Baines School

Baines School
Motto Nil Sine Labore
(Nothing Without Effort)
Established 1717
Type Voluntary aided Comprehensive school[1]
Location Highcross Road
Coordinates: 53°50′11″N 2°59′36″W / 53.8364°N 2.9934°W / 53.8364; -2.9934
Local authority Lancashire
DfE number 888/5404
DfE URN 119813 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

Baines' School is a school in Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire. It was founded through James Baines' will in 1717 and is a former grammar school.[2]

It was one of three schools set up in Baines’ will,[3] the others being at Marton[4] and Thornton.[5]

In the mid-19th century, the school was teaching around 100 pupils without charging fees. Baines’ will also provided payments to the poor of the area and apprenticeships.[6]

Notable former pupils

Oftead report 2015

The school was branded as “requiring improvement” by Ofsted inspectors, after they found a “significant reduction in staff” and “a decline in the quality of teaching and achievement” compared to the last inspection in 2011.

Inspectors found

  1. Since the last inspection, there have been significant changes to, and reduction, in staff. This was the major contributory factor in a decline in the quality of teaching and achievement.

2. Compared to good schools, too few pupils make better progress than expected from their starting points.

3. The progress of pupils across subjects is variable. Most notably, progress in English and science is not as strong as many other subjects.


  1. "Ofsted - 2007 - Baines School". Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  2. Baines School website
  3. "A free school was founded, in 1717, by James Baines, who endowed it with land now producing an income of £69 per annum : a master and an usher are elected annually, and the number of children instructed varies from eighty to one hundred and twenty. The founder likewise bequeathed land, of the present value of £100 a year, for apprenticing poor children of this parish."Samuel Lewis (1842), A topographical dictionary of England, London: S. Lewis and Co. Page 265
  4. Baines’ Endowed School, Marton, a Church of England primary school
  5. Baines’s Endowed School, Thornton
  6. "The free school of Poulton, date 1717, is endowed with £69. per annum; that of Marton, date 1717, with £91. per annum; Thornton, 1717, £31. per annum; founder of the three James Baines; who also left a munificent bequest, now £100. yearly, to the poor, and for apprenticing their children."Edwin Butterworth (1841), A statistical sketch of the County Palatine of Lancaster (A statistical sketch of the County Palatine of Lancaster. ed.), London: Longman Page 106

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