(Tarleton and Rural District Schools)
Banks St Stephen's CE Primary School is proud to be a member of the TARDiS cluster of schools.
We believe that through collaboratively working with other schools, we can strengthen ourselves collectively and improve outcomes for our children. The cluster works together to improve educational outcomes for local children in a variety of ways which includes:
  • A varied programme of events for pupils 
  • Joint training for teachers and other staff
  • Focusing on local issues together
  • Sharing good practice
The TARDiS family, spearheaded by a Headteachers’ network, collaborates on strategic improvement aims for the benefit of our pupils.
The cluster works to enhance opportunities for local children in a variety of ways, these include:
  • Sharing good practice across our family of schools and focusing on local issues/priorities.
  • Organising a programme of enrichment activities throughout the year, which offer challenge, develop confidence and celebrate achievements across the broader curriculum (for example, STEM days, Spelling Bees, Performing Arts Festivals, Public Speaking events etc).
  • Through our subcommittee, TASA (the TARDiS Active Schools Alliance), we organise a comprehensive range of opportunities for children to take part in competitive and non-competitive physical activity – increasing participation and promoting health & fitness.
TARDiS Member Schools:
Banks Methodist Primary School
Banks St Stephen's CE Primary School
Bretherton Endowed CE Primary School
Eccleston St Mary's CE Primary
Hesketh with Becconsall CE Primary School
Holmeswood Methodist Primary School
Hoole St Michael's CE Primary School
Howick CE Primary School
Mere Brow CE Primary School
Newburgh CE Primary School
Richard Durnings Endowed Primary School
Rufford CE Primary School
Tarleton Academy
Tarleton Community Primary School
Tarleton Holy Trinity Primary School
Tarleton Mere Brow Primary School

Local Businesses and Organisations

We work closely with local businesses and organisations. Local businesses and organisations have donated money, time, expertise, services and goods to projects which benefit the children and staff, including:

Cropper's pond area

Early Years Garden renovations

"Time to Grow" polytunnel for Gardening Club

Christian Values tree in the Hall

Outside planters on field and in junior playground

Plants, compost and flowers

Gardening equipment

Brass Band extra lessons

Hampers for families at Christmas, Easter and other times

State of the art LED lighting system and other equipment for Y6 strawberry growing project (scientific innovation)



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