SCHOOL bosses have been praised following a recent inspection.

Government inspectors visited St James' Church of England primary school in Lower Darwen last month.

And a newly published report into the visit shows the school continues to be judged good.

Lead inspector Claire Cropper said: "St James’ Church of England Primary School is a happy and friendly place.

"Pupils are enthusiastic to learn. Teachers have high expectations of pupils. Pupils respond well when their teachers challenge them to achieve their best.

"Staff, pupils and parents get on well together because they respect and value each other.

"Leaders make sure that pupils behave well and that they have positive attitudes to learning.

"Leaders also challenge pupils to develop the personal skills and qualities that will help them in later life.

"Pupils are keen to earn rewards that leaders offer for doing their best every day.

"Pupils feel safe. Parents and their children agree that bullying is very rare.

"This is because leaders deal with any incidents that might occur quickly.

"Leaders make sure that everyone joins in learning equally well during lesson time.

"Leaders know what needs doing at the school to make it even better. They focus on making sure that pupils at the school do at least as well as other pupils in the country.

"Pupils are well prepared for the next stages of their education."

There are currently 204 children on the roll at the school off Stopes Brow.

The school was last inspected in 2017, when it was also judged good.