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Community Links

At Elms Bank Specialist Arts College, we appreciate the importance of developing strong links with the local and wider community. The school provides growing opportunities for students to develop their confidence and self-esteem, improving life skills and help them to become active citizens. Building a strong sense of community is a priority at Elms Bank.


Each year, Elms Bank hosts a number of exciting events to encourage parents, friends and members of the local community to visit Elms Bank. These include a Christmas Fayre, Coffee Morning organised by students in Elms Bank College a number of concerts and special assemblies celebrating pupils' achievement.


Elms Bank supports local charities including the ‘Missionaries of Charity’ which supports the homeless and struggling families in Manchester. We annually celebrate Harvest as a whole school and make harvest hampers to distribute throughout the local community. In addition to this, we have organised whole school events including an Elms Bank’s Got Talent to support national charities such as ‘Red Nose Day’ and ‘Children In Need’.


Elms Bank has very strong links with local primary schools including St Bernadette’s and All Saints. The primary schools regularly attend performances and curriculum linked activities at Elms Bank. Students and staff from Elms Bank have led workshops at these primary schools. We have a very good transition programme for Year 6 pupils.


We regularly use the local facilities around the school to enhance the curriculum for our young people. These include the library, swimming pool, local parks and the use of local shops and businesses. The Fire Service and local Police also work with students in school. Residents from Regency Care Home joined Year 8 students in their V.E. Day celebrations in school. The School Choir regularly entertains the local community and have recently sung at Sunny Bank Community Centre and Bury Hospice.


We have a number of links with different local businesses throughout work experience programme for our Year 10 students. These vary from year to year and we are always looking for any suggestions or offers if you would like to contact school with these.


Mrs Loftus, School Manager is responsible for contact with the local press. This involves notifying the local paper of special events and activities taking place at Elms Bank celebrating the achievements of our students.


A newsletter is sent out each term to inform arents about the exciting things that have been happening in school including events, trips and curriculum summaries.  


Students from local secondary schools are invited to perform in our Summer Concert. Over the last three years, we have had performances from the following schools:

  • Tottington High School

  • Parrenthorn High School

  • Phillips High School

  • St Gabriel’s Roman Catholic High School

  • St Monica’s Roman Catholic High School

  • Bury Church of England High School

  • Castlebrook High School