Re­in­forc­ing a long tra­di­tion of ex­cel­lence at Bury Gram­mar Schools


Rochdale Observer - - EDUCATION MATTERS -

THE Bury Gram­mar Schools has a long and rich his­tory of ex­cel­lence since the 1570s and is proud of its long-stand­ing tra­di­tion of be­ing an open and in­clu­sive com­mu­nity, which wel­comes stu­dents and staff from dif­fer­ent faiths and cul­tures. This is a source of great en­rich­ment for the whole com­mu­nity and is what makes the school so spe­cial.

BGS aims to of­fer every child an ed­u­ca­tion that is chal­leng­ing, en­rich­ing and fun. The op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vided for pupils at BGS are wide and var­ied with in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ences to sup­ple­ment out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tional stan­dards. The school has top-qual­ity sports fa­cil­i­ties, such as an 18-me­tre in­door swim­ming pool, new 3G all-weather pitches for foot­ball, rugby, cricket, fut­sal and hockey. There are full-sized volleyball and bas­ket­ball courts, four ten­nis courts, 50-me­tre sprint track and fa­cil­i­ties for high jump, long jump and triple jump – all set within the 45-acre school cam­pus.

BGS Pre-School of­fers chil­dren the best pos­si­ble start to a jour­ney of ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence from three years of age. The school has recog­nised that a lot of par­ents and fam­i­lies need flex­i­bil­ity dur­ing both term times and hol­i­days, to suit the de­mands of their home and work­ing life. The school of­fers 51 weeks of out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tional care and hol­i­day clubs are also avail­able for all chil­dren above three years of age.

It has been a fan­tas­tic year for BGS sixth for­m­ers with the vast ma­jor­ity of stu­dents em­bark­ing upon their first choice course at some of the most pres­ti­gious univer­si­ties in the coun­try. More than a third of the stu­dents achieved the elite A and A * grades in their A Level ex­am­i­na­tions. A stun­ning 39 stu­dents ob­tained a string of A*s, As and Bs. Univer­sity des­ti­na­tions are cru­cially im­por­tant to BGS stu­dents, and are the cul­mi­na­tion of years of hard work and com­mit­ment to their stud­ies. The win­ning com­bi­na­tion of their hard work, care­ful guid­ance from the sixth form team and the per­sonal ap­proach taken to UCAS ap­pli­ca­tions, give BGS Sixth Form stu­dents the best pos­si­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties in the com­pet­i­tive arena of higher ed­u­ca­tion and be­yond.

Fol­low­ing on from the amaz­ing A Level suc­cess, BGS achieved yet an­other out­stand­ing set of GCSE re­sults. More than half of all grades for the boys and girls were A-A* or equiv­a­lent. There were ex­cep­tional achieve­ments across the board, in­clud­ing re­sults in the re­formed GCSEs in Maths, English and English Lit­er­a­ture with the new nu­mer­i­cal grad­ing sys­tem. These grades rep­re­sent some out­stand­ing per­sonal achieve­ments for cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als who have ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions. A ma­jor­ity of the Year 11 pupils are con­tin­u­ing their ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney at BGS into the Sixth Form.

All BGS pupils – from the very youngest at three years of age to the old­est at age 18 – en­joy nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties with a com­pre­hen­sive ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar pro­gramme, which has some­thing for ev­ery­one. Pupils leave the school as con­fi­dent, ar­tic­u­late and in­de­pen­dent young adults with ex­cel­lent aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions and a pos­i­tive ap­proach to life and their stud­ies.

Pupils are given the op­por­tu­nity to take part in show-stop­ping school pro­duc­tions show­cas­ing the tal­ents of BGS pupils from both the girls and boys school. Through World Chal­lenge, pupils travel to de­vel­op­ing re­gions in the world and un­der­take char­i­ta­ble com­mu­nity projects. They can also learn to sur­vive in wild coun­try as part of the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award Scheme and join the Schools Com­bined Cadet Force, which is one of the largest and longestrun­ning in the coun­try.

The school is lo­cated in the cen­tre of Bury and is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from Rossendale, Bolton, Rochdale, Old­ham and North Manchester. The school runs ded­i­cated coach ser­vices from a wide range of lo­ca­tions across the re­gion.

Visit one of the school open events on Oc­to­ber 5 and 7. For more in­for­ma­tion or to ar­range a per­sonal tour email ad­mis­sions@ bury­gram­

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