Bury Grammar School Girls 百瑞文理女校, Bridge Road, Bury, Lancashire BL9
Tel: 0161 797 2808 Fax: 0161 763 4658
• GIRLS, 4–18, Day, Boys 4–7 only
• Pupils 1016, Upper sixth 88
• Termly fees £1513–£2120
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1884, it is a few minutes from the town centre and close to the
rail/tram and bus stations. The main school is housed in a handsome Edwardian
building, to which there have been many fine modern additions. A Christian
foundation, it is now non-denominational, welcoming pupils of all religious
faiths. Examination results are very good. Facilities are good for art, design
and technology, ICT, music, drama and science. There is a tradition of
achievement in sport and games, particularly swimming and netball. Many clubs
and activities flourish and extensive work is done on behalf of national
charities. It enjoys strong local support.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18; 1016 day pupils (85 boys, 931
girls). Senior department 11–18, 673 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 7 GCSEs at least grade C including English and maths (grade B,
preferably A, in sixth-form subjects).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 1 pa academic scholarship at 11,
value up to 50% of fees. Approx 10 governors’ awards, based on academic ability
and financial need, at age 11. Parents are not expected to buy textbooks.
Dinners and instrumental musical tuition extra.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs R S Georghiou, appointed 2003. Educated at Manchester
University (English). Previously Deputy Headmistress at Westholme School and
Head of English at Bolton School (Girls).
Teaching staff: 79 full time, 27 part time.
GCSE: In 2003, 104 pupils in year 11; 94% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 66 (63 over 5 years).
A-levels: 88 in upper sixth; 99% passed in 4+ subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 403.
University & college entrance 100% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course, 6% to Oxbridge. 5% took courses in medicine, dentistry &
veterinary science, 20% in science & engineering, 4% in law, 17% in humanities &
social sciences, 22% in arts, 5% in languages, 5% in art & design, 21% in
vocational subjects eg business and management, finance, computer science,
education. A few typically go on to art or drama training.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 25 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (5 if includes
further maths), 3–4 at A-level; in addition, AS-level general studies
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French (compulsory from age 11) and German (from 12). Both
offered to GCSE, AS and A-level; also GCSE Spanish. Regular exchanges to France
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week in Years 7–9)
and across the curriculum. 60 computers for pupil use (7 hours a day), all
networked and most with e-mail and internet access; plus 60 laptops on wireless
network in dedicated sixth-form room. GCSE and A-level IT offered.
Music: Up to 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 10 musical groups including orchestras, chamber quartet,
brass, wind bands, jazz group,
Drama: Drama offered; A-level theatre studies. Some pupils are involved
in school productions.
Art & design: On average, 30–35 take art & design GCSE, 9 A-level.
Design, pottery, textiles also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, swimming, gymnastics, dance, tennis, rounders,
basketball, volleyball, badminton, health-related fitness compulsory. Optional:
lifesaving. Sixth form only: squash, golf. RLSS exams may be taken. Regular
county, occasional national, swimming, hockey, squash, cross-country; also
England netball rep and county badminton players.
Activities: Community service optional at age 16–18. Up to 30 clubs, eg
science, football, photography, badminton, debating, environment, including the
Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: No competitive houses or prefects. Appointed head
girl, deputy head girl and elected head of sixth form committee. School Council.
Religion: All religious faiths welcome.
Social: Many concerts, plays and societies are joint with Bury Grammar
Boys. Both schools share sixth-form common-room facilities. Meals self-service.
No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework would be expected to
hand it in the next day; those involved in drugs or smoking could expect
immediate exclusion. Anyone with drugs on the premises could expect expulsion.
Former pupils Victoria Wood, Nicola Shindler, Gill Samuels.