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

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

Summer Concert

This year’s Summer Concert will be presented on Wednesday 3rd July with doors opening at 6.30pm. Tickets are NOW ON SALE every Wednesday lunchtime at the main reception desk. Adult tickets are priced at £5 each and Child/Concessions are £3.50 each.

Salters Chemistry Festival – June 2014

salters-chemistry-festivalOn Wednesday 11th June four year 8 pupils attended Salters Chemistry Festival at University of Manchester.

They took part in two practical challenges in the University labs, this involved identifying unknown substances and making a chemical reaction last for a set amount of time.

The pupils performed fantastically well and I would like to congratulate Matthew Westwell, Daniel Murray, Libby Davies and Leah Emery for winning 2nd place in the Salters Challenge!

Help us raise funds for the School – May 2014

easy-fundraisingThe Friends of Bury Church have obtained a relatively easy way to make funds for the school via easyfundraising.org.uk

If online shoppers are willing to use the easyfundraising website to link to their online shopping sites, this will raise funds for school at no cost to the shopper.

We encourage you to consider using this new fundraising method whenever you are shopping on any of the participating websites.

A big ‘Thank you!’ for continuing to support the school.

Click here to help raise funds for Bury Church of England High School today.

Participating retailers include: Amazon, Apple, eBay, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Marks & Spencers, ASOS, John Lewis, Debenhams, Next, Play.com, Argos and many more.

International School Visit – March 2014

lahore-pakistanIt was a great privilege to be one of a party of four from the Diocese of Manchester who were able to visit our link diocese in Lahore Pakistan this February half term. My role, as a representative of Bury Church of England High School and of the Diocesan Board of Education in Manchester, was to develop further links between the schools and education services of Manchester and Lahore. In order to do that, we visited over a dozen Diocesan school across the territory and made a special link with what is to become our new partner school, St Denys’ in the Murree hills.

The weather, sights, colours, smells, food, roads, traffic (my goodness, the traffic!) and the military checkpoints meant that you could never forget that you were in Pakistan. Especially memorable were the friendliness of the people and the warmth of their welcome.

At each of the schools and church communities we visited we were welcomed like royalty – garlanded and bedecked with flowers, welcomed by song and dance and hundreds of pressing handshakes. It was a humbling experience; we brought back with us numerous gifts, from people who are much less wealthy than us and for whom there are many pressing needs.

There is much to say about the visit and lessons we learned. To be brief, I was immensely impressed by the commitment of the staff, many of whom work in conditions that we would find impossible and with resources that we would find inadequate; I was equally impressed by the children we met, who were disciplined and determined and so keen to utilise the opportunity of an education to improve their own lot. Our partner school in Murree has an inspiring story to tell. Subjected to two separate arson attacks in recent years and severely damaged, it is rising again. The school collapsed after the second attack and had just 18 pupils for a while. Now it has grown again to over 400 and has plans to continue to develop. We are determined to become partners with St Denys’ to learn from them and to contribute to their success.

Ian Jackson Deputy Headteacher, Bury C of E High School