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3rd April 20
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PGL Winmarleigh Hall Residential Trip, March 2020


A fantastic time was had by all on Y4-6's annual residential trip to PGL Winmarleigh Hall.  As usual, the weather was kind to us, allowing at least some of us to jump into the lake - a John Cross tradition!  The children were all very well-behaved (maybe a little excited on the first night .....) and the food was, as always, great.  Personal bests were shattered, and some children proved to be fearless.

The photos below tell the story!

Thank you to all of the teachers for their attendance and especially Miss Corkish who stood in for Mr Reynolds over two days, freeing him up to return to school for admin.  (She had a lovely time, by the way!)

We will all keep these happy memories in our hearts during the current difficult time.

World Book Day 5th March

Join in the World Book Day fun! Click letter below to see some of the activities we will be doing on the day.

See our latest Newsletter page here.



John Cross school appeared in the Lancashire Evening Post regarding the new fencing we are planning to have put in place to keep our children safe.  It is an amooooozing feature, mentioning the cows that escaped onto our school field before the summer break, before having to be moooooooved back to their own field.

Click on the link to read the full story:

Welcome back!  We hope you had a fantastic summer holiday break, and are looking forward to a new school year and lots of exciting activities!


Sixteen of the junior children enjoyed a really successful residential visit to Winmarleigh Hall last week, taking part in a variety of outdoor adventurous activities.  It was great to see the children take on new challenges and really enjoy themselves!  Well done and you should be very proud of yourselves.

There will be more photos in the gallery section by the end of the week. 





Well done to all of the children (and staff) who came to school in their pyjamas and dressing gowns, along with their favourite stories, to celebrate World Book Day!  There were also some amazing 'scenes in a jar' with children showing just how creative they can be by re-creating their favourite story scene inside a glass jar.  It was a fantastic day and showed just how good it is to have a love of reading.



The Remembrance service held at the Bilsborrow memorial on Saturday 10th November was very well attended. Thank you to the seven children from our school who laid a cross each to represent a fallen serviceman from our local community.  Thank you to the other Barton school children who did the same. It was a very poignant day and one I'm sure the children will remember. 





Thank you to all of the children and staff who joined in with the Harvest festival service at St. Hilda's on Sunday, it was a fantastic morning with the children showcasing their artwork, singing and video making skills!  The infants raised over £70 for the Bishop's harvest appeal with their fruit and crumble sale - well done infants!







On Friday the 6th July, we celebrated the 300th anniversary of John Cross CE coming into existence.  The day was fantastic, with all of the children and staff dressing up especially and looking the part!  Over the course of the day, the children took part in traditional activities, as well as games. The afternoon saw lots of visitors, and it was great to see people pouring over the photographs and documents from the past.

Ben Wallace MP came to visit, as well as the mayor of Garstang, and it was great to hear the speech about our school and the local community from Ben, before unveiling our new mosaic that the children created with local artist Chrissy Webster. This turned out really well and should be on the front of the school building for many years to come.  The celebrations continued after school with a BBQ, drinks and more games on the field.  The weather couldn’t have been better!  Thank you to everyone who helped prepare for the event, along with food, drinks etc. on the day.  

A special thank you to the school governors and their partners who helped with the bunting and marquee, along with manning the BBQ and stalls.  Also thank you to David Tilsley from Lancashire Archives for bringing along some super items and spending the afternoon answering questions.   Another special thank you to Karen Hughes from Harry’s Cakes in Garstang for making an amazing 300th anniversary cake, and thank you to Maurice Barker for some super photos, which will be on the school website next week.

Here’s to the next 300 years of John Cross CE Primary School, and the wonderful children and community it serves.

Radio Lancashire also paid us a visit, click the link below to hear all about it:




Radio Lancs Feature : Wav file (40572.1k)


Thank you to the Y5 and 6 children who helped with planting this morning.  They were invited to help by Myerscough college and joined a group of their students as they spruced up the feature boat which is on display as you enter Bilsborrow.  They all did a great job!




The year 2 children completed their SATs assessments this week, with Mrs Brown feeling extremely proud of them,their attitudes and hard work.  This replicates the feelings of the junior staff towards the year 6 children who completed their SATs last week - we were all impressed by their mature response and hard work throughout - excellent effort everyone!



Well done to the juniors who took part in the annual Garstang Swimming Gala this afternoon - it was a close competition but John Cross won in the end by 1 point!  It was a great team effort and the children were thrilled to receive the trophy!



