Anchorsholme Primary School was opened in 1967 and is in a pleasant residential area to the north of Blackpool. The school caters for children between the ages of 4 and 11 years of age and there are currently approximately 600 pupils on roll. The teaching areas have been so arranged that the infant and junior departments are integrated yet are still able to maintain their own special identity within a modern primary school. Pupils describe our school as being like a “big family”. The children have many opportunities to mix together, both in the play areas and assemblies. We are rightly proud of the range of activities we offer the children at Anchorsholme both during the school day and after school in the form of extra-curricular clubs. In Foundation Stage the children follow a very “hands-on”, play-related curriculum which gives them the skills they need to access the curriculum higher up the school.
The standard admission number is currently 90 and the school's admission arrangements are as described by Blackpool Education Committee for all community Academies. Arrangements for admission to the school should be made either directly to the school or through the Blackpool Education Office, Bickerstaffe House, Talbot Road, Blackpool their phone number is 01253 476637.
In September, 2013 Anchorsholme converted to become an academy as part of the Blackpool Multi-Academy Trust along with Devonshire Academy, Park Community Academy and Revoe Learning Academy and benefitted from a unique relationship which was established between the four schools. The MAT was then expanded to include Tor View Academy and Valley College, both in Rossendale and in November 2019 became The Sea View Trust.
A major building program then took place in 2012 which improved the shared areas and school halls. 5 years later in 2017, extensive work began to expand the caretakers cottage on-site to incorporate two further classrooms and a fully packed kitchen area.
At our last Ofsted Inspection in November 2019 Ofsted inspectors deemed Anchorsholme to be a ‘Good School’ and some of the judgements made on our school were – ‘Pupils are happy and safe in Anchorsholme Academy', 'Teachers have high expectations', 'Pupils say that they enjoy the wide range of after-school clubs and activities’.
Anchorsholme Academy is an Associate School of the University of Cumbria in Lancaster, from where students join out family each year as part of their initial teacher training. Anchorsholme Academy is also a part of the ‘Schools Direct’ program which engages graduates in school based teacher training.
Through the University of Lancaster, Anchorsholme Academy has achieved Confucius Classroom status which allows us to link with Lancaster University and their teaching resources by placing up to 6 teachers and language assistants in the school for the teaching of Mandarin Chinese as our chosen foreign language. This allows us to provide this exciting opportunity to all classes across the school.
Anchorsholme has achieved Healthy Schools status through its commitment to meeting children's physical, social, emotional and academic needs, through reducing health inequalities, promoting social inclusion and raising pupil achievement through school improvement. Anchorsholme has a very real belief that every child does matter and there is a whole school ethos and commitment which permeates through all that we do.
Our Curriculum Intent
At Anchorsholme Academy our curriculum fosters a sense of belonging and the desire for our school family to be curious, confident, communicative and collaborative learners. Our intent is that children leave our school as resilient, motivated lifelong learners with high aspirations for their future.
Curious – having a thirst for knowledge.
Confident – being resilient and demonstrating a growth mind-set and self-belief.
Communicative – vocabulary and interaction is the key to learning and understanding.
Collaborative – ability to work together respectfully and effectively towards a common goal.
Facilities within the school are excellent with each of the 21 classrooms having its own interactive large touch screen TV, practical area, sink and storage space. Toilet and cloakroom facilities are provided for each class base.
The school is fortunate to have a wide range of facilities including; two assembly halls (one with extensive performing arts facilities and the other with facilities for dance and gymnastics), an ICT suite and extensive IT provision across the school, a Confucius classroom (through which we teach Mandarin Chinese to all of our children), a Music / Recording Studio, a green screen area for video produciton, a purpose built Library and many spaces that support and extend learning. The school has extensive grounds which include sports facilities, wildlife areas and planting and growing areas. One area of the grounds has been developed as an outside classroom and conservation area to support various curriculum projects. The children are also responsible for a large produce growing area. There are extensive hard and grass play and sports areas including two multi use games areas, a “mile a day track” and two football pitches. We even have a “tram” on site where children can relax. We are also very fortunate to have 3 school mini buses, which we use to support our school visits. All the facilities at Anchorsholme Academy are situated at ground floor level and the school has 3 easily accessible disabled toilets.
Anchorsholme Academy is located on Eastpines Drive in a quiet residential area of Thornton Cleveleys. We have a park and a library in close proximity to the school. We also have very good community links with our local church. Anchorsholme Primary School opened it's doors to it's first intake in 1967. Surrounding the main school building are gorgeous gardens which look fantastic during the hot summer days. The growth of the school started in 1999 with a purpose built early year's unit, housing three classrooms. Two years later in October 2001, a five-classroom KS2 extension was completed.
Everyone in the school is encouraged to develop to his or her full academic and creative potential and to think, question, discuss and evaluate.
We provide a safe, happy and caring environment where every child matters and has equal opportunity.
The school promotes personal and social development. Everyone is encouraged to join in a wide variety of experiences in addition to those associated with the classroom. The pursuit of ideals and qualities such as enthusiasm is encouraged.
Co-operation and care for others is fostered. Everyone is encouraged to explore his or her responsibilities at home, at school and in the local and global environment.
The school is staffed and resourced with this in mind and the curriculum is planned to offer the widest possible range of opportunities. Constructive parental involvement in the life of the school is encouraged and all parents are welcome to contact and to visit the school as they wish.
At the present time there are 21 full-time teachers (including Headteacher) and 10 part-time teachers on the staff of the school. In addition, 3fully qualified teaching assistant level 3, 1 learning mentor, a dedicated SEN support officer to assist our SENDCo, and 28 part-time teaching assistants are employed by the school. The Deputy Headteacher does not have responsibility for a class, but provides curriculum cover throughout the school.
The school is an Associate School of the University of Cumbria in Lancaster, from where students are assigned each year as part of their initial teacher training. Anchorsholme is also part of the School Direct training programme.
Anchorsholme Academy has achieved Confucius Classroom status via the University of Lancaster and this allows us to link with Lancaster University and their teaching resources by placing up to 6 teachers and language assistants in Anchorsholme Academy for the teaching of Mandarin Chinese as our chosen foreign language. This enables us to provide an exciting opportunity to all classes across the school.
As a school we are committed to providing the widest possible opportunities for our children. A wide range of extra-curricular activities are available to the pupils.
All of these clubs are provided by staff and other volunteers offering their time on a voluntary basis.
4 fully qualified peripatetic music teachers visit the school each week to teach brass, guitar and woodwind skills to small groups of children. A charge is made for these lessons. In addition all of our children in Year 3 have the opportunity to learn to play a Recorder. Mr Morley teaches the children drumming lessons.
We also have a number of outside organisations who offer lessons in Dance, Tae Kwondo and Karate for the children before and after school – these events are paid for and organised directly with the group involved and telephone numbers are available via the main office.
We also have a Zumba class for adults that uses our school hall on a Wednesday evening. We have a number or community organisations who use our facilities during the week, Brownies, Guides, Rainbows, Scouts, Cubs, and ATC.