Top marks for school in church inspection

Chatburn pupils celebrating outstanding inspection
Chatburn pupils celebrating outstanding inspection

A village school has been handed top marks after a church inspection.

Chatburn Primary School has been rated as “outstanding” in a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools report.

The principal objective of a SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the “distinctiveness and effectiveness” of the school as a church school.

Inspectors gave top marks to the spiritual development of the school.

The report added: “All members of the school family recognise and celebrate the central place of Christian values at the heart of the life of the community. Pupils understand the importance of these values and relate them to their relationships, behaviour choices and compassionate support for those in need. Staff of different denominations share their own worship experiences and worship sometimes draws on the traditions of the world church, as during this year’s harvest celebrations.

“There is a very strong partnership with the local church. Local clergy are much loved friends of the school.”

Delighted with the report, headteacher Emma Gardiner, said: “We are so proud of being judged an outstanding church school. The inspection was very rigorous and we were found to be outstanding in all areas. The report reflects the achievements of our wonderful children and recognises how hard the staff and governors work to make Chatburn such a vibrant and inspiring school.”