Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Year 8 Parents’ Evening


Parents of Year 8 students are invited into school to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teachers on Thursday 22nd March between 4.30p.m. and 7.00 p.m. Head of Year, Mr Burgoyne will also be available all evening to discuss any concerns you may have. Mr Brown, ICT Manager will be available on the evening if you wish to discuss any issues regarding your child’s SMHW account, we will be placing some revision resources here in the future. There will also be a Connexions advisor present, should you wish to make a Connexions appointment please ask your child to see Mr Rashud, Assistant Headteacher, you may also be able to see the Connexions advisor on the evening without an appointment. Students are also welcome to attend if not accompanied by yourselves.
Year 8 Parents Eving March 18

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£1-a-job Weekend

£1-a-job Weekend


Year 7 students are invited to take part in a ‘Year 7 charity fundraising event’- the ‘£1 a job weekend’. We are asking students to offer to do small jobs for their close family and friends in exchange for a £1 donation over the Easter weekend 31st March/1st April 2018. These jobs may comprise of tasks such as washing the car, hoovering, dusting etc.

All monies raised by the year group will go towards the school’s three nominated charities: Unicef, Cancer Research and the We love Manchester fund. The letter below explains in more detail and there is a sponsor form too.

Year 7 – £1 a job letter

Year 7 – £1 a job Sponsor Form

by Mar 6, 2018 No Comments
Boost your skills and confidence to get ahead in life

Boost your skills and confidence to get ahead in life


This term, some of our children will be given the opportunity to sign up to National Citizen Service (NCS), a government-funded programme for 15-17 year olds. Working through physical, personal and creative challenges, this once-in-a-lifetime experience empowers young people to build skills and confidence to get ahead in work and life whilst engaging with their local area. Interested? Then read the letter below for more infomation…

NCS Challenge March 2018


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Revision and Exam Preparation Evening

Revision and Exam Preparation Evening


We are writing to inform you of an important event for parents/carers of Year 11 students on Thursday 15th March. The event is part of a revision support programme in school and is one of many strategies designed to support Year 11 pupils in preparing for their GCSE exams in 2018. This event has also been planned in response to pupil and parent feedback.


This evening is for parents/carers only and has been developed to provide you with information and strategies to effectively support your son/daughter in their final term of school. It is hoped that the evening will allow you to see how your son/daughter will be both supported and challenged in the build up to important end of GCSE examinations.  The evening will also equip you with techniques and approaches to manage any stresses during this period so that your son/daughter is prepared for success.


The evening will cover the following topics:

  • How pupils should prepare for exams
  • Difficulties faced by students when revising
  • How parents can support their children with exam preparation
  • The timings and milestones for the remainder of Year 11
  • How brains learn and how memory works
  • Why adopting a positive mindset matters, and how to do it
  • Top tips for individual subjects

Revision resources will be provided for all attendees and there will also an opportunity to purchase or order subject specific revision guides.


Year 11 Parents Revision Evening

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Operation SCEPTRE – Help Us To Stop Knife Crime

Operation SCEPTRE – Help Us To Stop Knife Crime


Dear Parent/Guardian/Carer,

Operation SCEPTRE – Help Us to Stop Knife Crime and Keep Young People Safe

Bury’s Community Safety Partnership is working with partners across the borough as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives.

As part of Operation SCEPTRE we are writing to all parents, guardians and carers to ask for your help in keeping our young people safe.

We know that some young people are carrying knives in order to protect themselves, however the reality is that carrying a knife actually increases the chance that you will be seriously injured or killed. It is most often the case that the knife being carried for protection ends up being used against the person carrying it.

We are aware that young people are not necessarily carrying specialist knives, but rather knives which are easily accessible within the kitchen at home.

It is important to understand that even when a person carries a knife for protection, simply having the knife in their possession is a criminal offence, and that on conviction, the offence carries a sentence of up to four years.

We know that most young people do not carry knives and would never consider doing so, however we would ask all parents to talk to their children about the dangers of carrying knives and to be vigilant of knives disappearing from within the home environment.

If you or your child has any information about knife crime, this can be reported to Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Young people can also report information anonymously and find information, help, advice or support at

Help us to reduce knife crime and to keep our young people safe.

Tom Hoghton
Community Safety Manager


by Feb 24, 2018 No Comments
UPDATE: Year 7 PGL Activity Trip

UPDATE: Year 7 PGL Activity Trip


Parents of year 8 PGL students – the next installment for the PGL trip should have been paid by 29th January.  Can you please ensure that, if you have not already done so, you make the payment as soon as possible.

The dates for paying installments are as follows:

  • £50 by Monday 29th January 2018
  • £50 by Thursday 29th March 2018
  • £50 by Monday 14th May 2018


Below is the original letter sent to Year 8 parents last October:

Dear Parent/Guardian,


I am pleased to be able to offer your child the opportunity to take part in a school trip to Winmarleigh Hall PGL, In Preston, Lancashire from Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th July 2018. The trip will be led by Mr Ishtiaq (Head of Year 7) and Miss Parnell (Head of Year 8) organised through PGL Travel Ltd.


What’s it all about?
The trip features an action-packed itinerary of adventure activities but it’s not only about having fun. While they are enjoying themselves, students will be learning new skills, rising to new challenges and developing their confidence. The trip will be a great reward for a successful transition to Tottington High and enable the students to develop new skills as they get ready for Year 8. We have chosen to book with PGL because not only do they offer excellent value but they also have a reassuring 50 years of experience organising trips for schools. Their extremely high standards mean that students will be in safe hands at all times. Visit PGL‘s website to find out more about the company and the location we will be visiting.


What does it cost?
The cost per person is £185 which can be paid in instalments prior to the trip.
The cost includes:

  • Return coach travel from school
  • A full daily programme of adventure activities
  • Fun evening entertainment
  • All meals and accommodation
  • Full comprehensive travel insurance (details available on request or enclosed)

There are no extras, however if you wish, you can provide a small amount of pocket money for your child to spend in the gift shop.


What do I need to do next?
If you would like your child to go on the trip, please place your completed reply slip into an envelope, labelled Year 7 PGL ACTIVITY TRIP, also enclose your monies/cheque for the deposit of £35 by Friday 3rd November. Please note our easier and preferred payment option is to pay on line (details on the reply slip). Further payments will be required as set out below. Please note that once deposits have been paid to PGL they are not refundable and terms and conditions will apply.

  • £50 by Monday 29th January 2018
  • £50 by Thursday 29th March 2018
  • £50 by Monday 14th May 2018


If you have any particular questions or concerns regarding your child’s participation in the trip please don’t hesitate to contact me. Once places have been booked more information will follow including a parents evening about the trip in school.


Yours sincerely

Mr A Ishtiaq (Head of Year 7)
Miss D Parnell (Head of Year 8)

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