TEACHERS and pupils at a primary school are celebrating after the Anglican Church’s equivalent of Ofsted decided they were top of the class.
Golborne St Thomas’ CE Junior and Infant School was given an outstanding rating by Siams, the Church of England’s organisation which inspects faith schools to assess their Christian character.
The Church Street school was given the best-possible rating on how its distinctive character as a faith school meets the needs of its pupils, how worship impacts children’s lives, on the effectiveness of its religious education and on its leadership and management.
Inspectors also praised head teacher Michelle Brindle for her leadership and vision for Golborne St Thomas’ and the way the school works with the local community and churches.
The report said: “The outstanding and distinctive Christian ethos permeates all aspects of school life and has an important and affirmative impact on pupils’ personal and spiritual development.
“The exemplary Christian leadership of the headteacher ensures the school’s Christian character has a strong impact on pupils’ academic achievement and spiritual growth.
“It also impacts on the pupils’ excellent personal development and improving school attendance. Pupils are highly motivated, exhibit a love for learning and enjoy being in school.
“This school is an outstanding faith community that is living out its Christian values.”
The inspection found the school’s faith ethos makes a significant impact on the academic standards and progress achieved by the time pupils reach the end of key stage two.
Head teacher Michelle Brindle said: “We are thrilled that all the hard work of the team, children and community has been recognised. We could not have hoped for a better result.”