Holcombe Brook Primary has forged many links both within Bury and nationally in our quest to further our research and practice in teaching and learning. Click on the links below to find out more about specific professional development groups and ‘sharing good practice/leading learning’groups.
Holcombe Brook is currently part of a cluster with three other Bury Primary Schools looking at assessment within the National Curriculum to ensure that these assessments are accurate and to create some exemplification documents in reading, writing and maths which will help teachers as they moderate work in their own schools. Holcombe Brook is also proud to work alongside 11 other Bury North Schools to develop good practice in our schools and support one another professionally.
We are very active within Bury Local Authority. Our Headteacher is the Local Authority Key Stage One Moderation Manager and a National Moderator for the Standards and Testing Agency whilst y4/5 teacher, Mrs Lynchey, is a Local Authority Advisory Teacher for ICT. Mrs Evans is also part of the LA team which set up the new NQT recruitment and interview process through the BPLC and Bury Teaching School. We are currently part of a research project with the University of Melbourne, Australia, looking at the quality and impact of teacher/pupil interactions within lessons.
We collaborate with the Helen O Grady drama school to offer all of our pupils access to drama classes within school. Principal, Karen Ryder, works in our school each week to focus on speaking and listening and drama objectives linked to our curriculum. Many of our pupils have enrolled in the drama school as a spin off from the lessons in our school.
In 2013 we began a successful link with the ‘Communitree Initiative’, a Forest School provider newly established in Bury. Each week two of our classes walk down to visit ‘The Island’ in Summerseat to access a quality outdoors curriculum linked to work being done in school in Literacy and Science in particular and also to further develop the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural experiences of our pupils.
In 2016 we hosted our first ever TeachMeet with 14 speakers and 150 attendees championing quality professional development amongst the teaching profession.
We have a long standing link with Bury Music Service. Our pupils are offered bespoke music tuition within school hours in a wide variety of instruments. In addition to this provision, our specialist music teacher, Mrs Katie Geelan, works within our school one day each week, teaching recorder to Year 3, working with our Gifted and Talented Choir and supporting the Music Curriculum generally in school. Several of our pupils attend the Bury Youth Choir and members of staff sing in Bury’s Community Choir.