The School as it was around 1900

After the Church and Vicarage were completed, a new school was needed. Once again Miss Pilling-Taylor was most generous, and gave a site worth £400, and a handsome donation to the building fund. At a Bazaar held in October 1878 the sum of £1,500 was raised for the new school

The School as it was in 1977Mrs. H. W. Worsley-Taylor laid the foundation stone on June 7th 1879. Funds were later exhausted, and trade was bad, but the committee were determined the work should go on. Finally the money was raised and the building finished

The new school was opened by Bishop Fraser on Easter Monday, March 29th 1880. The final cost was over £3,000. Provision had been made for 400 children. At this time there were nearly 300 scholars in the day school, and nearly 450 children and adults in the Sunday school. Miss Pilling-Taylor, because of failing health, had not been able to be present at either the laying of the corner-stone or the opening. She died on June 29th 1881, aged 79 years, and was buried in the churchyard just beyond the chancel. The people of Baxenden should always be grateful to her and her sister for their splendid generosity

The School as it was in 1977In 1888 the school was enlarged by two classrooms. By 1952 the number of scholars in the day school was down to 110, and by 1960 the numbers were down to 63 and 4 members of staff. At this time new inside toilets and a small kitchen were built. In 1973 the Phase I building project commenced, costing £25,000. The number of children on the roll at this time was 204 and 6 staff. In 1976 the Phase II building project commenced, costing £60,000. The present (1977) number of children and staff are 237 children and 8 staff