A brief introduction to Bolton-le-Sands CofE Primary School
Bolton-le-Sands School is an ‘Aided Church of England School’. This means that the majority of its governing body is elected by our Parochial Church Council or Blackburn Diocese, and that the Church provides a substantial amount of money for maintaining and running the school. Lancashire Children’s Services Directorate provides the majority of the finance needed for the day-to-day management.
The school can accommodate a maximum of 315 children, which means that each year we have an intake, in September, of a maximum of 45 children. Most of the children reside in the parish but there are a good number who come in from the surrounding area.
The school occupies a delightful site on Mount Pleasant Lane, having 10 classrooms, a large assembly hall, kitchens and other administrative and storage rooms. We are fortunate in possessing a large and beautifully situated playing field as well as three hard playgrounds – each equipped with a wide range of play resources.
In addition to the headteacher there are eight full time teachers and four part-time teachers. We also employ twelve teaching assistants in a range of roles across school. Four teachers from the County Music Service come in to teach some of our children to play brass, woodwind and stringed instruments. We also have secretarial staff, welfare staff, a site supervisor and part-time cleaners.
The management and organisation of the school is the responsibility of the Governing Body inconjunction with the headteacher. A full meeting of the governing body is held at least once every term as well as meetings of the various committees set up by the governors, which deal with specific responsibilities.
The governing body includes representatives electedby and on behalf of the parents of our children.
The headteacher and deputy head, aided by senior teachers in Key Stages 1 and 2, are responsible for the pastoral care of the children. This duty is initially delegated to the class teachers. The headteacher is the Senior Designated Person responsible for child protection and safeguarding.
The school is continually developing its facilities – current developments include:
- Developing the outdoor environment to promote learning
- Creating an innovative and creative approach to learning and teaching
- Further developing ICT provision within the wider curriculum
- Further developing our strengths in sport and music
- Continuing to lobby our elected representatives for safer access to school
We never stand still; there is always scope for development and improvement.