Barrowford St Thomas C.E. Primary School

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Wheatley Lane Road, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 6QT

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Barrowford St Thomas C.E. Primary School

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


Our Church School

Welcome to Barrowford St Thomas, a cherished member of the Church of England family within the Diocese of Blackburn. As a beacon of faith, learning, and community, the school is committed to providing a transformative and holistic educational experience.

The Church of England's involvement in education dates back to 1811 when Joshua Watson established it as a gift to the nation. This historical commitment to education has been upheld through the years, with notable figures like Bishop Herbert in the Diocese of Blackburn playing a crucial role in preserving church schools. Bishop Herbert's efforts were instrumental in safeguarding the educational institutions within the diocese. Moreover, the legal requirement for these schools to teach according to the tenets of the Christian faith and to provide Christian worship is often derived from Trust Deeds, where trustees, commonly comprising members of the Board of Education or local vicars and Churchwardens, oversee their governance and operations.

Being a part of the Church school family at Barrowford St Thomas means joining a community that cherishes each individual as a unique creation, fostering a sense of belonging rooted in Christian principles. Our school proudly embraces the rich heritage and traditions of the Church of England, creating an inclusive and nurturing environment where students, staff, and families thrive together.

What distinguishes a Church school is the unique ethos woven into every facet of our educational journey. Guided by a shared commitment to the values of love, compassion, and respect, we exemplify the teachings of Christ in our daily lives. At Barrowford St Thomas, we aspire to inspire children and young people, nurturing their spiritual, moral, and intellectual growth.

The Church of England school’s respects and acknowledge other faiths too, encouraging dialogue and we will discuss in assemblies other faith celebrations such as Eid and Hannukah, during designated times.


Central to our ethos is the practice of worship, a cornerstone of our daily routine. Our worship sessions reflect the Christian character of our school, drawing inspiration primarily from the Bible and teachings predominantly derive from the Christian tradition. Through worship, we aim to nurture a deep sense of spiritual connection and understanding among our students, guiding them on a journey of faith and reflection.

Religious Education

In line with our dedication to holistic education, RE plays a pivotal role in shaping our students' understanding of faith and spirituality. Our curriculum, Questful, is rooted in Christian values while also incorporating teachings from other world faiths. Through Questful, students engage in meaningful discussions and explorations of religious principles, fostering an appreciation for diversity and inclusivity. Our approach to RE reflects our belief in the importance of understanding and respecting different beliefs and cultures, cultivating open-mindedness and empathy among our students.


Leadership at Barrowford St Thomas is deeply intertwined with our Christian ethos. When we appoint the Headteacher we require a faith reference for the job, we prioritise individuals who embody the values and principles that underpin our school community. Our Governors, predominantly Foundation Governors, play a crucial role in upholding the Christian foundation of our school. These dedicated individuals champion our mission and vision, ensuring that the Christian ethos remains at the heart of all our endeavours. Their unwavering commitment to fostering a nurturing and inclusive environment ensures that our school continues to thrive as a beacon of faith, learning, and community. In Voluntary Aided schools the number of foundation governors on the governing board is majority of two and in Voluntary Controlled schools there must be clear foundation representation.

Meetings of governors will commit to prayer for the school community and business.

Aligned with the Church of England's vision for education, our schools seek to provide an outstanding educational experience that empowers students to flourish and make positive contributions to society. We believe in the transformative power of education that not only imparts knowledge but also instils character, resilience, and a sense of purpose.
The Diocese of Blackburn's vision, echoing the broader Church of England vision, places a special emphasis on inspiring children and young people. Our commitment is to provide an educational experience that transcends academic achievement to encompass spiritual and personal development.

Choosing Barrowford St Thomas means choosing an educational community where faith and learning coexist harmoniously. It means embracing a vision that prioritises the well-being of every individual and instils a lifelong love for learning and service to others.

We invite you to embark on this enriching journey with us, where education is a transformative force, and each student is recognized as a cherished member of our Church school family.

For further insights, explore the Church of England vision for education here and the Diocese of Blackburn vision here.

School Ethos

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

Our Vision

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

At Barrowford St Thomas every pupil will know that they are cherished and loved by God.

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

They will have a positive experience and understanding of Christianity, developing their own spirituality.

Through a rich and creative curriculum, our pupils will deepen their knowledge and develop 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.

John 15 vs 5

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

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