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
International School Visit – March 2014
It 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
Helping those with dementia
During a recent ‘Flexible Friday’ activity, Year 11 pupils designed logos to be entered into a competition run by the Making Space charity. This charity helps people with dementia and the chosen design will be used by shops and organisations nationwide to show that understanding will be offered by those in the building displaying it.
The competition winner will be announced at an event in the Millgate Shopping Centre on May 22nd as part of Dementia Awareness Week. Please support our students by voting for your choice of design on the Making Space website.
Votes for Women! – School Production March 2014
This year’s school production, Votes for Women, takes a light-hearted look at the Suffragette movement from the beginning of the last century.
If you would like to watch a performance they take place on Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March.
Tickets are available from the school hall every lunchtime.
Adult Tickets £4, child tickets £3, with adults admitted for the reduced price of £3 on Wednesday night only!
Lush visit CREST Awards pupils – January 2014
On Tuesday 21st January pupils had a visit from Lush Cosmetics. Ten pupils had the opportunity to discuss the history of Lush, ingredients they use and how they get their ideas with Lush staff. The pupils involved are completing projects based around cosmetics for a Bronze CREST Award from The British Science Association.
Their projects involve making and testing a range of cosmetic products. As part of the workshop pupils made their own Lush bath bomb to take home. The feedback for making their own bath bomb was overwhelmingly positive, one pupil commented “I loved everything! Now I know more about Lush’s history and products”.
The workshop will be very helpful for the pupils projects and it is great to see the real-life application of what we are doing in school. Susan and Yasmin from Lush were informative and engaging – Thank you.
“I loved making our own bath bombs and the goody bags were great!”
Bishop Gift visits Bury CE High School – November 2013
Bury CE High School was immensely pleased to welcome Bishop Gift Chaula on a recent visit from the Kingdom Glory Churches of Malawi. He toured the school, visited lessons and spoke in assembly over a period of two days during his visit to the UK.
Bishop Gift was keen to see the school because of the fundraising and support that has been offered by it for one of the projects in which he is involved in Malawi. Pupils and staff from Bury Church had visited Malawi in conjunction with a church sponsored group in 2011 and returned to the UK and school determined to do something to raise awareness and improve the plight of street children in Malawi, some of whom they had encountered during their visit.
Others in school quickly caught their vision and a series of activities were organised including charity talent shows and cake sales. Over the course of a few months, £2800 was raised to support the ministry of those working with homeless children in Malawi and countless other items and resources were collected to be sent in subsequent visits to the country.
Using those, and other funds, a house in Bangwe has been restored to a habitable standard; a kitchen, a bathroom, electricity, and clean water have all been installed. By January 2014 up to 6 street children will be accommodated there, looked after by a widow who will be trained to create a family environment for the children for the first time.
The pupils were moved and proud to hear from Bishop Gift that the name given to this refuge will be the “Bury Church Home”. There is an on-going commitment to the home both by PFJ Ministries, which is the organisation leading the work, and the school. For anyone interested in contributing to the work there, the next project is to set up a piggery and thereby create a self-financing resource for the home. Donations could be made through http://www.everyclick.com/pigproject
The Class of 2013 Returns to Bury Church of England High School – November 2013
The ‘Class of 13’ returned to the scene of their success on Tuesday 19th November. They gathered at Bury CE High School to receive their certificates and to receive awards. The guest speaker, Canon Maurice Smith CBE, a former Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, engaged the audience of staff, parents and young people superbly. His own reflections on his school days and a recent reunion of his peers gave everyone pause for thought. He spoke about the importance of education and how it should be for the benefit of the people of God’s world.
The former pupils enjoyed seeing images of their school life, expertly presented by their former head of year, Mr P Guest. The school was very proud of the ‘Class of 13’ who achieved 68% 5A*- C including English and Maths, a 3% increase in performance against a backdrop of declining grades across England. Not only did they achieve this, but 40% of them gained the English Baccalaureate.
