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

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

PE Extra-Curricular 5&6 2018 to 2019

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.

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.


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

Mrs M Johnson
Clerk to Governors

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.

Sports Report 3 – 2018/19

The Year 8 Boys Basketball team were entered into the Junior NBA Basketball Competition. Bury CE
High School were in a group with 4 other schools. As part of the Junior NBA the school received a free
Basketball kit and match ball. The competition took place at Philips on Wednesday 10 January and the
students really enjoyed playing. The overall standard of Basketball was really high and Bury CE High
School finished 3rd out of 5 schools.
The results were as follows:
St Anne’s 5 Bury CE High School 10
Philips High School 30 Bury CE High School 4
St Gabriel’s 10 Bury CE High School 6
Elton High School 6 Bury CE High School 10

The Year 8 Boys Football team played Castlebrook in the Greater Manchester Football Plate. The game
had already had to be postponed twice due to poor weather before Christmas. Bury CE High School
played really well and won 4-1. The attitude of the students who played from our school was excellent and
it was really pleasing to see some of the students who have not played as much doing really well.
Scorers for Bury Church were Nikolas (2 goals), Sam (1 goal) and Alex (1 goal). Player of the match for
Bury CE High School was Alex.

Bury CE High School played Woodhey at Basketball in the Bury Schools 3rd and 4th play-off on Monday
21 January. Woodhey had the better on the 1st quarter but Bury CE High School then improved in the
2nd quarter and took the lead. Woodhey then had the better of the 3rd quarter with Bury CE High School
doing much better in the final quarter. The game finished with a draw and went into overtime.
The game was end to end with both teams desperate to win. Bury CE High School eventually won 34
points to 33 points with Ben scoring the winning basket at the very end of the game. Luke was the player
of the match from Bury CE High School.
Well done to all the students who played. Bury CE High School finished 3rd overall in the Year 10 Bury
School Basketball League and this is an excellent achievement.

The Year 7 Boys Basketball team played in the first round of the Junior NBA Competition against Bury
Grammar and Southlands. Bury CE High School lost to Southlands but beat Bury Grammar. Player of the
competition from Bury Church was Kyle.
The Year 7 Boys Basketball team then played Southlands and Canon Slade in the Junior NBA
Competition. Bury CE High School worked really hard but lost narrowly to Southlands and then lost the
second to a really strong Canon Slade team. The students from our school kept going against two really
good teams. Player of the competition from Bury Church was Kyle.

Bury CE High School played a strong team from St Peters in the Greater Manchester Plate in the Greater
Manchester Plate. Bury CE High School lost 3-0 but gave a good account of themselves. Player of the
match from Bury CE High School was Ryan.

Bury CE High School had a number of students who represented the authority at the annual Greater
Manchester Cross-Country Championships. The students were selected to represent Bury as they had
qualified in the top ten places for their age groups at the Bury Schools Cross-Country which was back in
It was a very cold day to compete following a week where we had lots of snow. The standard of
competitors was incredibly high and was the best Cross-Country runners from all over the Greater
Manchester area.
Well done to Josh in Year 11, Malachi in Year 9, Hannah in Year 8, Faith in Year 7 and Roman in Year 7
who all represented Bury in this Greater Manchester event. It is a fantastic achievement to be selected.

The Year 11 Boys Football played Parrenthorn in the Bury Schools Cup on Wednesday 7 February. The
students from Bury CE High School played really well but lost the game. Player of the match from Bury
CE High School was Liam.

The Year 7 Girls Football played in a Bury Schools Football Competition and managed to come 3rd overall
in Bury. Player of the match was Olivia.

Year 7 and Year 8 played Netball against Elton. Both year groups lost the games but played really well
and enjoyed playing for school. The Year 7 players of the match were Chloe and Milly. The Year 8 player
of the match was Molly.

The PE Department at Bury CE High School are currently in the process of applying for a national award
in PE through the Association for PE. On Tuesday 12 February we had our inspection visit and
the inspector from the Association for PE was really positive about the PE Department and
also the whole school. As part of the inspection visit the inspector met with Mr Connolly (Head of PE) and
the PE Department. A learning walk in PE also took place and then the inspector met with Reverend
Watson and Mr Yarwood (Chair of Governor’s). After this the inspector met with member of the School
Sports Organising Committee and also with some other staff in school.
A final version of the application form along with the inspectors report will now be submitted to the
Association for PE Executive Board who will then make a decision on the outcome of our application. We
should know the outcome shortly after half term.

