"Balshaw Lane Primary is an outstanding school that is highly valued by parents and carers. It offers a high standard of care, pupils' attainment is significantly above the national average and all elements of pupils' personal development are outstanding. "
Ofsted report, November 2011.
"Both my children have enjoyed life at Balshaw Lane - what a lovely, happy school it is. Learning is made fun and interesting so I thank you all so much for their happy school lives."
Parental comment from Year 6 parent, July 2016.
"My child has always enjoyed coming to school and is making excellent progress due to the outstanding teaching and support staff."
Parental Questionnaire, Autumn 2016.
Welcome to Balshaw Lane Primary!
I am delighted to welcome you to our school. If you are viewing our website for the first time, thank you for visiting us! We hope that this website gives you a flavour of what we're all about.
We are a warm and friendly school with a great family atmosphere. We constantly strive for high academic standards whilst also nurturing the children's creativity and skills for life. It is very important to us that our children have every opportunity to fulfil their potential and to become prepared for high school and adult life.
At Balshaw Lane, our ethos is very much based on traditional values so that we all respect each other and treat each other kindly. We explore values which are important to us and society, alongside our Learning Powers which help us to learn better.
We teach the children about how they fit into their local community and about being British citizens. British values are explored, with KS2 children enjoying debate about what these mean to us in everyday life.
Visitors constantly tell us how polite, thoughtful and well-behaved the children are, displaying respect for others wherever they go. The warm and friendly ethos of the school is evident in the relationships between the children and between the staff and the children. Because this ethos permeates throughout the school, bullying incidents are very rare and the children are happy coming to school.
Our curriculum is lively and engaging which means that our children love coming to school. They skip through the gate with a smile in the morning! The staff make lessons interesting so that the children learn as much as they can. Quite often our lessons may be practical or creative or outdoors - or all three!
We are a sporty school, having won the Sainsbury's Gold Award three times, the Lancashire Gold Award and several awards from Chorley Sports Partnership: 'Whole School Impact on PE' Award and highly commended certificates for 'School Participation' and 'Games Performance'. We also have several children who have been selected for the Partnership's Gifted, Talented and Able Academy. In the past two years, we have reached county finals for cricket for Y4/5 and Y6 and for tag rugby, won the Swimming Gala and the local football competition. Children from Balshaw Lane have danced in the opening ceremony of the Lancashire Games and one of our children designed the winning flag for the event. Many extra-curricular clubs are offered each term eg girls' football, yoga, body smart, tae kwondo, fencing, tennis.
Our music provision is very good as we have a music specialist who teaches across school. We have a choir and recorder groups. Our choir participate in the Young Voices concert each year at the Manchester Arena. Year 3 learn to play the ukulele during the school year. Individual music tuition is also offered in guitar, keyboard and brass.
Computing is becoming a specialism for us. The children are very competent in programming using algorithms. They design games, create iPad books and make stop/start animations. We have two suites of laptops, iPads and control devices such as Beebots.
We have a Modern Foreign Languages specialist teacher who teaches French across the juniors, alongside the classteachers. Our infants are introduced to languages through activities and events such as European Day of Languages.
This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing up to date information for parents, pupils and the wider community. Please have a look at our curriculum and class pages which show photos and videos of us in action! There is also my Head's Blog which describes events going on in school.
We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find the information you are looking for. If you would like to visit the school as a prospective parent, please phone 01257 278722.
Ms Helen Gregson
Comment from prospective parent:
"We were bowled over by how happy the children seemed and how courteous and dedicated the staff were with the pupils. I just wanted to let you know how impressed we were and how proud you and the team should be of the school, it was a joy to go around. "