Virtual open day at Hopwood Hall College

Virtual open day at Hopwood Hall College

Don’t let social distancing hold you back!

Take your first step in reaching for a brighter future… Join Hopwood Hall College for their virtual open event and enjoy all the benefits of visiting the college in real life from the comfort of your own home. You’ll also get to explore the Middleton and Rochdale campuses with their virtual campus tours too!
Register now (follow the link below) and Hopwood Hall will send you all the details you will need to join them live on Thursday, 21st May, 3pm – 8pm.

Hegarty Maths YouTube Live Lessons

Hegarty Maths YouTube Live Lessons

Stay sharp for starting A-Level Maths

HegartyMaths is proud to offer any prospective A Level maths students, or even those with an interest in keeping their maths sharp, an opportunity to join Colin Hegarty for some Youtube Live maths sessions during the school closures. Read on for the important information:

  • This is a completely FREE and OPEN to ALL SCHOOLS, even those that are not HegartyMaths subscribers
  • Students can access the sessions by visiting
  • Sessions will be on WEEKDAYS AT 2PM from Wednesday 22nd April
  • Content covered will support students as they transition from GCSE to A-Level maths
  • Videos will be saved on the HegartyMaths Youtube channel so students can catch up if they miss any or can’t be there at the time
  • First lesson today – SIMPLIFYING SURDS

Wondering what the sessions might be like? No problem. Click here and you will get a downloadable sample of some of the material Colin will be covering.

Year 11 GCSE and College Update

Year 11 GCSE and College Update

To all Year 11 Learners and their Parents/Carers…

Well done to all those year 11 learners who are keeping up with their GCSE studies and preparation for their Post-16 pathways. Exam results will be released in August for pupils and at that time details of an appeal process will be published. Year 11 pupils will have the option to sit some of the GCSE exams in Autumn if they choose to do so.

How the GCSE grades will be awarded this summer has been released, and is explained in more detail on our Exams Information page. We have had correspondence from Mr Frost, the Principal of Holy Cross College, and I have included some of that text below. I have every confidence that his guidance reflects our guidance and the guidance of all other post 16 college providers:

What I would like schools to embrace, is the absolute importance – by way of preparation for A level study – of still getting students as close as possible to the level of mastery in their subjects they would normally have by May/June. That final exam preparation is often the time when they finally ‘get’ their subjects, and through revision come to a more complete understanding. ‘The best preparation for Year 12 is sound knowledge of year 11’. They need to have been brought as close as possible to the point they would otherwise have reached – especially those who will wish to resit their exams in the autumn.

Please share this information with your child. Please ensure they continue with their studies.

GCSE Results

Ofqual, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, has published their guidance to teachers, students, parents and carers, along with a letter to students who should have been sitting their examinations this summer. Links to these documents have been put onto the Exams Information page.

To help understand how the grades will be awarded Ofqual have produced a clip which is available below.

This comprehensive clip explains the process which the teachers will be undertaking once they return from the Easter break. There will be robust quality assurance processes put in place to ensure that the guidance is followed and that the correct grades are awarded. I must remind you that the grades submitted will not be shared with you, as per the process outlined by Ofqual.

College Updates

Bury College

Bury College are currently working on resources for new applicants to help you get ready for starting in September. This will be accessible via their website under the heading ‘Be College Ready’. They are hoping to launch this mid-May.

Be Prepared

  • Curriculum related content i.e. work books, reading lists, activities, equipment / uniform / kit information
  • What to bring on your first day
  • Lunch arrangements
  • Example timetable for A Level, Vocational, Apprenticeship
  • An English and maths section

Be Involved

  • Enrichment activities
  • Work Experience information
  • Benefits of Bury College for example the town centre location, free gym, discounted Starbucks products, on-site Bistro, Restaurant and salons

Be Here

  • How to find us
  • Address
  • Contact numbers
  • Campus Map / Campus facilities

Be on Board

Travel information including:

  • College Coach Service
  • Tram
  • Bus

Be Supported

  • Opportunity for applicants to ask questions
  • Mental health information
  • Contacts for additional services, for example ALS, SEN, etc.
  • Information on quiet rooms, etc.

Be Inspired
To include previous successful students as case studies

Bolton College

Please find the link to Bolton College’s magazine below. It is designed to keep you informed and more importantly entertained over the coming weeks.

