As part of the school’s careers provision students have access to a range of information and support so that they are prepared for when they finish school in year 11. As part of this provision, and in collaboration with Bury College the school has been able to organise a day in college for all year 10 students. The day has been organised to provide students with an opportunity to experience college life and study subjects and courses that they may pursue after leaving school.
Taster sessions for the range of subjects/courses (from A-levels to apprenticeships) available at Bury College have been provided to students and they have made their choices for the day. The sessions are taster sessions and we have encouraged students to make their selections with this in mind as the day is a valuable opportunity to investigate subjects/courses that they would like to know more about. Each student will be provided with an individual timetable based on their choices and they will follow this for the day. As well as the opportunity to sample the different subjects and courses the day has also been organised with the aim of providing students with an experience of wider college life.
Students will be required to make their own way to/from Bury College, navigate around the site during the day and study in the surroundings and facilities of a large campus. We hope that this challenge is one that students will embrace and to support them with this members of Tottington High School staff will be present in the taster sessions and around the campus during the day.
In terms of organisation on the day, students will be expected to arrive promptly for registration at the college. Registration will take place at 9:30am. Students will be required to organise their own transport/journey and they can bring a packed lunch or money to buy food from the college. Students will not be allowed off the college campus during break and lunchtime and students will be dismissed at 3:15pm. If there are any particular issues with transport, please contact me at school.
Any student that receives school meals will be provided with a packed lunch if required (please indicate this on the reply slip below).
Students will not be required to wear school uniform and should come dressed appropriately for the day. Standards of dress and professionalism will be emphasised to students before the visit. As with all of our non-uniform days, make-up and jewellery rules will be ‘relaxed’ but we insist on ‘sensible’ amounts of both. Tops must not reveal midriffs or shoulders and should not be ‘low-cut’. Any student who we feel is not following these guidelines will be removed from the day (parents/carers will be contacted). Under the circumstances we would appreciate your support in reinforcing this point to your child.
For some of the vocational courses specific clothing will be required. Particular requirements will be organised with individual students depending on the course/s they have chosen. Students will also be issued with a timetable that will provide details of the lessons and rooms that they will be in for the day.
It is hoped that the day will be a valuable and rewarding one for all year 10 students and that the experience of college and of subjects/courses that they are interested in will help support their post 16 choices and provide them with the motivation to fulfil their potential in year 11.
Students will be reminded of the importance of excellent behaviour and their responsibilities as representatives of the school. As with the appropriateness of clothing above, students that do not meet these high standards whilst at the college will be withdrawn from the day. Additional actions will be taken when back in school and there will be further implications for participation in future school visits and end of year activities.
Bury College Taster Day 2019
I would like to thank you in advance for your support with this college visit for your son/daughter. Please could you complete the slip below and return it via your son/daughter to the Main Office at school.
23rd & 24th March 2019
Well done to 34 of our Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh participants who practiced their navigation on Saturday or Sunday. They covered a total distance of just under 8 miles and learned compass techniques and map-reading in preparation for their planned expeditions.
All our students did extremely well.
Mr J Cudworth – Duke of Edinburgh coordinator.
Special thank you to all voluntary staff who helped out over the weekend – Martyn Wilson, Mr Healey, Mrs Thompson – Miss Chadderton – Mrs Hugo – Miss Harvey.
The girls beat Manchester 20-29 in their first game, with Katie Shimmons, Zoe Parker and Megan Stokes running the game and leading the scoring. Some tough defence and strong rebounds from Ruby, Beth, Chloe, Sam, Jess, Isobel and Georgia ensured the opponents score was kept to a minimum.
This lead the girls to the final against Stockport – where the winner would be named as regional champions. Trinity who were representing Stockport were a strong team with a bench full of scoring threats. Tottington struggled to stop them from scoring in the first quarter and they ran some good fast breaks resulting in Tottington being 15 points down at half time. The girls continued to play strong defence and with some great baskets from Zoe and Katie, the scoring gap closed. However, Trinity stepped it up a gear in the final quarter, and Tottington looked tired – and the game finished 42-23, with Tottington gaining the ‘Regional Runners Up’ title.
Massively proud of the girls for their fantastic performance.
Mrs Z Carter, PE Teacher
The U16 Girls Team were:
Jess Kelly (Y10)
Chloe Chapman (Y10)
Sam Woodman (Y10)
This year eighteen of our Year 10 students have taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme and challenged themselves, pushing the boundaries of sport, skill, voluntary work, countryside expeditions with camping and map navigation over a number of days to achieve the required standard to pass their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Next year, they will all take on further challenges towards the Silver Award.
Well done and congratulations to everyone involved!
Mr J Cudworth. (Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator)
Want to get involved with our Duke Of Edinburgh programme? Check out our Duke Of Edinburgh page or speak to Mr Cudworth for more information.
Well done to some of our school’s Year 10 students who last weekend raised a whopping £740 for the Duke Of Edinburgh award. The team, supervised by our DofE Co-ordinator Mr Cudworth, packed bags in the Morrisons store in Ramsbottom and delighted customers gave them their loose change and donations as a reward. The money raised will be spent on camping equipment for the forthcoming Duke Of Edinburgh Expeditions.
Want to get involved in the Duke Of Edinburgh programme? Check out the DofE page or speak to Mr Cudworth in school to get more information.
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)