Events, News & Reviews


Forthcoming Events at Prestwich Arts College

This Term:

The Bury Times have an article about the new stained glass window the school has comminsioned as part of our 80th birthday celebrations. Here is an excerpt:

' As part of headteacher Chris Hornby’s plan to create an Arts Trail at the school, Recclesia produced several designs.

Mr Hornby said: “Ultimately, we agreed a stunning design which incorporates a tree, each branch of which represents our three houses in their respective colours. At its base is a book which depicts our focus on the importance of learning.

“I am immensely grateful to the team at Recclesia who have very generously donated this lovely artwork to the school.

“It is not only a tangible reminder of the enduring quality of this great school but now forms a part of our growing Arts Trail.” '

To read the full article plase click here


Summer Term 2016


Head Teacher's Summer Newsletter 2016


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Year 10 field trip to Castleton


Year 10 went to Castleton in the Peak District in April as part of their Geography coursework. They went up Mam Tor, walked to the collapsed road then went down Treak Cliff Cavern an old mining cave. Finally they finished up in Castleton village for an ice cream and a land use survey around the shops.

Head Teacher's Easter Newsletter 2016


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Head Teacher's Christmas Newsletter 2015


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Cinderella Christmas Production


This years Christmas School Procuction will be Cinderella, being performed on Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th of December in The Paragon.

New York Arts Trip 2015


An early morning meet at Manchester airport was the start of an exciting five days ‘on tour’ in New York. Twenty three students and three members of staff enjoyed delights such as a night time trip up the Rockefeller Centre, a boat ride to the Statue of Liberty, a picnic in Central Park, a tour of Radio City Music Hall, as well as Matilda on Broadway and, of course, the inevitable shopping on 5th Avenue. The trip was action packed and exhausting, but to quote the students…. ‘Awesome!’

In front of The Empire State Building. (Photo by Isobel Cunliffe)

In The Rockefeller Plaza. (Photo by Isobel Cunliffe)


Head Teacher's Summer Newsletter 2015



Summer Term:

Arts London Trip 2015


On 25th June 49 pupils from year 7 to year 11 headed down south to the busy city of London with 4 excited members of staff – Mrs Acton, Mr White, Ms Smith & Mrs Nuttall. After a good journey our first stop was at the BBC for a backstage tour. The afternoon was spent seeing a few sights and a trip round Covent Garden after a hearty meal at the famous Bubba Gump restaurant.

The highlight of the trip for many was our evening theatre visit to see The Lion King which was spectacular! Waking up in our hotel the following morning to see Zebra’s grazing, made us feel that we had been transported into the Lion King – or Africa at the very least. (Our hotel was in Chessington Zoo!)

On our final day we visited the famous Globe Theatre, had a trip on the London Eye and a tour round the scary London Dungeons. All the pupils (and the staff) were extremely well behaved and courteous and we all had a brilliant time.

Picture taken outside the BBC


GCSE Art and Design Celebration 2015


The GCSE Art and Design celebration will take place on Monday 22nd June in The Paragon, from 4pm until 6:30pm. The event will be an opportunity for the Art department to showcase the talents of the Year 11 students. The exhibition is free and refreshments wil be available.


Year 11 Leavers 2015


Head Teacher's letter on Year 11 students leaving and preparing for their GCSE exams, click here to read


Spring Term:

Head Teacher's Easter Newsletter 2015


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GCSE Dance students perform at The Lowry


On Tuesday 10th March, nine students from years 10 and 11 performed 'Uptown Funk' at The Lowry theatre as part of Salford Dance Explosion. The dance festival was organised by our very own Dance teacher, Mrs Acton. Now in its 7th Year, Salford Dance Explosion has expanded to a three day dance festival involving over 500 children from schools and community dance groups from across the region. The shows celebrate the talents and diversity of the young people in Salford. Our dance students performed fantastically on the night. We were also delighted that two year 11 students, Josh Nadler and Yousif Baluch were able to gain technical theatre experience when they took control of the tech box for Wednesday's performance.


Winter Term:

Thanks from the Major of Bury


Message from Cllr Michelle Wiseman, Mayor

I was very pleased to attend the Wizard of Oz Pantomime and Christmas Party and would like to thank you and all concerned, most sincerely, for the warm welcome I received and for the kind hospitality.

