Bronze and Silver D of E Training Weekend

Bronze and Silver D of E Training Weekend

Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh candidates had a weekend of intense training ready for their training expeditions at the Yorkshire Dales.

On Saturday morning our year 10 Bronze Award trainees set off from Tottington High School in the morning split into two groups, one group headed towards Holcombe Hill along with Miss Harvey and Miss Duke and the other group in the direction of Affetside with Mr Cudworth, the 11 kilometre route crossed over halfway and the groups enjoyed dinner together, with the weather on our side we continued back towards school throughout the afternoon arriving back shortly after 2.30pm.

Compass navigation, map reading, measuring distance were amongst topics covered on the day and everyone enjoyed themselves taking away many new skills in preparation for their next challenge, two days with overnight camping. Well done to everyone involved.

On Sunday morning our year 11 Silver candidates arrived early at school and we set off to climb Pendle Hill at a height of 557m, all our students had to carry rucksacks with appropriate weight to replicate expectations on expeditions that are planned shorty over three days with overnight camping.

We arrived at Barley in Pendle early morning and split into two groups, both groups set off to navigate approximately 10 kilometres to climb the mighty Pendle Hill and along the way practiced many skills that they had mastered last year throughout their Bronze Award along with leaders Mr J Cudworth and Mr M Wilson.

Everyone managed to summit the hill and enjoyed lunch in perfect weather conditions for the time of year, perfect visibility allowed our students to look over towards Holcombe Hill and the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in the distance.

After dinner everyone descended back towards Barley and some of us enjoyed ice cream before heading back to school after a challenging day.

Well done to everyone involved and thank you to all staff who volunteer and give up their weekends, Duke of Edinburgh would not run without your kindness.

Mr J Cudworth (Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator)

890 Bus Service Temporary Diversion

890 Bus Service Temporary Diversion

If you use the 890 bus service, you need to read the following information:

From Monday 16th April 2018 for approximately 3 weeks, Watling Street in Affetside will be closed for highway repairs:


As a result, the 890 (Harwood – Woodhey HS/Tottington HS/St Gabriels HS) will not be able to serve Lea Gate (AM only), Tottington Road and Watling Street through Affetside and will be on diversion via Bradshaw Road (A676) between Bradshaw Brow/Lea Gate and Ramsbottom Road.


AM route:
PM route:


If you use the 890 service, and if you are affected by the temporary diversion, please make alternative arrangements if necessary.

Manchester Bee now on display in school

Manchester Bee now on display in school

A small group of friends have designed and created an amazing Manchester Bee picture made almost entirely from tissue paper. The Bee is now on display on the library corridor in school and is the result of 7 weeks of hard work carried out by Year 9 students Rebekkah, Emma and Jack during lunchtimes in our L9/10 lunchtime club. We all think it is a fantastic effort and we hope you do too!

Picture with their Manchester Bee tissue paper creation, Jack, Emma and Rebekkah

GCSE Workshop Sessions

GCSE Workshop Sessions

From Tuesday 20th March all the way through to the exams, our teachers will be holding GCSE Revision Workshop sessions to help Year 11 students prepare for their exams this summer. Year 11 students are encouraged to attend the workshops regularly which have been developed to support exam revision and will revisit topics students have been learning throughout their studies. Below is a full timetable of the workshops.

Students will be provided with a hard copy of the timetable, but it available here to print out or download onto mobile devices.

At the discretion of the teaching staff, some sessions may be held at lunchtime, and this will be communicated to students where applicable.


Volunteer Owen Meets Mayor at Tottington Centre Grand Opening

Volunteer Owen Meets Mayor at Tottington Centre Grand Opening

Tottington High School Year 9 student, Owen Sheen was commended today by Councillor Yvonne Wright for his help in converting Tottington Library into newly refurbished community-run Tottington Centre, which officially opened its doors to the public yesterday in an Grand Opening ceremony.

The former Town Hall building on Market Street in the village was last occupied by Tottington Library which closed last year due to funding cuts by Bury Council. Not to let a good building go to waste, a group of volunteers, The Friends of Tottington Library, rallied round and decided to restore the building, create some spaces for community groups and rent out office space and conference rooms in order to raise enough money to keep the building open and provide a number of much-needed services to the people of Tottington.

Owen visited the Friends of Tottington Library one day and offered his services as a volunteer. During the weeks and month leading up to yesterday’s relaunch, Owen has removed furniture in some rooms to make way for various classes and groups to occupy the newly-created space, he has undertaken litter-picking on the car park and the surrounding grassed areas, he has helped move lots of items from one room to another, and using his own initiative, he has mopped floors, cleaned the stairs and wiped down paintwork. Working alone or with friends, Owen has offered to do the gardens and clear leaves this weekend.

Cllr Wright, one of the organisers and events co-ordinator at Tottington Centre said “Owen is very well-mannered, courteous and respectful to all the people he has come across – mostly his grandparents age! He is very unassuming, which is a very good quality in life, and I am proud to say he is one of our most valued volunteers,” and added “what a good job his parents and Totty High have done!”

Owen was invited, along with all the other volunteers and local business owners, to attend the Grand Opening of The Tottington Centre yesterday afternoon, and he met the Mayor of Bury who was happy to pose for a photo or two with Owen at the entrance to the Centre.

Owen Sheen pictured at the entrance to Tottington Centre with the Mayor of Bury

To find out what’s on at The Tottington Centre, you can visit their website and check out the various groups and classes that are held during the week. There’s something for everybody, so call in sometime and give the volunteers your support. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer yourself, you can contact the Centre through their website and fill-in the enquiry form.

Click here to visit The Tottington Centre website

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