As last year’s Head Girl commented on the year group’s time in the school “We’ve all come out the other side, bigger and better versions of our Year 7 selves, prepared and ready to take on the rest of what life has to offer.” From what we saw on Tuesday night, the world will certainly be a better place because of their journey
Zoo trip prize for Bury budding scientists – November 2013
Budding scientists from Bury Church of England High School saw some of their lessons come to life during a behind-the-scenes visit to a college zoo.
Twelve pupils from Years 9 and 10 helped to feed ring tailed lemurs and meerkats and flew birds of prey during an action packed trip round Reaseheath College’s zoo. Reaseheath College, in Nantwich, Cheshire, is one of the country’s leading specialist land-based colleges and has the best college zoo in the country.
Bury Church of England High School pupil Lucy Tyrer, 15, of Bury won the chance to spend time with Reaseheath’s zoo keepers after becoming one of the top prizewinners at The Big Bang Fair in Liverpool, a north west event aimed at encouraging young scientists and engineers.
Her project, ‘The Perfect Cup of Tea’, was awarded top marks for enthusiasm and commitment to STEM (education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The category prize was sponsored by Reaseheath College.
Lucy chose to bring 11 fellow science enthusiasts on her day out. All the pupils have completed CREST (Creative Science and Technology) awards. Lucy, who wants to become a vet said: “This was a really good experience. All the colleges near us are in towns so being out in the country and meeting all the animals was amazing.” Chemistry teacher Amy Jackson, who accompanied the group, said: “Our pupils, particularly girls, are becoming more and more interested in science. This was a great opportunity to come to Reaseheath and spend time outside doing practical activities. The facilities here are stunning. The whole group had a really good learning experience and loved every minute.”
The news story can be read here.
GCSE Certificates Collection – November 2013
Should you need to collect your GCSE certificates, please contact the Exams Office at school either by telephone (0161 797 6236), to make an appointment to call into school. The Exams Office is open between 9.30am and 3.00pm Monday to Friday during school term time.
If you cannot collect your certificates personally, but wish to have them collected for you, for instance by a family member, you will need to contact the Exams Office giving details of the person who will be collecting on your behalf. The authorised person can only collect your certificates if they bring a letter of authorisation signed by you and proof of their identity at the time of the appointment.
A map of the area can be found here.
Services of Remembrance – November 2013
This year Bury CE High School took time to pause at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month to bring to mind those whose lives have been damaged or destroyed by conflict since our school was founded in 1748. All lessons paused for an act of remembrance, with a silence at 11 am, heralded by our trumpeters playing the ‘Last Post’ around the school site.
At the same time, a remembrance day service was taking place in the school hall, with our Head Boy and Girl, supported by their Deputies, leading the act of remembrance and laying wreathes at the three plaques that commemorate the three stages of our school’s life.
A group of pupils also attended the Remembrance Sunday parade in Bury Town Centre and laid a wreath at the war memorial.
School visit to Rome – October 2013
Autumn Half Term in Rome
A school party visited Rome over the first part of October half term; it was the first visit organised by school to the Italian capital. A party of 5 staff and 41 pupils returned from sunny Rome (temperatures hit 29 degrees and there was no rain – a little different from the storms that ravaged the UK during that time) having worn their feet to blistered stubs from a thorough and wonderful exploration of the historic city.
The party visited ancient Roman sites (Colosseum, Trajan’s Markets, the catacombs, the Pantheon and Castel Sant’Angelo amongst them), the tourist sites (the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona), intriguing sites (a crypt decorated with the bones of thousands of monks, an Italian market at Campo del Fiori and a film based on the history of Rome with all sorts of effects added) and important religious sites such as St Peter’s, the Vatican museums and Sistine chapel and the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore.
Some of the party visited an opera and others were fortunate enough to see the Pope in one of his regular audiences to thousands. In addition to that, we enjoyed a night time open bus tour of Rome, went 10 pin bowling and spent too much money on shopping around the famous and expensive shops of the Via del Condotti – no one bought an actual Ferrari per se but lots bought a cap to accompany their Gucci perfume. We also experienced a great deal of pride as staff as we were effusively and sincerely congratulated by members of the public on how well our pupils behaved at the airports and around the visits; many thanks to all who took part, for the efforts made by staff and the pleasure of looking after such wonderful students.