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
Mrs Lockey to complete the Manchester Marathon (March 2012)
On 29th April, Mrs Lockey will be taking part in her first ever marathon. Training has been going very well over the last few months; with many of you having seen her plodding the streets of a weekend! She would like to thank everyone who has sponsored her so far. She says, “It really is motivation during the painful and sometimes lonely miles to know that in completing this event I will be raising money to help disadvantaged children in the local area. Without this support training, especially during the cold dark nights, would be much more difficult to get out and do!”
Mrs Lockey’s form group are also helping in fundraising by each of them (26 in total) completing 1 mile each around the school grounds at some point between now and the day of the marathon. Between them they will cover the marathon distance – its just a shame they can’t all do a leg each on the actual day!
If anyone else feels that they would like to sponsor Mrs Lockey and her form, then you can do so at http://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Lockey. Here you can find out more about the charity, Help a Capital Child, that she’s running for and make an easy online donation to a very worth cause. Thank you in anticipation of your support!
BBC School Report Update (March 2012)
The students did a fantastic job creating their school news report. The students worked incredibly hard and met their deadline! The full report can be watched on the BBC School Report page.
Bury Services for Poorly Children (March 2012)
Services for poorly children and young people in Bury, are changing from March 2012.
Click here to download the information produced by the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
Operation Christmas Child and Children in Need (December 2011)
Many thanks to everybody who donated a shoebox filled with items for the Operation Christmas Child appeal. We collected over 100 boxes which will be bringing cheer to less fortunate children around the world. Many special thanks to the charities group for organising and promoting this appeal.
Children in Need was also a great success raising £800. Thank you for all the cake donations for the cake sale which raised over £150.
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!