Parent Information


Coach Services

Bury Grammar Schools provide coach services that offer a safe, convenient and direct journey to and from our campus.

We are delighted to announce that our new transport partner for 2016/17 is Tranzcare Travel Limited, a local firm and specialist provider of executive coach and minibus services.

Tranzcare Travel will provide executive standard coaches and minibuses for our pupils with much of the fleet branded with our school name and logo.

New stops for 2016/17

By popular demand and so that we provide coach services to as many pupils as possible we have provided new stops in:

  • Greenmount, Tottington
  • Ainsworth
  • Whitefield, Prestwich, Manchester Road. 

 Our 2016/17 routes are

  • Rossendale: Waterfoot, Newchurch, Rawtenstall, Haslingden, Ramsbottom and new stops for 2016/17 – Holcombe Brook, Greenmount, Tottington
  • Norden/Bamford: Edenfield Rd, Bamford precinct, War Office Rd
  • Rochdale Central: Shawclough, Whitworth Rd, Town Hall, Bury Rd
  • Middleton: Birch, Rhodes, town centre, Mainway, Hollins Lane, Heywood
  • Bolton: Chorley New Rd, Egerton, Turton Bottom bridge, Edgworth, Longsight Rd, and new stops for 2016/17 Ainsworth
  • Worsley/Swinton/Eccles: Newearth Rd, The Cock Pub, Monton Green Rd, Partington Lane, Agecroft Rd, new stops for 2016/17 Prestwich, Whitefield, Manchester Road.

Drop off and pick up points at Bury Grammar School are at designated bus stops on Jubilee Way, within 2 minutes walk of the School campus.

Here are our details of specific bus stops and prices.

Sibling discounts

We offer sibling discounts of 20% to BGS families where more than 1 child uses the coach. The first child will be charged at the standard fare with all subsequent siblings receiving a 20% discount.

Pupils in years 11, 12 and 13

Pupils in years 11, 12 and 13 pay a reduced termly fare during the Summer term to reflect study leave.

Juniors

We realise that School coaches are not suitable for our youngest pupils but parents may wish to consider this option for children in the later years of the Junior Schools. There will be priority seating at the front of the coaches for Junior School pupils. Junior Girls have only one road to cross which has a crossing attendant; Junior Boys have a small side road to cross at Tenters Street.

Safety

All BGS coaches are fitted with seatbelts, have DBS checked drivers and all pupils are fully insured when using the BGS coaches. Many of the coaches are fitted with CCTV. The BGS coaches are for our pupils only, no other school nor the general public can use them.

Booking and Billing

Coach places are allocated on a first come first served basis, so please do not delay if you would like to book a space. We operate a waiting list where there is excess demand for a route.

All coach reservations are for an academic year, are calculated on a daily basis and fares are billed termly in advance.

For example, if your route is priced at £4 each day the termly bill for a pupil will be:

Autumn term £4/day x 64 days = £256 billed at the start of the Autumn term

Spring term  £4/day x 54 days = £216 billed at the start of the Spring term

Summer term  £4/day x 52 days = £208 billed at the start of the Summer term

Please note that this example is just for illustrative purposes only and costs will be lower for year 11, 12 and 13 pupils and siblings.

If you would like to make a reservation, please complete the booking form and email it to bursarsinfo@burygrammar.com or alternatively you can post your form to Kendra Ward, The Bursar’s Office, Farraday House, Bridge Road, Bury, Lancs BL9 0HG.

If you have any questions, please contact Kendra on 0161 764 4442.

Pastoral Care

We give pastoral care a high priority and believe that success in school depends on the happiness and personal wellbeing of each boy. Our USP, our Unique Special Peronailty as a school is how well we personalise the learning and the support given to every boy. Our Pastoral structure and teaching strategy supports this USP.

The Class Teacher, in particular, monitors closely the educational, emotional and social welfare of the boys in his or her form.  This reflects the importance the school places on the development of the whole child.

Class teachers are available to meet informaly with parents to ensure boys are enoying life at school and are achieving their potential.

The School Day

The school day begins at 8.40am and finishes at 3.30. The boys have four periods in the morning, with a break of twenty minutes, and four periods in the afternoon, with a break of ten minutes.

Lunch is taken in the Senior School Dining Hall and boys may have funds available via their cashless catering student accounts to purchase food. Boys may of course bring in a packed lunch.

The Before School Club runs from 7.30am, with Breakfast Club and then boys are supervised in the Junior School Hall from 8.00am until 8.20am. From 8.20 boys are allowed in to their form rooms.

Boys are made aware of the key codes to access the school gate and the main entrance. At 8.15, the side gate is opened and boys may enter the playground directly. Parents are asked not to access the school building without a member of staff.

