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.

The school day

Time of bell
8.35 am Registration
8.40 am Bell for Assembly
9.05 am Period 1
9.40 am Period 2
10.15 am Break
10.35 am Period 3
11.10 am Period 4
11.45 am Period 5
12.20 pm Period 6
12.55 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Registration
2.05 pm Period 7
2.40 pm Period 8
3.15 pm Period 9
3.50 pm End of school (3.15pm on Fridays)

Boys are advised to arrive at school early enough to organise their books and equipment for the morning ahead.

Access to school

Boys may enter the school at 7.45am and are asked to leave by 4.00pm unless engaged in an activity supervised by a member of staff. While many members of staff are present at 7.45am, staff supervisory duties do not begin until 8.35am. The school offers a supervised study facility until 5.30pm each school day in the Learning Resource Centre, for which there is no charge and they are supervised by Prefects.

No boy should enter a laboratory, sports area or workshop unsupervised.

Pastoral Care

At BGSB we place great emphasis on pastoral care and believe that the boys’ health, happiness and safety are essential if they are to flourish, enjoy school, fulfil their potential and make a positive contribution to society.   We believe that effective pastoral care is about removing the barriers to learning.

We are fully committed to the Every Child Matters agenda and expect all staff to share this commitment.  Each boy has a Form Tutor who sees the form twice each day and who has primary responsibility for the boys’ welfare, academic progress and personal development.

Form Tutors are supported by Heads of Year who meet weekly with the Deputy Head (Administration and Pastoral) to discuss the welfare of the boys and other issues which may arise.  The School Nurse and Health Support Worker provide invaluable assistance and also contribute to the PSHEE programme.  Boys may also self-refer to our School Counsellor – sessions are confidential although we encourage boys to inform their parents if they are taking advantage of this service.

As the boys progress through the school, the guidance offered by Form Tutors and Heads of Year is supplemented by the work of our Higher Education and Careers staff.

Our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education programme is delivered by designated staff and includes contributions from our Biology Department, nursing staff and external agencies. The programme is geared to what we believe is appropriate to the various stages of a boy’s development. Our aim is to help the boys to manage positively the challenges of growing up and to enable them to make a happy and successful transition to adulthood.

Our Pastoral Policy which sets out roles and responsibilities is available in the policies section.  The New Parents’ Handbook is available in the Downloads section of the website and answers most Frequently Asked Questions.

Form Tutors

The basic pastoral unit is the form and the role of Form Tutor is vital to the well-being and development of the boys.  Form Tutors see the boys twice a day during registration periods and for longer on days when they have tutor periods.

The welfare of the boys is primarily the responsibility of Form Tutors.  The expectation is that Form Tutors will build good relationships with the boys in their forms – relationships based upon trust and mutual respect.  Form Tutors should be the first point of contact for parents who have concerns over their sons’ welfare and Form Tutors keep Heads of Year aware of concerns.

Advice and support is available from the Head of Year.  In addition the Health Support Worker and School Nurse are invaluable sources of expertise.

With the exception of the first year, boys remain in the same form and with the same Form Tutor for two years.  This allows trust and respect to be developed and facilitates positive working relationships with parents.  In the Sixth Form, the aim is for the Form Tutor to teach the boy one of his academic subjects.

Form Tutors deal with punctuality, appearance, completion of homework, fabric of the form room, and relationships between the boys.  They have an overview of the boys’ academic progress and are vital to the academic tracking process.  Although they may not be able to provide the specialist advice of a subject teacher, they will be able to give generic advice and help boys to reflect on possible strategies for improvement.  Form Tutors also encourage boys to participate in the extensive extra-curricular programme.

Heads of Year become involved when a Form Tutor becomes aware of a persistent problem, a serious incident or underachievement.  Heads of Year will impose detentions and liaise with parents over disciplinary matters and more serious welfare issues.  They may also put boys on report if it is seen as being the best course of action to support their learning and address underachievement.  Parents should feel welcome to contact the Head of Year by telephone (0161 797 2700) or by e mail:

If an incident is likely to involve the possibility of suspension or internal isolation the Head of Year will involve the Deputy Head (Administration and Pastoral).  The Deputy Head (Administration and Pastoral) will discuss any proposed suspensions with the Headmaster.

Heads of Year

Heads of Year are experienced members of staff and deal with boys and parents over disciplinary matters, serious welfare concerns and academic underachievement.  They work closely in support of the Form Tutors and meet one to one every week with the Deputy Head (Administration and Pastoral) to ensure that the boys receive the very best pastoral care.  Heads of Year have offices and operate an open door policy.  Boys are encouraged to drop in without appointment to discuss difficulties which may arise from time to time.  Their responsibilities fall into six categories:

a) Line management of Form Tutors – including their Review and Development.

b) Responsibility for the welfare of boys in their year group.

c) Responsibility for the discipline of boys in their year group.

d) Overseeing academic tracking of boys and responding as necessary – both to recognize and reward achievement and to support boys in addressing underachievement.

e) Developing a close home-school partnership.

f) Keeping the Deputy Head (Administration and Pastoral) aware of ongoing issues relating to the year group.

Heads of Year may impose detentions, consult with parents, place a boy on report or refer a boy to the Deputy Head (Administration and Pastoral) as required.  They are empowered to deal with all but the most serious breaches of discipline.      

The PSHEE Coordinator

The PSHEE Coordinator is responsible for the provision of schemes of work and resources for, and for the delivery of, PSHEE.  The Coordinator has primary responsibility for provision and delivery to boys in the First to Fifth Forms and works with the Head of Sixth Form to ensure the delivery of appropriate PSHEE for the L6th and U6th.  The Coordinator also ensures that all related policies are in place and are adhered to in provision and delivery.

The Management of Pastoral Care

The Deputy Head (Administration and Pastoral) is responsible to the Headmaster for the pastoral system and for ensuring that pastoral policies are up-to-date and reflect best practice.  Heads of Year report to him on all pastoral matters and he line manages the Heads of Year and the PSHE Coordinator.  He deals with serious breaches of discipline and advises the Headmaster regarding suspensions.  He is the Designated Person for Safeguarding within the school.  He meets weekly with the Heads of Year to offer advice and support and to ensure that there is a consistent approach to pastoral support.

The School Health Team and School Counsellor

The School Nurse or Health Support Worker are available to talk to the boys.  In addition our School Counsellor, provided by Relateen, is available one day a week.  The boys can make an appointment through the Health Support Worker.  All sessions are confidential, but if she or a member of the pastoral team feels that the boy’s welfare or safety is of serious concern then contact will be made with the parents or outside agencies.

We will not automatically notify parents if a boy is attending counselling sessions either with our own Health Support Team or the School Counsellor, although boys will be encouraged to tell their parents.

Assemblies

The school meets twice a week in a full assembly.  Weekly Year and Sectional assemblies also take place according to a schedule, as do House assemblies.  Sectional assemblies give forms the opportunity to plan and lead an assembly, important in developing their leadership and public speaking skills.

Learning Resource Centre

The Learning Resource Centre, situated in state-of-the art accommodation at the heart of the Boys’ School, provides information resources and study facilities for the whole school community.

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)