ST James’ CE Primary School Blackburn was rated’ Excellent’ following a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and. Methodist Schools) inspection, which looks at how schools perform as Church of England schools.

Inspector Fiona Ashton said: “The school’s Christian vision is carefully and biblically rooted in the Christian message. It is understood, valued and demonstrated by all members of this welcoming and harmonious community.

"Leadership at all levels is exceptional. It focuses on identifying each individual’s unique potential as a child of God. As a consequence, all are nurtured for emotional resilience, academic success and professional fulfilment.

"The inspiring head teacher receives excellent support from dedicated governors and talented colleagues. Inclusion is excellent.

"Adults are creative and caring in the way that they support individuals so that they flourish in a manner that is life changing for some and life enhancing for all.”

Headteacher Philip Morgan, said “we are really proud of the report which reflects the hard work of the staff and governors and highlights the wonderful community we have here at St James’.”