A primary school that has not been inspected for over a decade has retained its Outstanding status.

Ofsted visited Barrowford St Thomas CE Primary School in Wheatley Lane Road in September, the first time inspectors have visited since 2011, and for the first full inspection since 2008.

Following the visit, Ofsted graded the school outstanding in all areas; for its quality of education, behaviour of pupils, pupils’ personal development, the school’s leadership and management, and its early years provision.

In their report, inspectors said: “Pupils flourish at this exceptional school where differences between people are valued and nurtured.

“Pupils feel accepted, loved and respected, and they thrive in this supportive environment.

“The school has exceptionally high expectations for all pupils across each area of the curriculum.

“A culture of excellence is evident and pupils achieve highly.

“Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. This is because they know what is expected of them.

“Pupils relish the array of rewards that they receive for following school rules and working hard.

“Pupils are involved in many projects in the local community, such as litter picking and designing speed awareness signs for the roads. This contributes strongly to pupils’ personal development.”

The school’s support of children with special educational needs or disabilities was also praised, with pupils able to “access the same rich and ambitious curriculum” and achieving “exceptionally well”.

Ofsted said teachers get the support needed to help pupils develop and introduce new learning at the perfect moment, frequently consolidating learning and carefully checking for any knowledge gaps.

A love of reading was evident with children reading books matched to their learning level and additional support for those who need it.

The report added: “The school provides an exemplary range of opportunities that enhance pupils’ personal development.

“Pupils, including pupils with SEND, have a broad and rich experience. They learn about diversity among people and families.

“Pupils understand the concepts of democracy, respect and tolerance. They understand that rules are there to keep them safe. Pupils are well prepared for their future lives.”

The school’s governors were also complimented for their support and commitment, and inspectors noted staff “enjoy working at the school” and appreciate steps taken to manage their workload and well-being, and safeguarding was also said to be effective.