Inspectors find church school ‘outstanding’

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Headteacher Fiona Pattison with pupils, celebrate an outstanding Ofsted report, at St James' C of E Primary School, Clitheroe.
CLITHEROE 25-10-16 Headteacher Fiona Pattison with pupils, celebrate an outstanding Ofsted report, at St James' C of E Primary School, Clitheroe.

Staff and pupils at a Clitheroe primary school are celebrating after being found to be “outstanding” by inspectors.

St James’s CE Primary School on Greenacre Street was given an “outstanding” grade after a statutory inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) which took place in October.

The school’s head teacher Mrs Fiona Pattison said: “We are of course delighted by the report. The SIAMS inspector really understood the qualities of our church school. It is lovely to know that an external body has recognised all that we do by grading the school outstanding.”

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St James’s as a Church of England school was found to be outstanding.

The inspector said: “A clear Christian vision is at the heart of all that the school does.”

The school, through its distinctive Christian character, was also found to be outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.

“The schools inclusive Christian ethos successfully underpins pupil welfare, exemplary behaviour and positive attitudes to learning and to each other.”

The impact of collective worship on the school community, the effectiveness of the religious education

and the effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school were also all found to be outstanding.