running from the back corner of their half to score a try the end the final score was 8-5. Bury CE High School look forward to having a better season next year.
If anyone is interested in playing rugby ask Mr Connolly in the PE Department if you can take part.
Jack R, 8BG
On Tuesday 30 April Miss Hulme took 12 Girls to the Armitage Sports Centre to represent the school in the U13’s and U15’s Greater Manchester School Games competing in Volleyball. The girls performed excellently against some tough opponents. They narrowly missed out on a medal and both teams finished in 4th place overall. A massive well done to all involved!
On Wednesday 1 May Miss Hulme took 12 Boys to the Armitage Sports centre to represent the school in the U13’s and U15’s Greater Manchester School Games competing in Volleyball. The boys performed excellently against some tough opponents. The U15’s narrowly missed out on a medal and finished in 4th place overall. The U13’s finished in 6th place. A massive well done to all involved!
YEAR 8 BOYS AND GIRLS DODGEBALL
Bury CE High School entered a Year 8 Boys team and a Year 8 Girls team in the Bury School Dodgeball Competition at Woodhey on Wednesday 8 May. This competition was open to all the secondary schools in the Bury local authority. All the students from Bury CE High School who attended were brilliant. The Girls team finished 3rd overall in Bury and the Boys team came 1st overall in Bury. Well done to all the students who played. Player of the competition on the Girls team was Ruby and player of the competition on the Boys team was Ashkan. The Boys team will now go on to represent Bury in the Greater Manchester School Games on Wednesday 26 June.
YEAR 7 BOYS FOOTBALL
Well done to the Year 7 Boys Football team who beat a really strong team from St Monica’s in the semi-final of the Bury Schools Cup. Bury CE High School won the game 4-0 and the player of the match from Bury CE High School was Alfie C.
Scorers from Bury CE High School were Theo with 2 goals and Alfie D with 2 goals.
Bury CE High School now go on to play Elton in the final of the Bury Schools Cup on Tuesday 14 May.
YEAR 8 BOYS BASKETBALL
The Year 8 Boys Basketball team played in a Bury Schools Competition at Philips on Monday 13 May. Bury CE High School were in a group with Philips, St Monica’s and Prestwich.
In the first game Bury CE High School lost to a really strong team from Philips. Bury CE High School then played St Monica’s in the second game and this ended up a draw. It was a really end to end game against St Monica’s with both teams taking the lead at different times. In the third game Bury CE High School beat Prestwich.
Bury CE High School came joint second in their group but unfortunately just missed out on qualification on the difference between baskets scored and baskets conceded.
Well done to the students who played from Bury CE High School and the player of the match was Andrew.
YEARS 7-9 BASKETBALL PRACTICE
Basketball training for Years 7-9 is after school on Mondays and is open to all students. Bury CE High School is really fortunate to have an expert coach leading the training. Larry Spencer used to play Basketball to a really high standard and even played against the world famous Michael Jordan. Students have really enjoyed working with Larry and this Basketball club will continue after May half term in preparation for next season.
On Friday 3 May Miss Hulme took a group of 30 Year 7 pupils to Bury College for a sports event organised by BTEC L3 Sport students. Pupils where split into 5 teams that they would compete in for the remainder of the day. Throughout the day pupils used their teamwork, communication, agility and co-ordination skills to overcome a selection of tasks and challenges. These included a pit of doom, Ninja Warrior playground, treasure hunt, sports snakes and ladders and NFL throwing. Pupils excelled at overcoming obstacles and thrived on the competitive element of the day. Each team worked fantastically together and where a credit to themselves and the school. Overall it was the yellow team who clinched top spot and came away with a medal for their success. Certificates where also awarded in the closing ceremony to celebrate the pupils contribution, effort and participation. It was an extremely well organised and fun day that the pupils thoroughly enjoyed.
“On the day we had a variety of different challenges we had to accomplish. When we arrived we had a welcome talk about what was going to happen throughout the day. We were put into teams and started doing our challenges. We did NFL Football, Ninja Warrior course, Blind Folded course, big Snakes and Ladders, Basketball and categorising famous athletes with sports.
We found the coaches very welcoming and they explained the activities very well. The winners were the yellow team. Overall we all found it very helpful to improve our communication and teamwork skills. Olivia commented that it was a good experience but we need to bring more people. Millie said it was good and Ryan said it was great fun.”
Sam H, Luke A-M & Sophie W, Year 7
Year 7 and Year 8 End of Term Football Competition
In the last week of the Easter term our Year 7 and Year 8 students got the opportunity to enter a 7 a’side Football competition. In total 5 teams entered and each team could only have a maximum of 4 school team players. The standard of Football was really high and students really enjoyed this opportunity to play against each other.
The competition came down to the final game and a team from Year 8 won. The Year 7 team who entered came second but were absolutely brilliant throughout the competition.
