Welcome to Baines Endowed

Baines Endowed is a village school at the heart of the community. Founded in 1717 by local draper James Baines, we still strive to ensure that we continue his commitment to provide an excellent education to children of the local area.

We are proud of the caring and nurturing community that we offer all of Baines Endowed’s children. We enjoy sharing that with all our stakeholders, from parents, local churches, residential homes, and other schools in the area and further afield.

Our staff work extremely hard to ensure that all of our pupils thrive and succeed in a stimulating and creative environment and they work together with the children to create an atmosphere of celebration and achievement, where we believe in success for all.

We hope you enjoy perusing the website and find that Baines is a school you and your child would want to be part of. If it is, then please contact Mrs Goksu, our bursar, on the above number to make an appointment to see either myself or Mr Leah.

I look forward to meeting you in the very near future.

To find out more about us, then please follow the links. If you require paper copies of any of the documents found here, please contact the office.

Mrs Gill Finney

Head Teacher


If your circumstances have changed recently due to Covid-19, please do not forget to apply for Free School Meals for your child.

The Government have agreed to issue all qualifying children with a £15 weekly supermarket voucher and this will now include the summer holidays.

Free school meals are offered to children of families who are in receipt of:

Income Support
Job Seekers Allowance (Income based)
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Income related Employment Support Allowance

Child Tax Credit and are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190.

The Government does not allow us to recognise any other benefit other than those mentioned above.

How to apply:

Simply ring your local Area Education Office on  01524 581112 with details of your name, date of birth and National Insurance number and an immediate on-line decision can be given.

You do not need to re-apply annually, your children will continue to receive free school meals unless you cease to be entitled, and the Council will let you know should that arise.

If you have any questions or need support getting access to a food bank please do not hesitate to contact us on 01253 823420


If you think your child is entitled to a FREE SCHOOL MEAL, please contact the Office for more details.

Children will be eligible for free school meals if you get:

·  Income Support (IS)

·  Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR)

· Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (IB-JSA)

· Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

· Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

· Child Tax Credit and are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190

·  Working Tax Credit ‘run on’- the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

If you receive one of the above benefits that entitle your child to free school meals, you can also register your eligibility with the council so that the school can benefit from additional funding, called pupil premium.

The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the achievement of some pupils. This is measured by the number of children eligible for free school meals based on the above qualifying benefits. It is worth over £1000 per pupil for the school your child attends.