Judged as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in November 2011.
“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.”
“I think that the teachers are amazing. You can see they love teaching and put their everything into each child. It really is wonderful to see.”
“A lovely, welcoming feeling about the school and my child really enjoys his time there.”
Parental Questionnaire comments, Autumn 2020
About our learning environment
Our school takes 60 children each September, in two singe-age Reception classes. Our intake increased due to our expansion which opened in September 2018. Lancashire local authority asked the school to expand due to the demand for places at our outstanding school. This has been an exciting chapter in the school's development and we are now able to welcome more families to the Balshaw Lane family.
Balshaw Lane is a community primary school, catering for up to 345 children between the ages of 4 and 11 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 garden area at the front of school, as well as a large multi-use games area which the children love. We are also fortunate to have a large field for outdoor games and competitions. Our pond area will shortly undergo development for science and nature activities.
In the new expansion, we have fantastic new facilities which include new classrooms and intervention rooms, an expanded hall, spacious corridors and new children's toilets. We have been delighted with the new space which has added so much to the school.
"It feels spacious but still feels cosy, like a family school." Parental comment.
"Expansion looks great." "It looks fantastic." Parental comments on Twitter.
“The family atmosphere is lovely and the importance the school places on respect for each other is lovely to see.”
Parental Questionnaire, Autumn 2020.
There are 5 classes (6 from September 2021) for KS2 (juniors) in the new expansion, with the intervention rooms close by for support group work. These classes are situated near the KS2 playground, multi-use games area and school garden.
There are 6 infants classes which are situated to the rear of the school and near the hall. As well as the classrooms, there are separate indoor and outdoor play areas to allow the children the opportunity to interact, communicate and experiment within a relaxed environment. The two 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 for Computing and each has an interactive whiteboard. We have laptop suites 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 fresh school meals are prepared daily, and a hall that is used for assemblies, physical activities, drama 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.
“Modern and welcoming – the school, staff and classes are interesting, innovative and welcoming.”
“A lovely environment for a child to learn and maintains high standards.”
Parental Questionnaire, Autumn 2020.
We are an accessible school with a ramp at the main entrance and all classrooms are on one level. Please see our SEND page if your child has needs which require special adjustments or come and chat to us.
We offer 'wrap-around' care on our school site:
Come and visit us - you will always be made welcome!
Ms Helen Gregson, Headteacher.
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