Our Church School

Barrowford St Thomas is a Church of England school. The Church of England's vision for education is deeply Christian, with Jesus' promise of 'life in all its fullness' at its heart. SIAMS inspectors in June 2018 stated that the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Barrowford St Thomas as a Church of England school was outstanding.

Barrowford St Thomas is a Voluntary Aided CE school.  

The key characteristics of a Voluntary Aided school are:

  • The Church or Foundation governors are an absolute majority.
  • Governors appoint and employ all staff.
  • Governors are responsible for admissions arrangements, approved by the 'religious authority' as defined in the Admissions Code.
  • The LA and the DDE have similar rights to attend governors meetings and to advise
  • Governors determine the RE syllabus which should reflect the Anglican tradition and worship reflects the Anglican tradition. 

Our school and church is part of Blackburn Diocese.


School Ethos

Barrowford St Thomas' CE Primary school is a church school with a strong Christian ethos.

Our Vision

At Barrowford St Thomas our vision is that pupils will have a positive experience and understanding of Christianity, developing their own spirituality.

They will feel accepted, loved, valued, respected and secure.

Through a rich and creative curriculum, our pupils will flourish, deepening their knowledge and developing their skills and enthusiasm for life-long learning.

Psalm 92 vs 13-14

'They are like trees planted in the house of the Lord that flourish in the temple of our God, that still bear fruit in old age and are always green and strong.'

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be a school where all can flourish and grow in God's love.

With God’s Love we Grow

Christian Virtues 

Our adopted Christian virtues are rooted in scripture:

Colossians 3: 12 - 17

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Our adopted Christian virtues are:












Links with church

Barrowford St Thomas CE Primary School has very close links with St Thomas' church. The church is next door to the school so we are able to visit the church regularly and worship in the church building. We worship in church for special services, such as Education Sunday, Harvest and our annual Carol Service. The vicar of St Thomas', Revd Julie and curate, Revd David regularly come into school to lead worship. Revd Julie also leads worship for school in church and regularly comes into class to support our religious education. Revd Julie is also a governor and Chair of our Governor Ethos Committee.

GENUKI: St Thomas Church of England, Barrowford, Lancashire

Easter garden created by the children in our Gardening Club

Most recent SIAMS inspection