Headteacher’s Message

DSC_5288As we head rapidly towards the school’s 300th anniversary, we can look back at our Founder’s, James Baines, wishes, with some pride in that, despite times having changed, we continue to provide the highest quality education for our young people.

Whilst we treasure our school’s long heritage, Baines is a forward-looking, modern school that is committed to offering its pupils the best quality and relevant education to meet the demands of a challenging and rapidly changing world.

One of the supreme strengths of the school is the varied opportunities for personal growth and development it offers to young people throughout their time with us. Whether academic, practical, sporting, generally talented or initially less than confident, Baines’ pupils are positively challenged to participate in the breadth of school life and to grow and develop so that they can take on, and successfully meet, new and exciting opportunities in order to find out about themselves, test their abilities and be able to work with, and relate to, peers and other people from all walks of life.

As a voluntary-aided (non-denominational), non-selective co-educational school, we want Baines to provide an education and experience that young people respect, value and desire from the moment they join us in Year 7 right through to their Sixth Form career in Years 12 and 13. We wish all students to look back over their time with us and feel that they have succeeded at their personal and academic heights, that they have valued and enjoyed their years here and can positively state that they have grown as a person as a result of their experience.

Our view has always been that the education of young people is a partnership, a partnership between our students, the teaching staff, the associate staff and you, the parents and carers. As parents, quite rightly you want the very best for your children. In turn, we look forward to your active contribution to, and interest in, the life of the school by supporting your child’s progress and becoming involved in the wider activities that we offer.

I would urge you to consider Baines School for your children. Our commitment to them and to you is that they will be safe and secure whilst accessing a continuous, caring, first class education in a modern, ever-improving environment.

RJM McCowan Headteacher