Well done to all the students who took part.
YEAR 9 KICK BOXING WORLD CHAMPION
Well done to Georgia in Year 9 who recently won gold at the ICO Kick Boxing World Championships to become the world champion for her age group in this sport. This is the second year in a row that Georgia has become world champion. This is an absolutely fantastic achievement and everyone in school is really proud.
“In November I will be competing in the WKKC World Championships which is being held in New York, America. I qualified for this competition in March. I had to fight a number of people from around Europe as only three people can qualify.
This is an amazing achievement for me. However, it will not be easy as I have already started my training routine but I feel the hard work will pay off.
Kickboxing is a brilliant sport for anyone.”
MANCHESTER CITY V CARDIFF CITY
Many thanks to Manchester City FC for providing staff and students at Bury CE High School with some free tickets for the Manchester City v Cardiff City premier league game Wednesday 3 April. It was a great opportunity for staff and students from school to go and see live premier league Football. The staff and students from Bury CE High School really enjoyed the game which Manchester City won 2-0.
ROCHDALE RUFC UNDER 13’S LANCASHIRE CUP SUCCESS
Well done to Adam and Jack in Year 8 who were part of a really successful Rochdale RUFC Under 13’s team who have won the Lancashire Cup for Rugby Union. This is a brilliant achievement for all who played on the team and even more impressive given the high standard of opposition that Rochdale RUFC had to beat in order to win the cup. Well done from everyone at Bury CE High School.
AQA GCSE PE REVISION WEBINARS AND REVISION
The PE Department at Bury CE High School organised for two AQA GCSE PE revision webinars to be shown as part of the AQA GCSE PE revision programme. These revision webinars were led by a lead AQA GCSE PE examiner and expert called Ross Howitt. The first revision webinar focused on all aspects of Paper 1 with the second focusing on all aspects Paper 2.
Additional GCSE PE theory revision and catch up is on every week at the following times and all AQA GCSE PE students are welcome:
Every Monday after school until 4.35pm – please meet at the Sports Hall
Every Tuesday and Wednesday lunch in S1 (Drama)
Students doing AQA GCSE PE must remember that theory is worth 70% of final grades in AQA GCSE PE.
YEAR 7 & 8 GIRLS RUGBY
On Tuesday 14 May Miss Hulme took the Year 7 & 8 girls’ rugby team to compete in a local friendly competition against Woodhey and Broadoak. It was a great opportunity for all girls to show off their talents and skills in a friendly yet competitive environment. The girls walked away with 2 successful victories. A massive well done to everyone, it was great to see so many females involved in rugby! The player of the competition was Nicole Hornby.
GREATER MANCHESTER COUNTY SCHOOLS FA GIRLS U15S CUP FINAL
Wednesday 15 May saw the U15 girls football team take part in the GMCSFA U15s Cup final. The girls had done an amazing job getting to the final beating some tough opposition on the way. The final was equally as hard against a very good Crompton House team. The girls twice came from behind to finish normal time 2-2, forcing extra time. It was only in the last 30 seconds of extra time, with the game almost set to go to penalties, Crompton House somehow managed to squeeze the ball over the line to win the game 3-2. The standard of football was very high and the game was played in a very high tempo throughout and end to end, which in the warm weather was admirable and showed just how determined the girls were to do well. The girls did themselves and the school proud and should be very pleased with their achievement. We couldn’t have asked anymore of from them, they gave it everything they had and more. Well done to Esme, Hollie, Sophie, Olivia, Makenzie, Jasmine, Faith, Robyn, Emma and Emily.
Mock Interview Evening 2019
On Tuesday 9th April our Year 10 pupils took part in the Mock Interview Evening at Bury Town Hall.
Each pupil completed a 15 minute interview with an employer in a formal setting. At the end of the interview our pupils were given specific feedback about their interview.
Prior to the evening, all Year 10 pupils took part in a Mock Interview Evening Preparation Deeper Learning Day. They learnt how to write a CV and cover letter and had to produce this for the employer during their interview. During the Deeper Learning Day pupils also took part in an interview skills workshop.
The evening was a fantastic success and a crucial part of our pupils educational experience. The interviewers were extremely impressed with the professionalism of our pupils and many of our pupils felt that the experience and feedback they received during the evening will allow them to be more confident in future interviews.
Well done Year 10!
PE Extra-Curricular Timetable
Parent Governor Nominations
An invitation has been sent out to parents/guardians of pupils at the school to invite nominations for a Parent Governor to serve on the Governing Body for 4 years. Please see the documents below for more information.
- Letter sent out to parents/guardians
- Parent Governor factsheet
- Disqualifications to serve as a school governor
- Nomination form
If you wish to serve on the Governing Body as a Parent Governor please complete the nomination form and return it to Mrs. M. Johnson, Clerk to Governors at the school no later than noon on Friday 17th May 2019.
