Bury Grammar Schools

Creative and Performing Arts Faculty

We are a forward thinking and expressive faculty that nurtures creativity in all of our pupils.  
The Faculty team consists of professional and experienced teachers, who are committed to enabling our pupils to benefit from the very best standards of teaching and are proud of our departmental culture of collaboration. The departments in the faculty are Art and Design, Drama, Music, Design and Technology and Food. We provide a wide range of opportunities within the faculty to encourage our students to maximise their potential and thus promoting a sense of challenge, curiosity and risk taking in an inspirational and supportive environment. The Faculty has a strong enrichment programme and contributes an enormous and valuable amount to the wider life of the school with pupils across the schools spending much of their extra-curricular time within these departments.


Head of Faculty

Mrs Kershaw has been teaching Art and Design since 2006. She studied an Art Foundation at Camberwell College of Arts and then went on to Central School of Speech and Drama to complete a BA (Hons) in Theatre Design.
Having worked in the Design Industry prior to teaching she trained as a Teacher of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005 and joined Bury Grammar School 2010 from Woodhey High School.
Since working at Bury Grammar School, Mrs Kershaw has been the Coordinator of PSHE, Head of General Studies, Head of Year and now the Head of Art (Senior Girls) and Head of the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty.

Staff List

Mrs K Kershaw - Head of Creative and Performing Arts, Head of Art and Design


Miss K Gore - Director of Arts and Culture Projects

Mrs B Moore - Part Time Teacher of Art

Miss R Charlesworth - Head of Drama

Mrs H Hammond - Head of Sixth Form, Drama Teacher

Miss R Britton - Director of Music, Senior Girls

Miss J Downing - Director of Music, Senior Boys

Mrs F Dickson - Music Teacher

Mrs S Norman - Music Teacher

Mrs V Davitt - Subject Leader Food

Mrs M Boulton - Design & Technology Teacher

Miss C Herbert - Art and Design & Technology Technician

Miss G Kerfoot - Art Technician

Mrs T Willis - Food Technician



  • Liverpool: Liverpool Tate, Walker Gallery 
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park 
  • London: London Tate, Saatchi Gallery 
  • Manchester: Manchester Art Degree Shows, Manchester Metropolitan University 
  • National Theatre Connections  
  • Theatre Trips to see productions at The Lowry and Octagon Theatre.  
  • Italy 450 trip 
  • GCSE and A Level Concert at Bridgewater Hall 
  • Lad’s Vocal workshop with the Halle Professionals 

Clubs and competitions

  • Christmas Card Competition 
  • Photography competition – external, based on Emmeline Pankhurst 
  • Internal competition to design Friendship sign for Junior and infants
  • Art
  • Art gives you wings 
  • Monster Club 
  • Whole school Art projects: Thanks for the laughs, Remembrance Poppies.  
  • GCSE Art Club 
  • Sewing Club  
  • National Theatre Connections
  • School Production
  • Drama Club Years 7-8 
  • House Music Competition 
  • Rotary Club, Young Musician of the Year 
  • Ramsbottom Music Festival 
  • AJIS Association of Junior Independent Schools Choir Competition.
  • School Production
All pupils are asked to have a go, no matter what their ability and those with talent are encouraged by the whole school community to flourish and achieve great things. 
All orchestral instruments, Voice and Piano are taught by a team of highly qualified and experienced music staff. Many pupils also take advantage of the excellent musical opportunities offered by the local music service. 
Pupils are able to play in the Symphony Orchestra, Girls' choir - Festival Choir, Boys choir - Lad's Vocal, Concert Band, Clarinet Choir, Junior Choir, Concerto Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir, Percussion Ensemble - BGSBeatz, Choral Society, String Quartets and a wide selection of Chamber Groups. 
The School Choral Society gives an annual concert in the Parish Church of a great choral work. Recent performances include Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Faure Requiem, Haydn Creation, Handel Messiah, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Handel Coronation Anthems. 
The Festival Choir sings liturgical music for all School Services and performs at several concerts a year. This is an auditioned choir of about 60 singers who perform more advanced music. The Choir have undertaken foreign tours, more recently to Rome, Paris and Salzburg. 
The Symphony Orchestra performs some of the great orchestral repertoire. Recent performances include Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet, Dvorak Symphony No 9 and Schubert Unfinished Symphony. 
There is a regular programme of concerts giving everyone the chance to perform. This ensures that pupils learn the discipline of regular practice, independent organisation and how to work in concert with others. Regular visits are made to Manchester to hear live music.