World Book Day 2019

World Book Day is Thursday March 7th!

There are lots of events happening which pupils can get involved in:

Dressing Up! Everyone is invited to come to school dressed as a favourite character. This could be from a book, comic or fairy tale. Pupils who dress up receive the added bonus of an early lunch on the day.

Form Competition! Decorate form doors to represent a favourite book! One form will win from each year group- the most creative entries will win!
The Great Literary Bake Off! Baking competition where entries should have a book theme. For example: Bruce Bogtrotter’s chocolate cake from Matilda or The Queen of Heart’s jam tarts. Entries will be judged with prizes for the winners.
Character Treasure Hunt! Try to find the different book characters around school from the clues given. Prizes for those who manage to find them all.
Anonymous Books! Donate any unwanted books from home that someone else could read. These books will be wrapped up with a tag that describes what the book is about without revealing the title or author, this way no one can ‘judge the book by its cover’.

PE Extra-Curricular Timetable

PE Extra-Curricular 4 2018 to 2019

Sports Report 2 – 2018/19

Girls Rugby

In November, we took an U13s and an U15s team to the Greater Manchester School Games at Broughton Park RU to take part in Grapple Rugby. The day was all about inclusion and giving girls the opportunity to get involved with real rugby experience. Also allowing for pathways into local Clubs. The girls really enjoyed it – especially getting into contact and tackling.





Year 11 Girls Hockey

Congratulations to our Year 11 Girls Hockey team who have played their last rally for Bury CE High School. This was at Parrenthorn High School on Wednesday 14 November. Thank you for representing the school.







Bury CE High School has been working closely with Sale Sharks as part of ‘Project Rugby’. Sale Sharks came in to teach and coach boys and girls in Core PE for Years 9-11 and this took place last half term. Sale Sharks also organised and led an after school Rugby Union Club every Thursday for students in Years 9-11 and help to provide a pathway for our students to play Rugby Union outside of school. We hope this Rugby Club will continue next half term.

After school on Friday 2 November a group of 36 of our students went to visit Sale Sharks. Training and games took place next to the Sale Sharks AJ Bell Stadium prior to our students watching Sale Sharks v Saracens live on the Friday evening. This was a great opportunity for the students who attended and they all really enjoyed going to visit Sale Sharks.

Sale Sharks have also been leading the Year 9 and Year 10 GCSE PE  Rugby practical lessons for this half term and it has been really beneficial for our students to have access to the excellent coaching that Sale Sharks have provided.

Year 9 Rugby Competition

Bury CE High School played Woodhey and St Gabriel’s in two Year 9 Rugby Union competitions at Bury Rugby Club on Tuesday 13 November and Thursday 22 November. In the first round of games in the first week Bury CE High School beat both Woodhey and St Gabriel’s. In the second week of games Bury CE High School beat Woodhey but lost to St Gabriel’s.

Players of the match in Week 1 were Harrison and Waqas. Player of the match in Week 2 was Garrett.

Well done to all the students who played and it was great to see some students who have never played Rugby for school before representing school in these games.


Bury CE High School put forward some Year 9 players for the Sale Sharks Developing Player Programme.  This is the next level of Rugby Union after playing at a local level.  The standard of Rugby Union on the Developing Player Programme is really high and students had to attend a number of local trials and training sessions against a large number of other boys from around the North-West of England.

The PE Department are pleased to report that Will, Harrison and Garrett from Year 9 made it on to the Sale Sharks Developing Player Programme and school are really proud of these achievements. Well done to Will, Harrison and Garrett on this fabulous achievement and good luck in the future.


Bury CE High School beat Derby 1-0
Bury CE High School beat Tottington 1-0
Bury CE High School beat Woodhey 2-0
Bury CE High School beat St Gabriel’s 1-0
Bury CE High School beat Elton 2-0
Bury CE High School came top of the league with an unbeaten record and won the competition.  Well done to all of the who played on the Year 7 Football team and Mr MacMahon who manages the team.

Player of the competition was Kyle who was outstanding throughout the competition.


Bury CE High School won 10-3 against Elton at Year 9 Netball. Abbie was the player of the match.
Bury CE High School won 25-9 against Elton at Year 10 Netball. Olivia was the player of the match.



