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
Friends’ Trip to York (November 2011)
Many thanks to all those who took part in the Friends’ trip to York, which was a very enjoyable day. Congratulations to the winners of the quiz and we hope that bank balances have not been too seriously depleted because of all the shopping! We hope to organise a similar event next year.
Eco-Schools Award (October 2011)
We were delighted to receive the Eco-Schools Silver Award as recognition of all the hard work we have undertaken as a school to improve our impact on the environment.
The award process started an Environmental Review which gave us a realistic picture of our school’s current environmental performance. The Environmental Review informed our Action Plan, helping our school to decide what change is necessary and how urgently the changes are required. The Environmental Review was carried out by the pupils and covered: litter; waste reduction and recycling; energy; school grounds/ biodiversity; water use; pupil activities; healthy living; transport and global perspectives.
We are now looking forward to working towards the prestigious Green Flag award in the future.
International School Award 2011 – 2014 (October 2011)
We were delighted to be awarded the prestigious full International Schools Award from the British Council in recognition of our commitment to the Global Dimension of education. The award, assessed over a 12 month period, was very rigorous and staff and pupils have all worked hard to ensure it was achieved. The award recognises that an international ethos is embedded throughout the school and that the majority of pupils within the school have been impacted by and involved in international work. The curriculum based projects were run across a range of subjects over the full 12 month period and included Multi-Faith work, world music, Aboriginal art, visits to Berlin and Namibia, science and geography projects, citizenship work and charity work.
The International School Award aims to promote a celebration of diversity and to create a framework for anti racist and equal opportunities strategies. When a school has partner schools in other countries, this can have the effect of bringing the school together and increasing its sense of ethos and identity. That is because the staff and pupils of the school think much more about how others see them, and wish to be seen in a positive light (welcoming, open-minded, ready to collaborate and share!)
The International School Award promotes partnerships both within the UK and with other countries which can give a real focus to discussions in the school about who we are and how others see us), what it is to be British (and how other countries see us) and what it means to be a global citizen.
A Global Dimension approach to the curriculum can add relevance and real life to topics and really engage students. It incorporates news items and current affairs –crucially bringing in the different viewpoints and opinions from the people affected.
It makes creative and ‘real’ use of ICT and puts languages into an exciting context, and it opens up global issues through history, geography, and science. It also strongly support work on rights, sustainability, and the future. The award allowed also allowed us develop a number of successful international partnerships with schools in 5 countries:
- The languages department have developed excellent links with a French partner school and run successful pen-pal schemes and blogs which have allowed interaction with pupils and staff.
- The Geography department developed a link with a Marvin Ridge School in North Carolina and shared local projects and letters.
- Through Mr Redmond we have developed a link with Mavuluma school in Namibia which a number of our pupils and staff visited this summer to undertake voluntary work.
- Addtionally we have a successful link with Ntabenkonyana school in South Africa and Mrs Harbottle visited at Easter to do some teaching.
- Mr Mensah has also developed a link with the Mystical Rose Academy in Ghana and we have been pleased to support them in their work.
The award is recognition for all the teachers, support staff and pupils. Well done!