Both the junior and infant classes enjoyed visits out of school this week, with the juniors visiting the Jorvik centre in York as part of their Anglo Saxon topic, and the infants paying a visit to the Lowry centre in Manchester.  All of the children thoroughly enjoyed their day - look at the pictures in the gallery section to see more of what they got up to!



In January our school was inspected by Ofsted, and today we are happy to be able to send the final report home to parents.  We have been rated as a GOOD school, with lots of strengths! Well done to all of the children who showed how super they are on the day, and a thank you to everyone involved in making John Cross a fantastic school to be a part of.

The report can be found on the Ofsted page.



Welcome back and Happy New Year!  We hope everyone had a super break, with quality family time and chance to wind down.  It is great to see the children again, and they have excitedly been telling staff all about their Christmas holidays.  We look forward to the start of another busy and exciting year and watching the children at John Cross flourish. 



The children had an exciting day yesterday when the BBC's Children in Need Rickshaw challenge made a stop off at school!  The children got to meet Pudsey Bear as well as The One Show's presenter Matt Baker as they cycled to Morecambe on their way from London to Glasgow.  Not only that, but our school and children were on BBC Northwest News at night, with Charles and Cizzy having a brief interview!  The children had a great time and we were all happy to be a part of a super cause. Pictures to follow.


We also appeared in the Lancashire Evening Post and Garstang Courier, click below to read!



Thank you to Myerscough College and their arboriculturalist students who, along with our Y5 and 6 pupils, helped do a litter pick in Bilsborrow this afternoon.  The children enjoyed the activity and Bilsborrow is now even cleaner than before!  It is great to be part of such a close knit community.




Welcome back!  We hope you have all had a fantastic summer break, and are energised and ready for the new school year.  Welcome to the new Reception children, as well as the two new junior boys who have joined John Cross.  We hope you all settle in well and enjoy the friendly school that John Cross is.  

Other new changes from September include Cock Robin nursery now being a part of John Cross school  - we welcome Jill and the other staff along with the pre-school children.  Over the summer holidays, the room has been refurbished and improved to provide a super learning environment for the younger children.

To celebrate this, Cock Robin will be having an open day on Saturday 16th September, 10am-2pm, all welcome, with refreshments being provided. Parents will have the opportunity to look around the pre-school as well as the main school and talk to our staff.




The juniors spent the day with a Stone Age man, who came to John Cross to show the juniors various things, including clothing, tools and weapons, along with how to make sap lamps and flint arrow heads!  This was to support their topic work, which is 'Stone Age to the Iron Age'.

The children (and staff) all had a fantastic day - see our gallery page for more pictures!





Welcome back to the 2nd half of the summer term.  Well done to all of our Y2 and Y6 children who took their SATs assessments before the holidays, we were all extremely proud of how hard the children have worked and persevered.  We hope the half-term break has allowed some relaxation and family time in the sun.

This half-term we look forward to sports day, sporting competitions, the junior production as well as the visit of a real life caveman to John Cross to work with the juniors!



The juniors had a fantastic day at Hothersall Lodge last Monday despite the wet weather! They took part in a day of activities such as climbing, caving, mountain biking, archery, orienteering as well as the zip wire!  Well done to all of the children who behaved extremely well and were a credit to the school.





The children and staff all enjoyed dressing up for another World Book Day celebration last Thursday, along with the exciting activities carried out!  Here are a few pictures to show:




Well done to all of our nine Year 6 children who took part in the maths challenge at Garstang Academy this morning.  Six primary schools took part, with John Cross achieving 3rd place and a bronze in the competition. The children represented the school brilliantly!




The Year 5 children enjoyed a textiles taster this morning at Garstang Community Academy, making these 'Monster' keyrings! 




Thank you to all of the children and parents who attended the Christingle church service and then the school Christmas fair on Sunday - both events were very busy and it was great to see so many people attending.  Thank you to the parents and FOBS who helped organise stalls and events for the fair - the hard work put in clearly showed!  Well done also to the infants for their fantastic first showing of 'Whoopsy Daisy Angel' and the juniors for their carol singing. 




The juniors enjoyed a super visit to the Roman museum at Ribchester last Wednesday, and the infants all enjoyed their Fleetwood museum and RNLI visit, along with their fish and chip lunch yesterday!  See the gallery page for more pictures.



Well done to the school Eco-club, who managed to achieve a silver certificate in the Young Wyre in Bloom competition! Two of our junior children were given the certificate by the mayor of Wyre, and even enjoyed tea and biscuits with him!



In the summer term, the junior children wrote letters to the Queen for her 90th Birthday - we were delighted to receive a reply and a photograph today thanking the children for their letters and photographs!


