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Bury Grammar School Boys







Bury Grammar School百瑞文理男校, Tenterden Street, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0HN
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.

School profile

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 trips extra.

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 age 40.

Exam results

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.

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 others.
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.

The arts

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.

School life

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.

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
BL0 9SN.

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.

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.

The arts

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 school.
Art & design: On average, 50 take GCSE, 20 A-level. Sculpture, pottery, photography, print-making and textiles. Pupils regularly accepted at art colleges.

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.

School life

Uniform: School dress code but no uniform.
Houses & prefects: Prefects, head boy and girl, heads of houses and house prefects.
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.

Overseen centrally by the Headmaster, punishments are administered by pastoral and tutorial staff and can lead ultimately to suspension or expulsion.

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.