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“We are incredibly impressed by all of the hard work the Reception team has put in to the fantastic learning opportunities.”

“Fantastic school, my son has settled in very well and enjoys going to school.”

Reception Parents' Questionnaire comments


Link to Lancashire County Council applications webpage below.


Our school is a friendly community school which welcomes all families.

Reception places at the school are allocated by Lancashire local authority, following their admissions policy and criteria. Please follow the link below to apply for a place.

If you require any assistance, or have any queries before application, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01257 278722.


Children can start school in the September after their fourth birthday. 


At Balshaw Lane, we take up to 60 new Reception children each September.

The children are placed into two straight-age classes with a maximum of 30 children in each.

Children are placed in classes by considering: SEND, language or medical needs; social needs, siblings, nurseries, age, development stage and gender.


The two Reception classes are taught by an experienced and enthusiastic Early Years team.

We have two classteachers and several teaching assistants.

The staff work closely together to ensure the very best start for your child. 


We are fortunate that our two Reception classrooms have their own outdoor play area with a canopy for inclement weather as well as access to the playground and a large field.

This means that we have plenty of space for outdoor learning all day, every day.


Catchment area

This can vary slightly each year as the deciding criteria may come down to distance from school.

However, since our expansion, this has rarely happened and all first preferences, and some second, have been able to join us.

Our current children are mainly from Euxton but we also have children from Gillibrand, Astley Village, Buckshaw Village, Chorley, Coppull and Leyland.


Visits to the school

We welcome visits to view the school in action during the school day (during non-covid times).

Open Days are held on certain dates: please phone the office to book on one of the visits (01257 278722).

Ms Gregson and Mr Woodrow will give groups of parents a tour and you will have the opportunity to ask questions, either general or about your child.



In the summer term before the new children start, we hold induction activities.

These usually include informal play sessions in the hall with parents, a taster meal, induction afternoons in the classrooms and a Welcome Meeting for parents.

We also visit local nurseries to speak to staff about the children's transition and for the children to meet our teachers.


At the start of the Reception year, we have a staggered start for the children.

This approach enables us to establish routines with the children and enable them to settle into the environment in smaller groups.

We find that the half days help the children to quickly gain confidence and make a flying start.


Early in the autumn term, we hold a Curriculum Meeting for parents when we explain about our provision for the Early Years areas of learning. 


We also hold Parents' Evenings in the autumn and spring terms where the children's progress is discussed.

A mid-year report and an annual report are issued to parents in March and July respectively.


“Great communication between parents and teachers, especially via school diary, Seesaw and newsletter.  Our child has settled in very well and enjoys school.”

“I thought school and the teaching staff handled the learning from home isolation period very well.  The use of Seesaw was well planned and the activities helped my child stay engaged with the curriculum.”

Reception Parents' Questionnaire comments