Primary school pride at ‘outstanding’ report

St Peter's C of E Primary School headteacher Mrs Greenwood and pupils celebrate their outstanding SIAMS report.
St Peter's C of E Primary School headteacher Mrs Greenwood and pupils celebrate their outstanding SIAMS report.

Children’s views on religious education and worship have led to a small primary school in Burnley been assessed as an outstanding Church of England School.

Six in 10 children at St Peter’s CE in Church Street speak English as a second language and pupils start their education with abilities well below national expectations. Most of the 181 pupils on the roll have Asian homes.

We are extremely proud that the report reflects the hard work and dedication of all those involved with St Peters C of E School

Headteacher Catherine Greenwood

The National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools report was carried out earlier this month.

Inspector Ruth Wall commented that St Peter’s, in an area of significant deprivation in the centre of Burnley, showed outstanding care, nurture and guidance and demonstrated the distinct Christian ethos.

Headteacher Catherine Greenwood, her staff and the school governors work well together to provide an inclusive education based on Christian values underpinning the excellent relationships between all members of the school community.

When the school was last inspected in 2011 it was assessed as “satisfactory”. Since then there has been a significant number of staffing changes.

The Rector, Rev. Patrick Senior, was appointed in 2014, and has become a firm favourite in school. Pupils say he is ‘fun and listens to our point of view’.

“We are extremely proud that the report reflects the hard work and dedication of all those involved with St Peters C of E School,” said Mrs Greenwood.

“In particular the children’s enthusiasm towards their learning shines through the report as does the schools inclusive Christian ethos.”

The inspector suggested building on the school’s success by involving children in the way that worship is planned and arranged as a way of using their skills and enthusiasm to the full.