The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Bury CofE Primary School as a church school are still outstanding, according to a recent inspection.

The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) found that the school was outstanding at meeting the needs of all its learners.

The inspector also said that the impact of collective worship on the school community was outstanding, and that the effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school was also outstanding.

“The whole school community follows the core values of friendship, love and forgiveness. Staff are very articulate about how they value the Christian distinctiveness.

“The school has robust systems in place to respond to the needs of individual pupils and appropriate support is provided not only for academic but for social and emotional needs,” said the inspector’s report.

“Collective worship plays a major role in the life of the school and there is universal praise for its contribution to their community.

“RE has a prominent place within the school curriculum and standards are good. Teachers have well developed subject knowledge and high expectations for pupil learning,” it continued.

The inspector particularly praised headteacher Emma Heanes, adding: “The headteacher has developed a clear vision for the school as a church school since starting in post. This well-articulated, strong vision is shared by senior leaders and other stakeholders.

“Strong leadership has ensured the areas for development from the last inspection have been met and that the school has an ongoing vision for its development as a church school.”

The school was encouraged to continue building on current opportunities provided for pupil involvement in worship, to broaden pupil understanding of difference and diversity within and between faiths, and to ensure consistency in learning objectives and marking effectiveness in RE.