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“The quality of teaching is lovely with the emphasis not just on good results but on growing in confidence and developing into capable and happy children.”

“High expectations but with no pressure (each child learns at their own rate).”

“I love the fact effort and behaviour are considered as well as exam outcomes.”

Parents' Questionnaire comments


At Balshaw Lane, we have always aimed to offer a rich, vibrant curriculum in a happy environment.

Whilst we aim for high academic standards, test results are not our sole purpose.

We want our pupils to leave school feeling confident, with a strong desire for life-long learning.


Results 2020 and 2021

Due to the Covid-19 lockdowns, national tests (SATs) were cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

They are due to go ahead in 2022.



Only the Phonics Check still went ahead in Autumn 2020 for the children in Year 2. 

The pass rate was 88.3%, above the national average, as in the previous three years.


KS2 attainment and progress

Our latest published results are from 2019.


KS2 attainment in Reading, Writing and Maths Combined:

Our 3 year average is 9% above the national 3 year average.

KS2 Results over time 2017-2019

Results 2019

“Thank you so much for everything you have done for the girls on this incredible journey in school.  I am so grateful.”

“Considering the challenges you all face surrounding covid, I believe you are doing all that you can to maintain the high standards.”

“The school has returned to a highly successful new normal.”

Parents' Questionnaire comments