We have received the final published report from our church school inspection last month, and we are delighted to be rated as an Outstanding school! 

Well done to all of the children, staff, parents and governors who've worked hard to ensure our school has been recognised as being a fantastic place to learn and achieve.



On Thursday 19th May, our school had a church schools inspection.  The final report will be pubished in the next few weeks.  We are all extremely proud of the children and the findings of the inspector.  Thank you to the parents who stayed after school to speak, your comments were appreciated.



The Open afternoon was a great success, with proceedings getting underway with a visit from the new mayor of Wyre Council, who officially opened our new EYFS area after a picnic lunch of fish and chips, courtesy of Turner's Fish and chip shop.  Myerscough College tutors and students were also on hand to demostrate tree climbing, as well as carving some new outdoor seating for our woodland!

The Garstang courier article can be read here:


We will be holding another Open Day on Friday 13th May.  All are welcome to come and see what a fantastic school John Cross is!  The children will be enjoying a variety of activities in the afternoon, and there will also be a special guest to officially open the new Early Years outdoor area.



Many of the juniors enjoyed time away at Winmarleigh hall this week, and it was fantastic to see them take part in various activities such as climbing, raft-building, zooming down zip-wires and archery.  All of the children took part with a super attitude and were a credit to John Cross.  The weather was also great, which added to a very enjoyable few days.  See the gallery for more pictures.


Well done to the year 5 children who teamed up with Myerscough College students to have a litter picking afternoon in and around the school grounds!


Another well done - this time to our Year 6 children, who took part in a Year 6 maths challenge at Garstang Academy on Monday.  John Cross were one of six schools taking part, and our children were fantastic representatives for our school!  Not only was their behaviour exemplary, they managed to come second and receive silver achievement badges and certificates!


Well done to the Year 5 and 6 children who represented the school at the High 5's netball tournament at Garstang Academy yesterday after school.  The nine children were well behaved and a credit to John Cross.  Not only that, but out of the three games they played, they won two and drew one, meaning they were the winning team in their group!




Following the fantastic reponse to the clothing appeal for refugees on the Island of Lesbos, newspapers have printed our story!

Stories in both the Lancashire Evening Post and in The Blackpool Gazette appeared yesterday - click on the link below to read all about it!

Radio Lancashire have also visited school today, recording interviews with children, Mrs Brown and Mr Reynolds, which go out on the radio between 7-7.30am Wednesday 16th December.

Link :


Photo from the Lancashire Evening Post



The Friends of Bilsborrow School Commitee Present

A Christmas Kids Film Evening!

Friday 4th December

In John Cross School Hall

Doors Open at 3.30 for a 4pm Start

15 Minute Intermission where Teas, Coffees, Drinks and Sweets will be available to buy

Tickets £2.50 to include a Snack & Drink

Parents are FREE and are invited to stay

Tickets can be purchased from school reception

For Further details contact Helen on 07713 279121 or

Heather on 07515 552914


Over the half-term holiday, the first phase of our EYFS outdoor area was completed, and the decked areas along with the astro-turf look fantastic!  We now have a more friendly area for our children to play and learn in.  In the new year, further developments will include a mud kitchen and water play area. Here is a small preview of how the area is looking:
John Cross  are Silver Award Winners in this year’s Young Wyre in Bloom competition!
Before the summer holidays and after a lot of hard work by the Junior children and Mrs Bryson’s Gardening club, we were visited by judges from Young Wyre in Bloom competition run by Wyre Borough Council.  They were shown around the garden area and the whole of the school grounds by members of the Gardening Club, during which time they answered a lot questions from the judges.
 In September, we were delighted to hear that we had won a Silver Award for our efforts!  Gardening stalwart, Charlie, accompanied by Lauren and Mrs Bryson visited Poulton-le-Fylde Civic Centre in early October to meet the mayor and to receive our award certificate.  They were given a tour of the council meeting rooms and had a chance to ask the mayor some questions.  Charlie asked the mayor what kind of car he drove! 
Many thanks to all who have contributed seeds and plants for the garden. Thanks also to Mrs Rebecca Bleasdale, a local resident and coordinator of the Bilsborrow in Bloom for the village, for her support with our garden.
Please come and have a look at our garden after school,  when you have a chance.
We will be holding an​ open day on the 14th October from 1.30-5.30pm - all are welcome!
Visit our school and see what goes on in lessons - our theme this half term is 'Creativity' and so the children will be taking part in activities which allow them to show off their creative skills!
Wander around our school and surrounding grounds to see what a fantastic learning environment John Cross really is, and stay for refreshments and a chat with staff and children.