A St Helens primary school is top of the class after being rated outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.
Parish CE Primary School achieved the highest-possible scores across the board, with head teacher Lynne Ryder being personally identified as an “exceptional” leader.
The school was judged outstanding for the effectiveness of its leadership and management, for the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, for personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils, for the outcomes youngsters learning there achieve and for its early years provision.
Lead inspector Sue Eastwood applauded Parish CE for putting every child’s success at the heart of everything it does, commenting on the high standards of teaching, impeccable pupil conduct and active governor involvement.
The top grading also represents continued improvement since the previous Ofsted visit rated the school, which has 204 pupils, as good.
Head teacher Mrs Ryder said: “I am so proud of everyone at school, this has been a real team effort; however, the real stars of this report are the children.
“it is difficult to put into words how proud I am at this moment in time.”
Ofsted drew attention to the pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development as one of the school’s strengths, saying this was woven into the curriculum and promoted by everyone at the school.
Inspectors said this resulted in pupils who are highly tolerant and respectful of others.
Ofsted also found parents, pupils and staff are all proud to be part of Parish CE, with one parent telling the inspectors; “to be at our school makes us smile with pride”.
Deputy head teacher Mark Thomas said: “Everyone has worked so hard to achieve this grading. A massive thanks must go to our staff, governors, parents and children, but it’s also really important to remember how hard Mrs Ryder has worked and how utterly dedicated she is to our school’s continued success.”
Chair of governors Rev Harry Wood said: “Parish CE holds as paramount its responsibility to provide high quality education which is inclusive and equips children for lifelong learning.
“This ethos underpins the approach to teaching and learning at the school and as head teacher Mrs Ryder leads a staff team whose dedication is without question and has rightly been recognised in the recent Ofsted inspection as outstanding.”
The school was also praised by St Helens Council.
Coun Jeanette Banks, cabinet member for education and lifelong learning, said: “This recent report shows the great strides Parish CE has made in the last few years.
“It highlights the commitment of pupils, the support of parents and governors, and the dedication of staff, who demonstrably care a great deal for pupils’ learning and personal development.”