A school which offers a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ has been praised in its most recent inspection.

St John’s Stonefold C of E Primary School in Rising Bridge, near Haslingden, has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in their most recent inspection on November 30 and December 1.

Headteacher, Frances Brady said: “We are delighted by our inspection report which was published this week.

“We are very proud of our caring and professional team at St John's who work incredibly hard every day.

“We are pleased that our report reflects the dedication of everyone involved, in all roles in school. 

“Everyone pays an essential part to our success and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved - staff, children, parents, governors for their trust and faith in our school, their support, kindness and recognition of the ambition and care for our children by all involved.

“We are a good school - such a small word but it means so very much.  We look forward to continued success as we move forward together.”

Inspectors noted that the school had a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ which is ‘ambitious’ for pupils.

Despite this, in one or two subjects, leaders' curricular thinking is described as 'less clear’.

The report reads: "In these subjects, curriculum overviews provide general information on what should be taught in the different year groups.

“However, leaders have not sufficiently considered the important knowledge that pupils should learn at each stage.

“Some teachers do not know exactly what knowledge to teach to pupils in these remaining subjects.

“On occasions, they are unclear about what pupils already know and can do.”

Children in reception and key stage one benefit from a well-delivered phonics programme and early reading curriculum

Pupils who need extra help with reading are supported quickly to help them keep up and catch up with their peers.

Effective systems are in place to identify pupils with SEND however, ‘leaders have not ensured that some pupils with SEND get the exact support that they need’.

The report adds: “While most staff adapt the delivery of the curriculum well for pupils with SEND, a few other staff are less well trained.”

Pupils behave well and their behaviour shows that they ‘understand the importance of respecting one another, including adults’.

Safeguarding is effective and governors are ambitious for all pupils.