Our geography field trip to Cleveleys

Our geography field trip to Cleveleys

This week our Year 11 geography students went on their field trip to Cleveleys to study beach management and coastal environment. One of the students has provided a write-up about the day and we’ve added a few snapshots from the day:

During my GCSE Geography Cleveleys trip I had a great time. As a group we measured groynes (the height of the sediment which had built up against them) on the beach, evaluated the various management strategies and held a questionnaire with members of the public.

It was a nice day out and we got to choose what lunch we had. Me and my friends had KFC! My favourite part of the day was carrying out the questionnaire, as the community was very friendly.

Overall, this trip was fun as we got to personally see the management strategies Cleveleys had in place, helping us understand our geography case study of coastal management in the UK.

by Safiya A


Mia P, another Year 11 Geographer, writes her account of the day:

As a class we went to Cleveleys near Blackpool to learn about coastal defences on the sea front. I enjoyed this trip because not only was I able to learn visually (actually see the coastal defences), it gave me the opportunity to improve my confidence in speaking to people I don’t know or haven’t seen/spoken to before as we had to do a public questionnaire on how they think the coastal defences have protected the town and how good they are.

It was interesting to see the coastal defences in action when the sea came in fully, especially the Spanish steps, and to be able to see how good and affective the defences are as this allows us to make our own judgement on which is the best defence in keeping the town safe from flooding, etc.

This trip was a good opportunity to socialise after a long period of time in lockdown with Covid – which was probably what we all needed!

I developed lots of new skills; for example being able to measure the sand on either side of the groynes, speaking to new people, knowing how to do a bipolar survey, and knowing what that means.

Overall I think I had a very pleasant experience with learning new things and developing my skills.
by Mia P


Try something new, fun and exciting this summer

Try something new, fun and exciting this summer

This summer, for the first time, a wide range of free summer holiday activities is being provided across the borough of Bury – including Bury, Prestwich, Radcliffe,
Ramsbottom, Tottington and Whitefield.

The activities are all designed to be fun, to help children grow in self-confidence, to learn something new and to include a healthy meal. Taking part is free for children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

The activities are brought to you by Bury Council; Bury Voluntary, Community and Faith Alliance; Bury’s schools and the activity providers listed in this booklet.
Bury Holiday Booklet

Congratulations to Barclays Graduates

Congratulations to Barclays Graduates

A huge well done to Sophie, Jack and Ellison who graduated today from Bury’s Barclays Lifeskills Mentoring Programme today. The programme ​has helped them develop the skills they need to take their next step, whether that’s going to sixth form, college, university or straight to work. They have been involved in a variety of activities working with external facilitators, employers, students from other schools and The Talent Foundry. They were amazing!

Become a student leader

Become a student leader

Applications for the Year 11 Student Leadership Team are now open for students in Year 10. We are looking for a strong team of students to represent the school in all aspects of school life, as discussed in Mr Ishtiaq’s assembly last week.

If you are interested in becoming part of this team, please email a paragraph of no more than 500 words explaining why you feel you would be suitable for this role, and what skills and attributes you can bring to the Student Leadership Team.

Emails should be sent to Mr Ishtiaq at aishtiaq@tottington.shaw-education.org.uk by no later than Friday 16th July at 3.00pm.

Successful applicants will be contacted by Monday 19th July and training and specifics of the job will be discussed in September.

Please be aware that applications for Head Boy/Girl will only be open to those students who are selected for the student leadership team. Once the team has been selected, those students will then be notified about how to apply for the senior roles.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via the email address above.


Mr A Ishtiaq

Bury College Newsletter – Year 11 Update

Bury College Newsletter – Year 11 Update

Year 11 Update

Introductory Day – Next week! – ONLINE EVENT!

It’s now less than one week to go until the Bury College Introductory Day Online Event!

Our Introductory Day event will go ahead online from Tuesday 29th June to Friday 2nd July. There is no need to book, and all Bury College applicants holding an offer will be emailed a link to join in advance of the start day. Students can access the event at their convenience, any time on the above dates.

The link will direct them to an area on our website which will showcase sessions for each curriculum area, profile the wide range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities on offer, and also provide information about the mental health and wellbeing support available at Bury College.

We really value student feedback, and so we have another fantastic opportunity for students to be in with a chance of winning a pair of Apple AirPods by providing their feedback on their experience of our event, by completing a short survey and entering into a draw. The winners will be announced on Monday 5th July.

Terms & Conditions can be found at https://burycollege.ac.uk/information/terms-and-conditions


Bridging Resources

We encourage all students to visit our Be Bury College Ready portal available on our website. This portal is designed to support students in their transition from Year 11 to College. There are subject specific bridging resources on the portal with content for A Level & Vocational subjects, plus extra general resources and resources specifically for those students looking to start an Apprenticeship.

Please click on this link to find all of the relevant information https://burycollege.ac.uk/how-we-support-you/be-bury-college-ready/


Apprenticeship Vacancies

In addition to Vocational programmes and A Levels, we offer Apprenticeships in a range of subjects, including: Accounting, Business Administration, Childcare, Customer Service, Dental Nursing, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care*, Laboratory Technician, and Teaching Assistant.

Year 11 School Leavers can start working as an Apprentice from 1st July 2021, so now is the perfect time for students to create their CVs, apply to jobs and attend interviews ahead of securing a full-time job.

Apprenticeships are positions of employment, therefore students must apply to a live job vacancy to be considered.  Here at Bury College we have a number of live vacancies with companies we partner with, you can view these vacancies by following this link:


Additionally, students can apply for Apprenticeships directly with employers or with other providers. To view a list of local vacancies, follow the link below, enter your postcode and select your preferred industry from the menu.


*Bury College partner employers choose to take students aged 18+ for this subject, however students can still apply for a job in Health and Social Care externally and then join the course at Bury College if they are aged 16+ – For further information please contact 0161 280 8200.

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s UK Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is nature and the environment.

There’s a lot of good research to support the role nature can play in protecting and supporting our mental health.

For many of us though, ‘being in nature’ may not be as easy as it sounds. The good news is, you don’t have to climb a mountain to feel the benefit – there are lots of simple ways to bring nature into your everyday.

Watch the video below and then try some of the top tips on how you can build your own connection with nature.

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