The Year 10 Boys Basketball league started after October half term. Bury CE High School played Parrenthorn in the first game of the league and won 42 points to 27 points. Player of the match was Callum.

Bury CE High School then played an incredibly strong team from Philips in the second game of the season. Bury CE High School lost 67 points to 34 points but credit must go to the team who kept going until the end of the game. Player of the match was Harry.

Bury CE High School drew 42 points to 42 points with St Monica’s in what was an excellent game that was incredibly close throughout.  Well done to all the students who played but a special mention must go to Marcus from Year 9 who played up a year and Liam from Year 11 did an excellent job at refereeing. Player of the match was Luke.

Bury CE High School beat Broad Oak 46-34 in a close and competitive game.  Well done to all the students who played. Player of the match was Adam who scored a large number of the Bury CE High School points.



Well done to the Year 8 Basketball team who are the Bury Schools Basketball Champions following a competition at Philips on Monday 21 November. Bury CE High School were in a group with Castlebrook, Woodhey and Parrenthorn.  Bury CE High School won all three games and so won the group to set up a final against Philips. Philips are a incredibly strong team who have a large numbers of players who play out of school.  Bury CE High School came from 4-0 down to win the final 8-6 and this is a fantastic achievement. Well done to all the students who played and for winning the competition.  The team from Year 8 was as follows:

Josh, Ryan, Lewie, Charlie, Adam – Player of the Competition from Bury CE High School, Jefferson, Mikyle and Noah


Bury CE High School played some half court games and full court games against St Gabriel’s on Monday 26 November.  This was in preparation for the Junior NBA games. The scores from the half court games were added together and finished Bury CE High School 45 and St Gabriel’s 31.

The full court game finished Bury CE High School 11 and St Gabriel’s 6. Player of the competition was Josh.








The annual Bury Schools Cross-Country took place at Heaton Park on Tuesday 20 November.  It was an incredibly cold and wet day for Cross-Country but the students from Bury CE High School adapted really well to the conditions.  The majority of high schools in Bury entered this competition. The results were as follows:

Year 7 Girls: 3rd Overall in Bury
Year 7 Boys: 4th Overall in Bury
Year 8/9 Girls: 4th Overall in Bury
Year 8/9 Boys: 2nd Overall in Bury
Year 10/11 Girls: 3rd Overall in Bury
Year 10/11 Boys: 4th Overall in Bury


Bury CE High School played a really strong team from Thornleigh in Bolton in the Greater Manchester Cup.  The game was 3-3 after normal time with Bury CE High School conceding two very late goals.  The game went to extra time and penalties. Bury CE High School won 5-4 on penalties with Adam making a great save on a penalty. Man of the Match: Callum who was excellent and scored the winning penalty for Bury CE High School.

Scorers in the game were: Leo, Aidan and Stephen.
Penalty scorers were: Bertie, Harry, Connor, Declan and Callum.

Well done to all the students who played.


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.

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 Cienna got on the score sheet with 2 of her own. It was a great 5-2 win for Bury CE High School.

In the last game, we knew we were 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 2nd 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, Cienna, Rosie, Lois, Matilda, Polly and Millie who showed great skill and determination.

Well done to all the girls who played in the competition and a special thanks to Mrs Golding who organised and coached the team.


Bury CE High School girls played Rugby Union against a number of other schools from the Greater Manchester area. This festival took place at Broughton Rugby Club in Salford. It was great that a number of Key Stage 3 girls who have never played Rugby Union before got involved and played against a number of schools who had been training regularly. The Key Stage 3 girls played really well and won their final two games. The Key Stage 4 girls played well in full contact Rugby against some strong opposition. The girls who went were all excellent and a credit to the school.


Bury CE High School hosted a ‘Primary Sports Festival’ for Year 3 and Year 4 students from a number of local Primary Schools.  The focus of the festival was inclusion and sport.  The festival was organised by the Bury Schools Games Organisers and Bury CE High School provided over 20 of our Sports Leaders who helped out at the festival.  Our Sports Leaders were absolutely brilliant throughout and were really positive role models to the younger primary students.  Well done to all the students who helped out of this festival.

PE Extra-Curricular Timetable

PE Extra-Curricular 3 2018 to 2019

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.”