Judged as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in November 2011.
"Balshaw Lane school offers an excellent range of activities, both during school and after school. My child enjoys taking part in all aspects of school life."
Comment from the Parental Questionnaires, Autumn 2016.
About our learning environment
Balshaw Lane is a community primary school, catering for up to 280 children between the ages of four and eleven years. In accordance with the present Lancashire Education Authority Policy, children are normally admitted at the beginning of the school year (September 1st – August 31st) during which their fifth birthday falls.
Our catchment area mainly covers South and North Euxton but we also have children in school from Astley Village, Buckshaw Village, Chorley and Gillibrand. Please ask if you would like more information.
The school was opened in 1976 and is situated on a pleasant open site with playing fields and two playgrounds, near Yarrow Valley Park and Euxton Cricket Club. We have a large, timber gazebo and a canopy over our early years play area to enable the children to learn outside whenever possible. There is a lovely environmental garden area with vegetable beds and exploratory areas. We are also fortunate to have a large field for outdoor games and competitions.
Inside the building, the junior and infant areas are linked by our Rainbow Area which we use for teaching small groups of children. The junior area has 4 large, enclosed classrooms down the main corridor with another classroom situated by the main entrance.
The infants have a spacious team teaching area as well as separate indoor and outdoor play areas to allow them the opportunity to interact, communicate and experiment within a relaxed environment. The Early Years classrooms are set up with learning areas, similar to a nursery, which are all linked to the Early Years curriculum.
All our classrooms are well equipped with computers and an interactive whiteboard. We have two suites of laptops which are used for the teaching of computing skills and for cross-curricular work. We also have iPads, control devices for programming and data logging equipment.
We have a well-stocked, attractive library which is supported by Lancashire's library service. There is an administrative office area, a kitchen where school meals are prepared daily, and a hall that is used for assemblies, physical activities and dining.
The school is well appointed and decorated and well resourced. Importance is placed on maintaining a pleasant and stimulating environment. This is reflected in the quality of the children’s work attractively displayed throughout the school. Prospective parents often comment upon the welcoming, family feel of the school.
We are an accessible school with a ramp at the main entrance and all classrooms on one level. We have a few classrooms which are equipped for children with hearing impairments. Please see our SEN page if your child has needs which require special adjustments or come and chat to us.
The maximum number of children admitted per year may be up to 40 for each age group, so we have a mixture of single age classes and mixed-age classes. From September 2017, there will be an intake of 45. Children are allocated to classes by age not ability. We explain about the class structure when prospective parents visit us.
Our school is expanding to an intake of 60 (two form entry) from September 2018. This is an exciting chapter in Balshaw Lane's development and we look forward to new and improved facilities.
Each member of staff is responsible for a class and is also a specialist in one or more particular areas of the curriculum, advising or assisting colleagues when necessary, taking responsibility for monitoring continuity throughout the school, and ordering resources for their subject area.
All staff voluntarily undertake additional duties in their own time, such as coaching school teams, organising clubs and volunteering at competitions.
Come and visit us - you will always be made welcome!
Ms Helen Gregson, Headteacher.