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 National Careers Week 1st-5th March

It’s National Careers Week 1st-5th March

National Careers Week 2021 runs from 1st-5th March and is a week dedicated to promoting careers guidance across the UK.

This is an opportunity to think about different career opportunities and a chance to explore how effective choices can be made about your future.

Bury College has created a short video presentation featuring one of Tottington’s former students designed to raise aspirations. We hope this will encourage you to continue to put the effort in now in order to have a successful future.

Creative Careers Week, an initiative run by Creative and Cultural Skills, is running alongside National Careers Week.

The Bury Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) reached out to local artists and professionals to share insight on their journey in creative careers and how taking part in creativity from a young age supported them to get where they are now.

This series of short videos shares real life stories from local people.

You can access the content here:


More information and resources on Creative Careers can also be found on the Discover Website at https://discovercreative.careers/#/

Visit https://nationalcareersweek.com/ and navigate the wonderful resources

Watch the pre-made assemblies on this website that are relevant to your Key Stage.

Here is the link:


Visit https://jobsliveuk.com/national-careers-week-2021/ and keep an eye out for all the different broadcasts they have this week, helping you to find out more about the careers that are available to you right now. Register to be connected to businesses LIVE on the Jobs Live channel.



Here at Tottington High School we are always striving to find ways to help students reach their potential. We will be offering an intervention programme remotely to some students after half term. In the Intervention section of the website you will find information to parents and a subject timetable. Miss Postle has provided a video to explain the programme in more detail. You will also find extra support to help you prepare for mock exams and end of year assessments.

After half term staff will be posting videos on the following:

  • Revision skills and techniques
  • Organisation and time management
  • Command words
  • Positive mindset

Parents will receive a text message from school only if their child has been selected to take part in Intervention sessions. We will be adjusting the list of students eligible for intervention and informing parents every few weeks as the students’ need for intervention changes.

Click here to visit the Intervention page
The Intervention page is also available under the Students tab.

National Apprenticeships Week

National Apprenticeships Week

This week is National Apprenticeships Week 2021 (8-12 February), and at Tottington High School we are providing our Year 11 students with lots of information around Apprenticeships through their Personal Development lessons this week. In addition, all students and parents can access the range of resources that Amazing Apprenticeships have put together to help you find out more about Apprenticeships and where they can take you, if this is an option you would like to consider after secondary education.

The Bury Apprenticeship Working Group

The Bury Apprenticeship Working Groups have put together a newsletter to inspire local teens on the work they are doing in Bury and to celebrate local success stories. Take a look at the Apprenticeships-Good News Letter below to find out more about apprenticeships through Bury College, North Lancs Training Group, JM Excellence and many more!
Apprenticeships – Good News Letter


Test your Apprenticeship Knowledge

Amazing Apprenticeships have created lots quizzes to help inform students and parents about apprenticeships, traineeships and T Levels. Visit amazingapprenticeships.com/quizzes to test your apprenticeship knowledge and find out more information.

How can apprenticeships link to my favourite subjects?

If you are not sure where to start researching apprenticeships, it can be easier to think about the school subjects you enjoy most and what apprenticeships they could lead to. Amazing Apprenticeships have designed subject posters to show you the range of apprenticeships listed for each subject. Are there any apprenticeships that interest you from the posters below? If so, complete some independent research to find out more about those options.
apprenticeships posters


Which employers offer apprenticeships?

There are thousands of employers that offer apprenticeships. The Amazing Apprenticeships Vacancy Snapshot portal allows you to explore recognisable employers, the apprenticeship programmes they offer, the company benefits, the programme details, unique look-behind-the-scenes footage, case studies and detailed information about the recruitment process. Visit amazingapprenticeships.com/vacancies and browse the different companies offering apprenticeships.

You can also search for thousands of other apprenticeship vacancies that are available on the GOV.UK Find an apprenticeship website: gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

You can also check out RateMyApprenticeship to view Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships available within a 10 mile radius of Tottington.

NHS Apprenticeships

The NHS have a range of apprenticeships available which offer routes into 350 careers for the NHS. To find out more visit nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/plan/workforce-supply/apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Activity Pack

The Apprenticeship Activity Pack is full of fun and engaging activities for students. This year the pack is an interactive word document so that it can be completed digitally or printed off. This has now been updated as an editable version so that you can adapt it as you need.
Get the Student Apprenticeship Activity Pack


Traineeships Student Activity Pack

The new Traineeship Student Activity Pack is designed to help students to explore traineeships as one of their options through 13 engaging activities. The Pack enables students to work through it on their own or as part of a group or class.
Traineeships Student Activity Pack

Year 11 Student Forum

Year 11 Student Forum

Dear Year 11 students.

We will be hosting our first Student Forum on Thursday 4th of Feb at 3.00pm. This is your opportunity for you to speak to your Head of Year and members of the Senior Leadership Team about any of the following issues:

  • Coping with stress
  • Managing workload
  • Concerns about college
  • Mock exam queries
  • General issues

The forum will be a mixture of Q&A and discussion and will be quite fluid in nature as this is the first time we have run it and we want to see how it goes.

If you are interested in joining, it would be beneficial for you to have your questions and concerns written down beforehand. If you feel that your concern is quite specific or sensitive, please let us know in advance of the meeting so that we can ensure we are fully prepared.

Throughout the forum, we will be making use of Spiral in order to give you the opportunity to submit your concerns privately to staff if you wish to. During a regular school day, you would have numerous opportunities to interact with staff and ask questions and this has not been possible over the last few weeks so this is an opportunity for you to air your concerns and receive support on any issue.

If you would like to be invited to the Year 11 Student Forum please can you email Mrs McCool at lmccool@tottington.shaw-education.org.uk by no later than Wednesday 3rd Feb at 12.00pm to secure your invite. We anticipate that the forum will run for no longer than 45 minutes but we can adjust this if necessary.

Thank you,
Mrs McCool

Policy for using Microsoft Teams for live lessons

Safeguarding Students

Code of Conduct for attending lessons via Microsoft Teams 

  1. Students must be punctual for live lessons
  2. Students must be in a quiet, distraction-free location throughout the lesson
  3. Students must not have their cameras on
  4. Students are not permitted to be on other social media whilst attending a live lesson
  5. Students must not record or take images of the live lesson
  6. Students must not unmute themselves or use the chat/messaging feature unless instructed to do so by the teacher
  7. Students must have excellent behaviour at all times, contribute to the lesson in a positive manner and not be disruptive at any time. The school behaviour policy will be enforced during live lessons.
  8. Students must show respect for everyone in the online classroom; anti-bullying policies apply during live lessons.
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