The After School Club starts at 3.30pm and finishes at 5.45pm. Boys are allowed to stay in the After School Club until 4.00pm free of charge.

Facilities

The Junior School has modern specialist facilities housed in an attractive and comfortable traditional setting.

There are well equipped specialist rooms for Information and Communication Technology (with the ICT room enabling whole-class teaching and providing each boy with his own computer at which to work), Science, Art and Design Technology.  On the ground floor there is a well-stocked library, a music room and separate individual music practice rooms.  The Assembly Hall is used for music and drama as well as for assemblies.  Each form has its own room which includes a cloakroom or storage space for belongings.  The form rooms have modern furniture and each room has an interactive whiteboard or an overhead projector.

The school buildings surround a large and secure playground.  The Junior School boys use the sports hall, swimming pool, playing fields, all-weather pitch and dining hall in the adjacent Senior School.

The Junior School library is a well stocked resource easily accessible to all boys.  It offers a pleasant and welcoming learning area with new and best selling children’s books regularly being added to the collection.

The library is open every lunchtime and is supervised by school librarians chosen from Exitus (Year 6).  During this time boys are able to change their library books and access information that could help them with projects and homework.  They are encouraged to use the library as a place of quiet reading.  There is also opportunity to listen to CDs and tapes using headphones.

 Home School Partnership

We believe that the boys’ education is a partnership between boys, staff and parents.  In order to facilitate this partnership we offer an open door policy where parents are welcome to visit the school to discuss their son’s progress with staff before or after school.  There is an annual coffee morning for each year group when parents are invited to attend assembly and see the school at work.  Reports are sent home twice a year and each year group has an annual parents’ meeting.  This regular contact allows us to keep parents up to date with their sons’ progress.

Some parents require out of school care for their son, and we offer wrap around care through our Before and After School Club.  Details are available from the School  ( T 0161 797 2700).

Summer School

Bury Grammar School Boys runs a very successful ‘Summer School’ during the summer holidays.

This year the Summer School  runs for two weeks in August, with dates to be confirmed.

Boys and girls from 6 to 13 are engaged in sport and non-sport activities from 9.30am to 3.30pm each day.

Children can attend either the first week or the second week.  If they attend both weeks there is a discount.

For more information please telephone the School, on 0161 797 2700.

Learning Resource Centre

The Learning Resource Centre, situated in state-of-the art accommodation at the heart of the Boys’ Senior School, provides information resources and study facilities for the whole school community. It is also available for Junior Boys and occasionally, Junior School class teachers use the facility for their lessons.

The ICT Facility provides networked computers with filtered and guided access to the Internet and electronic resources to support all teaching in the School via the BGS Network. Intranet pages are maintained by the LRC staff in consultation with Teaching Staff to provide a subject portal to important Internet resources. Subject lessons utilising ICT are conducted by Teaching Staff throughout the school day. Laptop computers, connected to the Network via wireless connections, are available for use by Teaching Staff and Students with special requirements.

The Library stock of over 10,000 resources includes books and periodicals available for loan or reference. The computerised Library Catalogue (Eclipse) provides access to resources housed in the LRC and in some departmental collections via the BGS Network. Resources can be borrowed by all members of the school throughout the opening hours of the LRC. The book issue system is fully automated and an electronic security system is also in operation.

The LRC provides a quiet working environment for study; research to support the curriculum and reading for pleasure. There are study facilities for over 90 students on the two floors of the LRC which are used by the Sixth Form throughout the school day and are available to the whole school before and after school and at break times.

The LRC is staffed by a team comprising a Chartered Librarian and members of the IT Services staff. The Librarian works closely with members of the Teaching Staff to ensure that the provision of information resources reflects the requirements of the curriculum and promotes leisure reading. The Librarian is actively involved in the development of the skills necessary to access information efficiently and effectively, including running a course of 6 lessons on library use and basic information skills undertaken by students during 1st Year English lessons and support to 6th Form students undertaking the Extended Project Qualification.

The Library Service is supported by a team of Student Librarians, led by a Principal Student Librarian appointed each year. The Student Librarians are involved in the extra-curricular activities based in the LRC and help the Librarian with library housekeeping routines. The Student Librarians celebrate national literary events, including National Poetry Day and World Book Day and support school charity work. The major literary prizes are also publicized and there are shadowing activities, run in conjunction with the English Department, for the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. The BGSB Reading Awards are organised by the Librarian to recognise the importance of reading for pleasure and to support study.

Contact : Mrs A Montgomery, Librarian librarian@bgsboys.co.uk

“The school library empowers learning : it gives access to real and virtual  environments where learners can discover resources that inspire and develop them.”    

  Source: Barrett, Lynn & Douglas, Jonathan Cilip guidelines for secondary school libraries (2004)