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
Sports Report 4 – 2018/19
YEAR 7 FOOTBALL
On Wednesday 27 March the Year 7 boys football team played against Woodhey in the quarter finals.
It was a tense game up to about the second half until we scored more. Roman, Charlie, Zak, Kakrah, Pannin, Alfie D, Alfie C, Theo, George, Jake and Kyle all played in the game. Roman scored 3, Alfie D 1 and Kyle 1. The man of the match award was shared between Roman and Kakrah.
Bury CE High School won the game 5-2 and we are now through to the finals. Roman, Year 7
YEAR 7 AND 8 BADMINTON COMPETITION V ST GAB’S
Twenty students from Year 7 and Year 8 played some competitive Badminton games against St Gabriel’s on Thursday 28 February. Students played single games on half a court and points scored from each game were added to give a total for Bury CE High School and a total for St Gabriel’s. All the students who attended really enjoyed playing for school and it was great to see some students who had not represented school before playing. The attitude of all our students was excellent and the games were played in a really good spirit.
The total scores finished at follows:
Bury CE High School: 620 Badminton points scored
St Gabriel’s High School: 391 points scored
Well done to the students who played and we hope to arrange more Badminton games in future.
YEAR 8 HANDBALL FINALS
The Year 8 Boys and Girls Handball teams played St Gabriel’s in a final game to decide who would go on to represent the Bury Local Authority in the Winter Games. The Winter Games took place on Tuesday 19 March and involved schools from each local borough in the Greater Manchester area. The Year 8 Boys Handball team beat St Gabriel’s by 10 points to 7 points on Tuesday 5 March. It was really pleasing to witness students using the skills they had developed in PE lessons in a competitive game.
Player of the match from Bury CE High School was Adam and leading scorer from Bury CE High School was Joe with 7 goals.
Well done to all the students who played on the team.
YEAR 7 AND YEAR 8 BOYS RUGBY COMPETITION
The Year 8 Boys Rugby team played in the first round of a competition on Wednesday 6 March at Bury Rugby Club. It was great to see so many players from Year 8 wanting to play competitive Rugby Union.
Bury CE High School beat St Monica’s 20 points to 5 points and then went on to beat Philips 15 points to 5 points. Players of the competition from Bury CE High School were Toby and Jake.
In the second round of games Bury CE High School entered a Year 7 and Year 8 team. The Year 7 team played their first competitive fixtures against St Monica’s and won but then lost to Crompton House. The Year 7 player of the match from Bury CE High School was Theo.
The Year 8 team played St Monica’s and won but then lost to Woodhey and Crompton House. Player of the matches was Issac.
YEAR 7 AND YEAR 8 BOYS RUGBY V BURY GRAMMAR
Bury CE High School took a 15 a-side team from Year 7 and a 15 a-side team from Year 8 to play Bury Grammar in a full size Rugby Union game. Both games were really close with Bury Grammar narrowly winning both games. All the students who played from Bury CE High School displayed brilliant attitudes and were a credit to the school
Player of the match from Year 8 was Adam and player of the match from Year 7 was Ryan.
YEAR 8 BOYS BASKETBALL
Bury CE High School played in a Year 8 Boys Basketball competition on Monday 11 March at Philips. Bury CE High School beat Castlebrook but then lost to a really strong team from Philips. In the decisive qualification game Bury CE High School just narrowly lost to St Gabriel’s 5 points to 3 points.
Player of the match from Bury CE High School was Lewie.
AFTER SCHOOL BASKETBALL CLUB
Bury CE High School have been delighted to welcome a new Basketball Coach to work with our students. Larry Spencer used to play Basketball outside of school to an incredibly high standard in America and England. Larry played against the world famous Michael Jordan in college Basketball in America. It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get the opportunity to work with such a fabulous Basketball player and excellent coach. Basketball Club is on every Monday after school and is open to all students in school.
YEAR 10 BOYS FOOTBALL V E-ACT ROYTON AND CROMPTON ACADEMY
The Year 10 Boys Football team played a fixture on Tuesday 12 March against E-ACT Royton and Crompton Academy. The game was played away in very windy and cold conditions. Bury CE High School took an early lead through Leo but then became 3-1 down. Bury CE High School then started to make a comeback through a second goal from Bertie but eventually lost the game.
Player of the match from Bury CE High School was Kieran.
YEAR 9 BOYS FOOTBALL
The Year 9 Boys Football team played in the central venue league against Broad Oak and Tottington. Bury CE High School beat Broad Oak and then drew with Tottington.
Players of the competition were Ryan and James.
In the next round of games Bury CE High School beat St Gabriel’s 1-0 and also won two friendlies.
Player of the competition from this round of games was Ethan.
Year 10 got through to the final of the Bury Netball Tournament and lost to Bury Grammar 10 – 4. All girls played exceptionally well.
