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
Visit to Pakistan
Three teachers, Mrs Brownhill, Mrs Schofield, and Mr Jackson, spent ten days in October visiting our link school in Pakistan, St Denys’ High School. St Denys’ is a school in the Punjab, sited in the towering hills of Kashmir. Lahore diocese has a link to Manchester Diocese and there have been visits and exchanges between the two for several years. St Denys’ is a school which educates boys and girls between the ages of about 3 and 9 and girls from 10 to 16. It has a small boarding community of 37 girls and a larger day pupil cohort of just over 400 pupils. The school has twice been attacked by unknown individuals and although no staff or pupils were hurt it has suffered immensely and its main buildings were burnt down to the ground. Most of the pupils who attend the school are local and Muslim by faith, although there is a very small Christian contingent amongst the staff and pupils. We felt privileged to be able to visit the school as it re-establishes itself and begins to grow to its former size, and we felt that we were able in this way to celebrate the importance of the education of girls and the need for active and meaningful interaction between faith communities.
We were welcomed and entertained like royalty whilst in Murree. The generosity of our hosts was immense and we were very grateful for their care and for everything they did for us. Furthermore, educationally also it was a very positive and fruitful visit, and we learned a lot from seeing the school and teachers in action. We were able to reciprocate by introducing them to a range of strategies and teaching methodologies and leaving gifts provided in part by the fundraising in school. We have shared some of these memories and lessons with our own pupils since our return and expressed our thanks for the support, prayers and resources that we carried with us as we travelled to Pakistan. There are hopes and plans for further developments in the partnership between our two schools, perhaps including a further visit to Pakistan by staff and a visit to Bury by a few pupils and teachers from St Denys’.
H Brownhill, H Schofield, I Jackson
European Day of Languages
The Languages Department is organising a series of events in school to coincide with the European Day of Languages which, this year, is on Monday 26th September. Throughout the week, there will be quizzes, themed lunches in the school canteen, French film club in the library and a Great European Bake Off competition! For more information visit the official website here.
Engaging Parents Evenings – Date changes
Due to an additional Engaging Parents Evening being added to the calendar a number of other imminent events have had to be rearranged. The adjusted calendar is displayed below.
Diary Date : Monday 19th September (NOTE DATE CHANGE) 7pm – 8pm. Year 7 Engaging Parents Evening – “Languages”.
Diary Date : Tuesday 20th September (NEW EVENT) – Year 10 Engaging Parents Evening – “E-Safety”.
Diary Date : Wednesday 28th September – Year 7 Engaging Parents Evening – “Mathematics”.
Diary Date : Thursday 29th September (NOTE DATE CHANGE) – Year 10 Engaging Parents Evening – “Supporting your child in Key Stage 4”.
All parents of students in these year groups are warmly welcomed to attend.
Open Evening – September 14th 2016
2016 GCSE RESULTS
Congratulations to our Year 11 ‘Class of 2016’ who have achieved the best attainment 8 score in Bury at the time of writing. We are delighted for you as this follows the Real Schools Guide assessment that your school is the best state school in Bury and is in the top 25% of schools in England. Well done! For full GCSE results information see here and to access the Real Schools Guide report for BCEHS see here.
The school is in the process of introducing the ShowMyHomework online system for homework setting and support. From Monday 12th September, pupils will be introduced to how it works and over the subsequent few weeks we will be working towards the point where all homework set at Bury Church will be available online through this system. In the first instance, both parents and pupils will access work through the open calendar, which can be seen by clicking on the ShowMyHomework icon in this news item or the link under the LINKS menu above.
Later on there will also be an icon on the website to use as a shortcut and, of course, the site can be added to your favourites bar after your first visit. By the October half-term the system should be fully functioning and all parents and pupils should also have received account details which will allow them to log in and see personalised calendars and notices. A briefing session will be arranged for parents who would like to know more although the date for this has not yet been arranged.
We are certain that this system will enhance our practice, pupil learning and the involvement of parents in some very important aspects of school life.
HEADTEACHER’S END OF YEAR LETTER
The Rev’d C Watson’s annual end of year letter includes information about the last day of term and the return to school in September as well as advice about the purchasing of new school uniform and the general appearance of students. The full letter can be viewed here. Further information about school uniform can be viewed here.
Following a short inspection of BCEHS on June 28th 2016 it was adjudged that ” This school continues to be good”.
To read the full report click here.
Benvenuto alla cucina italiana!
Benvenuto alla cucina italiana! On Friday 8th July, pupils made pizzas during Italian club, learnt the vocabulary for ingredients and deciphered those all important pizza names such as Quattro Stagione (4 seasons), La Regina (The Queen) and Il Diavolo (The Devil – a spicy one)! A very fitting end to a great half term of Italian club. Grazie ai tutti. Signorina Thomas
GCSE RESULTS DAY: Thursday 25th August 2016
GCSE results will be available in school for collection from 10am until 1pm.
GCSE Religious Studies results will be available in school for collection from 11am until 1pm.
Alternatives are offered to pupils who cannot collect their results personally.