Welcome from the Headteacher
Many of you will be visiting our school community for the first time and I hope that our new website will provide you with all the information you need. We are situated on the north side of Bury, Lancashire and serve the Roman Catholic parishes local to Tottington, Ramsbottom and Bury.
We were designated as an outstanding school by Ofsted and the Diocese of Salford in Autumn 2011 and our young people, parents and staff are justifiably proud of what we achieve every day. St Gabriel’s is a thriving community where learning is central to everything we do, with ‘Christ at the Centre’. We have wonderful teachers and adults to support our young people as they grow in knowledge and in their faith.
Parts of our school may not look 21st century, but what happens within the classroom and learning spaces is. We aim to learn, love and believe in ourselves, our faith and in each other.
Thank you for taking the time to find out more about St Gabriel’s.
Simon A Smith (Headteacher)
St Gabriel’s opened in 1954 to serve the Catholic community of Bury. The original school was designed and built for around 500 pupils – less than half of the total number of children on roll today. The school is situated in North Bury and services the parishes of Guardian Angels, St Hilda’s, St Marie’s, St Joseph’s and St Bede’s, and St Joseph’s Ramsbottom. The school has modern facilities, including a sports hall, gymnasium, hall, dining room, suite of science labs, technology suite, drama/performance arts complex as well as suites of classrooms which are, on the whole, grouped together by subject. We are completing a programme of refurbishment for some additional classrooms after re- roofing and reglazing the whole site to minimise our carbon foot-print. All but three classrooms have now been upgraded. In 2014/2015 we have refurbished the boys and girls toilet areas and refreshed the library/LRC.
This is a successful school. In 2004, the school was designated as a Specialist Science College from which much of today’s innovation stems. Our curriculum links, in relation to outdoor learning and science, through the HENE centre, have been celebrated at a local and regional level. Our examination results continue to improve year on year. In October 2011, the school was inspected by Ofsted and the Diocese of Salford. Both graded the school as ‘outstanding’: testimony to the hard work, love and commitment given to St Gabriel’s by pupils, parents, staff and governors over the years.