Year 9 got through to the semi final on the Bury Netball Tournament and lost to Bury Grammar. They all represented the school fantastically.
Year 8 came 4th in the Bury Netball Tournament. The standard was really high and the students from Bury CE High School played extremely well.
Bury CE vs Parrenthorn:
Year 10 won 20 -2 and Alice was the Player of the Match.
Year 9 lost 16 – 14 and Abigail was the Player of the Match.
Bury CE vs Elton:
Year 7 lost 7 – 5. The Players of the Match were Chloe and Milly.
Year 7 also came 2nd in the Bury Netball Tournament and lost narrowly to Bury Grammar. Player of the Tournament for Bury CE High School was Billie-Rose.
GREATER MANCHESTER SCHOOL WINTER GAMES – HANDBALL COMPETITION
On Tuesday 19 March Miss Hulme took a squad of eight Year 8 boys to represent the school at the U13’s Handball Competition in the Greater Manchester Winter School Games. The level of ability from across the borough was extremely high and the boys played some tough competitors. They showed grit and resilience and after a couple of 1-0 losses to start the day but they battled on and showed their sporting determination by picking up 2 wins and a draw to finish 7th overall in the tournament. This was a fantastic achievement. Well done to all the students who took part in this event.
On Tuesday 19 March a squad of eight pupils across KS3 represented the school in dance at the Greater Manchester Winter Games. The pupils where involved with a selection of workshops led by ASH Dance Company and really enjoyed their morning. In the competition the squad performed fantastically well and finished 2nd overall. They will now progress to represent Greater Manchester at the national competition against other schools from around the country. An amazing achievement, well done to all involved!
“On Tuesday 19 March 2019, my dance team and I went to a dance competition hosted by the regional school games. We worked our hardest for three weeks. All the blood, sweat and tears that were shed paid off as we came second out of 9-12 schools. Many thanks to Miss Mather for helping us during this competition!”
Nathan C, Year 8
YEAR 7 BOYS BASKETBALL
The Year 7 Boys Basketball team played in a Bury Schools Competition at Philips. Bury CE High School came second in their group and played Woodhey in the 3rd and 4th play-off match. Bury CE High School beat Woodhey in this game and came 3rd overall in Bury.
Player of the competition from Bury CE High School was Kyle.
The Year 7 Boys Basketball team also played a really strong team from Canon Slade in Bolton in the Junior NBA Basketball Competition. Bury CE High School lost the game but worked really hard.
Player of the match from Bury CE High School was Theo.
YEAR 8 BOYS FOOTBALL V PARRENTHORN
The Year 8 Boys Football team played away at Parrenthorn on Tuesday 26 March in the Bury Schools Cup. Bury CE High School started the game really well and went 1-0 up thanks to an excellent goal from Sam. Parrenthorn then scored two quick goals prior to half time. Bury CE High School kept going in the second half and eventually won the game 3-2 with Alfie scoring two goals.
Player of the match was Alfie.
YEAR 7 BOYS FOOTBALL V WOODHEY
Bury CE High School beat Woodhey 5-2 in the quarter-finals of the Bury Schools Cup. It was an excellent team performance and fantastic effort from our students.
The players of the match were Roman and Kakrah.
MANCHESTER CITY V CARDIFF CITY – FREE TICKETS
Bury CE High School were delighted to receive some free tickets for the Manchester City v Cardiff City game on the Etihad on Wednesday 3 April. The tickets were distributed to staff and students so they could go and attend a live Premier League game at Manchester City. Bury CE High School are really thankful to Manchester City for providing our staff and students with the free tickets and this fantastic opportunity.
YEAR 8 BOYS FOOTBALL SUCCESS
Well done to Jacob, Reuben and Ashkan in Year 8 who play Football outside of school for Walshaw Sports Club. The students have been part of a successful Under 13’s Walshaw team that have just won the Lancashire Football Cup and this is a tremendous achievement given the really high level of competition.
Association for PE Quality Mark with Distinction
The PE Department at Bury CE High School have recently applied for the PE Quality Mark from the Association for PE or ‘AFPE’ who are the only PE Association in the UK. The AFPE Quality Mark involves a self-review and evaluation of the PE Department and school sport across the whole school followed by a validation visit from an experienced PE professional. All aspects of PE and school sport across school are reviewed and looked at as part of the application. This PE Quality Mark is a prestigious award and one that shows the strength and quality of PE and school sport in a school.
Once the application form has been submitted alongside the validation report then the AFPE validation board meet to discuss and grade each application. Bury CE High School are delighted to announce that we have achieved the highest award possible and this was a ‘PE Quality Mark with Distinction’ This award is valid for 3 years and the school will now be signposted to the Department for Education as an exemplar school for PE and school sport.
Well done and many thanks to everyone who has helped in this process to get this fantastic award.