Whilst the buildings are closed to visitors Bolton College will be carrying out interviews by phone during the day. They will be texting and emailing all young people who have already booked an evening date/time to update them on the revised arrangements.

On receipt of a new application Bolton College will text you to advise them of the new telephone interview arrangements.

It is vital that Bolton College have up to date mobile numbers and email addresses for all applicants. Changes can be made by emailing

Hopwood Hall

Please be assured that no applicants for the next academic year will be affected. The College will be engaging with prospective new students throughout this period to ensure they feel welcome and well informed about their College place for next year. Although face to face interviews are not going to be possible throughout this period, all applicants will be offered a place at the College.

Hopwood Hall continue to welcome online applications throughout this period and the Admissions Team will be working to process all new applications in a timely manner. In the meantime, prospective students that require careers advice should email

Holy Cross

Request from Holy Cross College: if you have yet to login into your application portal to accept your offer for September please do so asap. This would be greatly appreciated by the College. Many thanks.

Also on their website is the following statement for current applicants to Holy Cross.

For those students who have applied to come to Holy Cross in September 2020 and are currently holding offers, we want to reassure you that we will endeavour to be as understanding as possible with regard to the current uncertainty surrounding GCSEs. All students should feel reassured that as soon as Government decisions about GCSE qualifications are known, the College will work to make any adaptions necessary to the process or timing of allocating students to appropriate courses.

Salford/Pendleton College

Information can be accessed via On the webpage there are links to guidance for new applicants. The links to which are also given below;

Guidance for School Leaver (Year 11) Applicants 

Pre-Enrolment Learning for School Leaver (Year 11) Applicants

Connexions Young People’s Helpline

We understand that you will be uncertain about your exams and worried about your next step but Connexions is still here to help and support you, even though we are working in a different way.

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

The team of advisers can offer you information, advice and guidance, not just about careers, but any questions about other matters like finance, college applications or just to talk to someone about your situation and how to cope. If they can’t answer your question, they will put you in touch with the right people who can give you the support you need.

How to contact Connexions:

Young People’s Helpline:  0161 253 7733  

If the line is busy, please leave your name, telephone number and a message and someone will get back to you.

We hope that this has helped you to be kept informed at what is a most important time for you.
Many thanks for your continued support and please stay safe.

Yours sincerely,

Miss E Guirguis
Deputy Headteacher

Free online counselling now available for children and young people across Greater Manchester

Free online counselling now available for children and young people across Greater Manchester

All children and young people in Greater Manchester can now access free online counselling and emotional well-being support. The Kooth online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform is available to any young person who may be struggling with their mental health – and particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Kooth is for young people aged 11-18 and offers a variety of resources, including:

  • A live chat function that allows young people to contact a qualified counsellor
  • Chat forums with other young people
  • Crisis information
  • Self help resources

Kooth provides information and support along with treatment for children and young people with a range of mental health problems. Scheduled and drop in counselling sessions are available 365 days a year and include slots at evenings and weekends.

It has been available in Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Trafford Rochdale and Wigan for some time and has now been rolled out to cover Bury, Salford, Tameside and Stockport. This expansion has been brought forward in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The expansion of Kooth is part of a Greater Manchester wide programme of new digital services and online support launched on Monday 6 April. Mental health services are facing new challenges and coming under additional pressure due to the COVID-19 outbreak as they try to support those already accessing services and deal with new cases, whilst managing the impact on their staffing levels.  This new package of support aims to help people to stay well, reducing the need for them to attend GP practices or hospitals. It can be accessed by those with existing mental health issues as well as anyone who may be struggling due to social distancing and self-isolation restrictions.

Warren Heppolette, executive lead for strategy and system development, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought rapid changes to all of our lives and it will be a stressful and anxious time for many. For children and young people, social distancing measures could make it harder to reach out to friends and many may find it hard to open up to close family members. Kooth offers a wealth of information and resources and, most importantly, a way to share fears and anxieties with peers as well as providing access to counselling if needed – all without leaving the house.”

To find out more visit

To sign up to use Kooth, go to

New headteacher’s welcome

New headteacher’s welcome

Dear Parent/Carer

I am delighted to be starting today as Headteacher of Tottington High School.

I look forward to working with you and your children. Tottington is a very special place and it will be my privilege to lead the school and to support pupils in achieving great things.

I look forward to meeting you all in due course and I hope that you are all safe and well.

With best wishes,

Ella Brett

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