CELEBRATION TIME: Pupils celebrate the school’s Ofsted report Picture: Tony Jones

GAYTON Church of England Primary School has been rated as outstanding in an inspection on behalf of the Methodist Church.

The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) took place last month and found pupils to be incredibly well supported  to be the ‘best they can be’.

In a report the SIAMS inspector said: “The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Gayton as a Church of England school are outstanding.

“A highly motivated and inspirational headteacher, supported ably by the governing body, has a clear vision and strategy for moving the school forward as a Church school for the benefit of all.

“Leadership of religious education and collective worship is a strength, ensuring that both contribute significantly to the daily lives of the pupils.”

Areas to improve include ensuring the RE curriculum is thoughtfully informed by new initiatives, developing the new RE ambassador role and continuing to make the most of development opportunities.

The report said: “Through the committed and inspirational leadership of the headteacher, the school celebrates its church school status proudly for the benefit of all.”

Headteacher Rachael Greenhalgh said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of our Church Schools Inspection report. It is brilliant that we have been judged as outstanding in all areas, from meeting the needs of all learners to the impact of collective worship and the effectiveness of leadership and management across the school.

“The report certainly highlights the many strengths at the school, including the leadership of RE, the outstanding behaviour of pupils through the teaching of Christian values and the impact of the extra curricular provision.

“As headteacher, it is a pleasure and privilege to work with such a fantastic and dedicated community of children, families, staff and governors.”