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John Cross C E V A Primary School
Garstang Road, Bilsborrow, PR3 0RE, UK Preston
+44 (0)1995 640505


John Cross School is situated on the A6 between Preston and Garstang in Lancashire. The school was founded in 1718 with money left in trust by John Cross who wished to provide a school for the poor of the parishes of Bilsborrow and Myerscough. We have 36 children on roll at present.


  • To help pupils to develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and the ability to apply themselves to tasks.
  • To help pupils to appreciate human achievements in Art, Music, Science, Technology, Literature etc.
  • To develop the pupils to their full potential.
  • To develop a sense of self-respect, the capacity to live as independent, self-motivated adults, and to function as a member of a group.
  • To acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and to the fast changing technological society, at home, at work and in leisure activities.
  • To help pupils to use language and number effectively.
  • To develop skills in Science and Technology through active learning.
  • To develop respect for religious and moral values and ways of life.
  • To help pupils to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence in individuals, groups and nations.
  • To develop positive relationships between home, school and the community.
  • To develop a broad, balanced curriculum for all the children as laid down by the programmes of study


The curriculum offered at John Cross School follows the elements of the National Curriculum laid down by the Education Reform Act of 1998. There are four core subjects and six foundation subjects.


Pre-school children are invited to attend each Wednesday afternoon from the January to July before the September they are due to start school. This induction process was commented on in our recent inspection. Inspectors said, “The excellent induction arrangements give children a very positive start to school life, enable them to settle quickly into full time schooling and have a positive impact on their personal and social development.


The school is a member of, and participates in Rallies and Sports Activities organised by the Garstang and District Schools Sports Association. These activities include football, skittleball, cricket, rounders, athletics and swimming. Coaching sessions and practice matches are held as weather and daylight permit. During the Autumn and Spring terms Football and Skittleball Clubs are held after school. In the summer, Cricket, Rounders and Athletics Clubs are held.

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