TURTON Belmont Community Primary School has been rated as ‘good’ by education watchdog Ofsted.

Inspectors reported that the Ryecroft Lane, Belmont, school was ‘good’ in a number of aspects.

These included the quality of pupils’ learning and progress and their behaviour.

The 78-pupil school was also found to have ‘outstanding’ features in pupil safety, attendance and the contribution children make to the community. However pupils’ attainment was given a satisfactory rating.

Headteacher Chris Hoddle said: “The report comes at the end of a particularly successful year in which our year six pupils achieved well above average end of Key Stage Two test results, our musicians won the Blackburn with Darwen Music Festival’s 'Instrumental' group for the third successive year and the swimming team reached the National Final of the ESSA Small Schools Swimming Gala, again for the third successive year."

Inspectors led by Bernard Campbell said in the report: “Turton Belmont is a good school with outstanding provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

“Outcomes are outstanding in Reception due to the rich learning environment in the classroom, high-quality planning and assessment, and excellent leadership.”