Bury Grammar School百瑞文理男校, Tenterden Street, Bury, Lancashire BL9
Tel: 0161 797 2700 Fax: 0161 763 4655
• BOYS, 7–18, Day
• Pupils 826, Upper sixth 75
• Termly fees £1442–£2120
• Enquiries/application to the Headmaster
What it’s like
Founded late in the 16th century, re-endowed in 1726. After World War II a new
boys’ school was erected near the original buildings in the town. It is
purpose-built with every desirable amenity, enhanced by a recent building
programme. There are spacious playing fields. The school is non-denominational
and welcomes pupils of many faiths. It has a well-established tradition of good
teaching and examination results are good. Workshops and the technology
department are well-equipped (many pupils go on to become professional
engineers). There are flourishing ties with the local community and good mutual
support. It is strong in sport and games (a number of representatives at
national and county level); it also has outdoor pursuits in the Lake District
and North Wales.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 7–18; 826 day boys. Senior department
11–18, 640 boys.
Entrance: Main entry ages 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used;
for sixth-form entry, 7 GCSEs at least grade C. No special skills or religious
requirements. 55% of senior intake from state schools (plus 5% to sixth form);
45% from own junior school.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 1 pa academic scholarship at 11, an
Ogden bursary and a number of Governors’ Awards, on academic merit and financial
need. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; lunch (£108 per term) and school
Head & staff
Headmaster: Keith Richards, in post from 1990. Educated at Bristol
Grammar and Cambridge University (classics). Previously Head of Classics at
Repton and King’s, Chester, and Assistant Master at Manchester Grammar.
Teaching staff: 65 full time, 8 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 101 pupils in upper fifth: 92% gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects; 8% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 61 (59 over 5 years).
A-levels: 75 in upper sixth: 86% passed in 4+ subjects; 10% in 3 and 4%
in 2 subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 393.
University & college entrance 90% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course, 5% to Oxbridge. 15% took courses in medicine, dentistry &
veterinary science, 25% in science & engineering, 60% in humanities & social
sciences. Others typically go on to non-degree courses or re-take A-levels.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 22 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: All sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3–4 at
A-level; in addition, all take AS and A-level general studies. 27% take science
A-levels; 43% arts/humanities; 30% both. Key skills not taught; may change if
required by universities.
Vocational: Work experience compulsory for fifth formers, available for
Languages: French and German offered to GCSE and A-level (French
compulsory to GCSE, German for 1 year). Regular exchanges to Germany and France.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum. 100
computers for pupil use, internet access available. Rapidly developing
facilities in terms of networking and internet access.
Music: Over 15% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 10 musical groups including choral society, orchestra, dance
band, wind group. A number of boys play in town youth orchestra.
Drama: Drama offered. Some pupils are involved in school productions,
often with the girls’ school.
Art & design: On average, 20 take GCSE, 8 A-level. Design, pottery,
sculpture also offered. Recent pupil became head of design on The Face magazine.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, hockey, soccer, cross-country, swimming, basketball,
badminton, cricket, tennis, athletics compulsory to end of third year; all
optional from fourth year on. County representatives at rugby, soccer, swimming,
tennis, gymnastics, squash.
Activities: CCF and community service optional. Up to 15 clubs eg Young
Enterprise, art, pottery, CDT, Amnesty International, debating etc.
Uniform: School uniform worn to the fifth year.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy, head of house.
Religion: Morning assembly compulsory.
Social: Joint productions with Bury Grammar (Girls). French, German and
ski trips, exchanges with schools in Tulle, Dijon and Cologne. Pupils allowed to
bring own bikes to school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Great care is taken to suit the punishment of offenders to
the character and age of
each individual. Very strict line taken on drugs; pupils who introduced drugs to
school would be expelled.
Alumni association is run by Mr M Entwistle, 40 Longsight Road,
Holcombe Brook, Bury
Former pupils David Trippier, Alistair Burt (both ex-MPs); Simon
Kelner (Editor of the Independent); Alan Levy (QC).
University & college entrance 93% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (70% after a gap year), 7% to Oxbridge. 38% took courses in
arts, 16% in science, 5% in engineering/technology, 20% in social sciences, 15%
in vocational subjects and 5% in combined subjects.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 17 GCSE subjects, 22+ AS/A-level.
Every pupil has (and meets weekly) a personal tutor.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies is not taken. 6% take maths/science only at A-level; 48%
arts/humanities; 46% both. Key skills, optional, are integrated.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level;
also GCSE Italian in sixth form. Exchanges can be arranged.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week in Years 9–11)
and across the curriculum. 140 computers for pupil use (12 hours a day), all
networked and with e-mail and (filtered) internet access. Many pupils have their
own laptops. Most pupils take an IT related subject at GCSE IT or Clait.
Music: Over 60% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. 2 full orchestras, string chamber orchestra, concert band, 5
choirs and many smaller informal ensembles and bands. Many musical events.
Drama: Drama offered. A-level theatre studies and LAMDA exams taken. Some
15 pa plays produced; 12 pa professional musical/dramatic performances in the
Art & design: On average, 50 take GCSE, 20 A-level. Sculpture, pottery,
photography, print-making and textiles. Pupils regularly accepted at art
Sport & activities
Sport: Pupils must choose from a range including rugby, hockey, cricket,
tennis, rowing, athletics, netball, swimming, canoeing, lacrosse, cross-country,
squash, badminton, fencing, riding, sailing. A-level sport studies may be taken.
Pupils regularly represent county in eg rugby, hockey, athletics.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service and Adventure Training programme. Up to 50 clubs eg
chess, film, bell ringing, jazz.
Uniform: School dress code but no uniform.
Houses & prefects: Prefects, head boy and girl, heads of houses and house
Religion: Religious worship encouraged but not compulsory.
Social: Visits to France, Italy, Spain, Greece; skiing trips. Pupils
allowed to bring own bike to school. Meals self-service. School shop. Alcohol
allowed for the upper sixth.
Discipline Overseen centrally by the Headmaster, punishments are
administered by pastoral and tutorial staff and can lead ultimately to
suspension or expulsion.
Boarding Upper sixth have own study bedroom, lower sixth share in 2s;
remainder in rooms of about 4. Single-sex houses of 55, divided by age group.
Sanatorium with resident qualified nurse. Central dining room. Pupils can
provide and cook some own food. Visits to local town allowed – any age, twice a
week on average.
Former pupils Sir Terence Conran; Jasper Conran; Lucien Freud; Fred
Sanger OM; Sir John Eliot Gardner; Mark Elder; Howard Hodgkin; Philip de
Glanville; Mark Wigglesworth.