Bury Grammar Schools Transport
New Transport Offering September 2017
As you know, Bury Grammar Schools provide coach services offering a safe, convenient and direct journey to and from our campus. The School coach services give parents and carers peace of mind that their child will arrive at School safely.
For many years the School has provided a pre booked daily return option for our pupils but from September 2017 Bury Grammar Schools will offer two additional ways that pupils can use the School’s coach services. We hope that the new flexible offerings will support parents and carers and help with the daily routine of the school runAll options involve pre booking so that your child’s seat on the School coach is guaranteed. Tickets are issued on a first come first served basis so please book early to avoid disappointment. Where School coaches are full we do operate a waiting list.
There are 3 Flexible options for pre booked journeys:
1. Pre booked Daily Return Option for a term
BGS has offered this option for many years. It is a daily option where parents and carers pre book a daily return journey for an entire term.
This method guarantees a seat and enjoys our lowest journey fares and sibling discounts. Termly tickets are issued by the Bursar’s Office prior to the start of each term.
2. Pre booked Daily One-Way Option for a term
A new, flexible offering where parents and carers can pre book a one-way ticket, either a ‘ticket to school’ or a ‘ticket from school’ for an entire term. Please note a ticket that is used to go to school cannot be used as a ticket going from school and vice versa. This is designed to help parents and carers who can always make School journey arrangements at one end of the day but struggle with the School journey at the other end of the day.
This method guarantees a seat on the coach. Termly tickets are issued by the Bursar’s Office prior to the start of each term.
3. Single Journey Option
Designed to help parents and carers who would like their children to use the School coaches on an infrequent, ad hoc basis. The features of this new offering are:
- Up to 6 journeys in either direction in any 30-day period.
- Individual journey bookings to be made via the Bursar’s office a minimum of 24 hours in advance of intended travel date (without this we cannot guarantee a seat on the coach)
- Travel is with a valid pass/ticket only which is issued by the Bursar’s office and can be collected by pupils from their School office
- Bookings taken on a first come first served basis, there may not always be space on the coach for your chosen journey, so please book as early as you can. This will be explained at the time of booking.
- Pupils must have a valid ticket for travel, the driver will retain ticket when used.
- Individual journeys can be paid for at the time of booking or added to the next available direct debit or fee bill.
Our current routes are:
- Rossendale: Bacup, Newchurch, Rawtenstall, Haslingden, Ramsbottom, Holcombe Brook, Greenmount & Tottington
- Norden/Bamford: Edenfield Rd, Bamford precinct, War Office Rd
- Rochdale Central: Shawclough, Whitworth Rd, Town Hall, Bury Rd
- Bolton: Chorley New Rd, Egerton, Horrobin Fold, Turton Bottom bridge, Edgworth, Longsight Rd & Ainsworth
- Worsley/Whitefield: Newearth Rd, Monton Green Rd, Queensway, Agecroft Rd, Hilton Lane, Higher Lane & Manchester Rd. 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.
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.
Coach Fares and Discounts
Fares and discounts for our daily return journey tickets and one-way journey tickets booked a term in advance
Coach fares for the termly tickets are billed termly in advance. Our 2017/18 coach fares for our termly pre booked return journeys remain at 2016/17 prices.
For all daily journeys booked a term in advance we offer pupils in years 11, 12 and 13 a reduced termly fare during the Summer term to reflect study leave. Sibling discounts of 20% are available for families where more than 1 child uses the coach, the first child will be charged at the standard fare and all subsequent siblings will receive a 20% discount.
Please note there are no discounts available when purchasing single journey tickets.
Please note: The Middleton coach is operated independently by Rothwells Super Travel and is not part of the new offering.
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.
All BGS coaches are fitted with seatbelts, have DBS checked drivers and all pupils are fully insured when using the BGS coaches. The BGS coaches are for our pupils only, no other school nor the general public can use them. To reach the campus from the bus stops BGS girls have only one road to cross which has a crossing attendant. BGS Junior Boys have a small side road to cross at Tenters Street and BGS Senior Boys have to cross Bridge Road.
To ensure everyone using the School coach has a safe and pleasant journey we do have transport regulations that we ask all parents to sign before their child can use the School coaches. Details are available from the Bursar’s office.
How to Book/ Payment
If you would like to make a reservation, please complete the booking form available below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively you can post it to Kendra Ward, The Bursar’s Office, Farraday House, Bridge Road, Bury, Lancs BL9 0HG.
If you have any questions about our coach service, please call Kendra Ward at the Bursar’s Office on 0161 696 8600 option 3.
Free Taster Journeys
We would like to offer parents the opportunity to book a free taster journey for their child on any of our coaches (excluding the Middleton route) on either 29th or 30th June.
Places are limited. Please contact either Kendra or Rachel on 0161 696 8600 option 3 to reserve your place by Tuesday 27th June.
A full list of times, fares and coach stops are shown below
The school day
|Time of bell|
|8.40 am||Bell for Assembly|
|9.05 am||Period 1|
|9.40 am||Period 2|
|10.35 am||Period 3|
|11.10 am||Period 4|
|11.45 am||Period 5|
|12.20 pm||Period 6|
|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.
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.
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:
- 1st Form: Mrs A C Gill, email@example.com
- 2nd Form: Mrs S J Howard, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 3rd Form: Miss E A Stansfield, email@example.com
- 4th Form: Mr D T Newbury, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 5th Form: Mrs S G Cawtherley, email@example.com
- L6th/U6th: Mr N Parkinson, firstname.lastname@example.org (Head of Sixth Form), Mr M Cooke, email@example.com (Assistant Head of Sixth Form)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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)