A PRIMARY school has been rated as ‘outstanding’ following an inspection by education watchdog Ofsted.

Our Lady and St Anselm’s RC Primary School, in Whitworth, has been praised for a ‘strong’ learning environment and was given a grade one in all areas, including pupil attainment and behaviour.

Headteacher John Cunningham said: “We are thrilled Ofsted has confirmed that the school is outstanding in all areas. ‘Learning is fun and we enjoy every lesson’ accurately sums up our children’s views on their experiences in school.

“This is down to the strong teamwork of all staff, with the support of parents and friends.”

Inspector Stephen Rowland said: “There is a strong sense of purpose and direction.

"Teamwork is strong and there is no room for complacency despite the school’s record of high standards.

“Supported by a knowledgeable and committed governing body, staff set high expectations for themselves and the pupils.

"Attainment has been consistently high over recent years and all groups of pupils make outstanding progress.

“The school’s calm and caring ethos contributes to an environment where learning is strong.

"Behaviour in and around the school is excellent.”