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Hello and welcome to Bickerstaffe CE School. My name is Maggie Teachen and as Headteacher, it gives me enormous pleasure to introduce you to our school, which has been established in our community since 1844. Apologies for the length of this 'welcome', as there is so much to say. I know that everyone is busy, but keep reading because it's worth it!
We are a small 175 year old Church school, nestled in the heart of Bickerstaffe. Our vision is based on the bible story The Vine and the Branches, where, with the help of the Trinity, children are able to live life in all its fullness by loving life, loving learning and loving each other.
At present, our family consists of 88 pupils organised within four well-appointed classrooms. We have excellent links with Trinity Church, Bickerstaffe and the local community. We are blessed to have a close relationship with Rev Andrew, who is skilled in delivering God's message in a fun and interactive way. In school, we host monthly Communion Services for the parents/local community/parish, which are led by the children. This provides a special opportunity for a moment of reflection.
Our children are our inspiration and are at the centre of everything that we do. They are well-behaved, polite and respectful and are an absolute pleasure to teach. Our small size enables us to ensure that learning is personalised and tailored to meet children’s individual needs. We provide a vibrant and exciting curriculum to ignite our pupils’ passion to learn.
Staff and Governors are one of our greatest assets: they are professional, dedicated and hardworking, always going that extra mile for our children. This has been recognised by our latest 2018 Ofsted Inspection which was ‘Good’ and our SIAMs Inspection which was rated as ‘Outstanding’, in 2014. As a team, we ensure Bickerstaffe CE School is everything a primary should be: fun; exciting; nurturing and aspirational. We don’t know what career paths our children will choose in the future, but our solid Christian foundations equip them with the knowledge and skills needed, not only to make them happy and successful, but to go beyond that and exceed their expectations, living life in all its fullness.
At lunchtime and after school we offer a wide range of clubs for everybody, so that our pupils can keep fit, develop team work or to simply have fun! This includes activities such as singing in our choir or learning to play instruments. There’s also Craft, Games, Knitting, Science, Sewing, Dance, Yoga and a range of sports activities on offer.
Pupils and staff have committed to the Daily Mile challenge by either running or walking each day on our purpose-built track, whatever the weather! We are immensely proud to add that we have a twice weekly, before-school Running Club, which is well-attended by pupils, parents and staff. To further improve well-being we have introduced daily meditation which has had a great effect on our children, in such a short space of time.
We start our day with a short meditation. We trialled this and the effects were hugely beneficial, so much so, that the children requested that this be incorporated into their daily routine.
Pupils benefit from the use of an ICT suite, newly developed EYFS outdoor area, Forest School area and extensive, well-equipped playgrounds which boast a dedicated football/basketball area, tennis and games area, running track and Peace Garden.
Did I mention the chickens? We have fabulous chickens who are very much part of our family. They are situated beside our running track and are well looked after by the children from our Eco Council. Their eggs are collected and sold at tuck shop on a Friday. I'd best not forget to tell you about Bob, our school dog. He is a handsome cockerpoo who enjoys being with the children. Bob especially loves hearing them read stories to him!
If you are looking for a place for your child, don't just take my word for it, make an appointment and come and see all these wonderful things for yourself. You won’t be disappointed 😊 Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you soon.