Clitheroe primary school rated ‘outstanding’

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St Michael and St John's RC Primary School. Clitheroe, has been awarded an "outstanding" rating
Photo Neil Cross St Michael and St John's RC Primary School. Clitheroe, has been awarded an "outstanding" rating
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Inspectors have rated a Clitheroe primary school an “outstanding” Catholic school in all areas.

St Michael and St John’s RC Primary School, which is based on Lowergate, was given the rating following an inspection by inspectors from the Diocese of Salford Office for Education which took place in March.

Headteacher Mrs Zoe Mabbott said: “The inspectors found St Michael and St John’s to be outstanding in every aspect, which is the best possible outcome from the inspection.

“This is well deserved recognition of our incredible pupils and testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team involved with St Michael and St John’s in ensuring our school is the special place it is.”

She added: “We are particularly proud because this inspection reflects us as a school, our mission and our ethos and celebrates the difference we make to the lives of our pupils and families.”

The inspectors reported that St Michael and St John’s provides “an exceptionally warm welcome for all who attend the school”.

They added: “The staff and pupils pay great attention to the pastoral and emotional needs of all the children in St Michael and St John’s so that one can truly say that in this school every child does indeed matter.

“Relationships are outstanding at St Michael and St John’s,” they continued, “and a strong sense of teamwork and belonging exist.

“The inspectors noted at all times behaviour was outstanding. Children are respectful of each other. Adults working as a committed team have high expectations of the children and in this atmosphere the children at St Michael and St John’s really thrive.”

In May 2015, Ofsted inspectors rated the school as “good” praising headteacher Mrs Mabbott and the senior leadership team.

Mrs Mabbott joined the school in January 2014 after it was considered to “require improvement” by the education watchdog.

Speaking to Mrs Mabbott earlier this week, she was keen to highlight that there are some places available at the school.

“We welcome children of all faiths and limited places are available in some year groups across the school,” she explained.