I very much enjoyed the occasion and the great performances given.  Well done to the students and staff for their hard work.

Thank you, once again, for inviting me to join you.  I was pleased to be able to do so and look forward to supporting future events.

Kind regards.

Councillor Michelle Wiseman

Wizard of Oz - Review from First show for Primary school


This year our school production is he Wizard of Oz. The show is taking place on Tuesday 16th/ Wednesday 17th/ Thursday 18th December 2014, being performed in The Paragon, our theatre.

Here is the review from St Hilda's CE Primary School:

Dear Staff and Cast of The Wizard of Oz,

On behalf of the children at St Hilda's CE Primary School we would like to say a huge thank you for a fantastic performance.

It was a wonderful morning and we were very well looked after by all the helpful staff and pupils within the school.

Not having taught in Bury for long it was great to see a high school that has such respectful and mature individuals doing something they enjoy (so close by). In addition it was nice to see the positive impact that the school has had on some of our past pupils.

The children of our school have been inspired to do better in our own plays.  We hope like the lion, who was brilliant, we can find the courage.

Although the cast were fantastic, all those who played the leading roles were amazing and kept us on the edge of our seats with some frightening and hilarious scenes. Let's not forget the dog who also tried stealing the show! 

To say it was the first performance we could not have asked for a better show. Truly Magical!

We look forward to being invited again to events at the school and improve our partnerships into the future.

Mr J Green
Year 6 Teacher
Computing coordinator 
Religious Education Coordinator  

Head Teacher's Christmas Newsletter 2014


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BIMA Digital Day


On Wednesday 8th October, 53 Year 10 Media students were involved in BIMA's Digital Day. For more information on the event please click on the following link:


Summer Term 2014:

Prestwich Arts College Students Taf and Jade win School Idol competition!


On Tuesday 15th July, rapper Taf Mujaya and singer Jade-Marie Sayer performed 'You've got the Love' at Lancaster Grand Theatre and were crowned school idol winners 2014. School Idol is an inter-school competition which has been running since 2009 for schools in the north of England. Heats took place in many school around the North of England which culminated in a final including 20 acts at Lancaster Grand Theatre. Six Industry Professionals judged the competition who gave the following feedback: 'that was the most professional performance all night', 'Taf, your rapping was crisp and I could hear every word' and 'Jade. you have a powerful voice'. Well done to Jade and Taf for a magnificent performance!

Head Teacher's Summer Newsletter 2014


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Prestwich Has Talent 2014


Prestwich Certainly Has Talent

There was a lot on offer at Prestwich Has Talent this year and it was a very difficult job for our judges, Miss Farnell, Miss Pridding and Mr Warburton, to try to find a winner from a very strong set of talented individuals.
The winners this year were Thomas Cottrell and Kane Lomas. They performed ‘All of Me’, with Kane playing the piano and Thomas singing. In second place were Taf Mujaya and Jade Sayer singing ‘You’ve got the Love’. In third place was Molly Patton performing ‘Part of Your World’.

If you missed out this year we hope to see you next year when Prestwich Arts College will once again show it has talent.


London Trip 2014


The Arts Faculty,  with forty-nine students, have just returned from our annual trip to London. Along with trips to the London Eye, Madame Tussauds and the Making of Harry Potter we managed to squeeze in a trip to the West End to see the smash hit musical Billy Elliott.  We are already looking forward to next year’s trip…


Prestwich Carnival Winners!


Prestwich Arts College won the best walking float at this year's carnival. Our theme was Mexico: Day of the Dead! The masks were created by Year 9 Art and Design students as part of their GCSE coursework.

Easter Newsletter


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Prestwich Full-Day Bread Making with Cracking Good Food


The school will be hosting Cracking Good Food’s full-day Bread Making course with their bread expert, Rob Tomlinson.

You can learn all about the 5 main ingredients of dough, about the qualities of different types of flour, the way gluten works, the difference between yeast fermentation and reproduction, the importance of autolysis, kneading, proving and shaping, and you will gain a technical appreciation of the baker’s ‘kit’ from mixers through tins and ovens to spatulas.

To read more about the course and book a place please click here.

Spring Review Concert


January Newsletter


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