The Bolton News: Children learn in the most wonderful way at a first class school.

Sacred Heart Primary RC Primary School, in Westhoughton, has again been marked as outstanding by Ofsted, which found that pupils are "happy and look forward to school each day".

Inspectors stated: "Across the school there is a calm atmosphere that enables pupils to focus completely on their learning.

The Bolton News: Sacred Heart RC Primary School staff and pupils celebrate an outstanding Ofsted report

"Pupils relish the vast range of opportunities to learn. Every part of the school grounds and buildings are used to enhance learning."

The school, which has been outstanding since 2012, was praised for bringing learning to life, through its school farm, the pond, making kit cars to designing their own theatre costumes ­— as well as through visits by digital designers, poets and artists in residence.

The report added: "Pupils are polite, friendly and eager to converse with adults. They are proud of their school. It is a place where showing kindness and caring about one another is the norm.

"Pupils’ rates of attendance are high. They understand the importance of attending school each day."

The team of Ofsted inspectors reported: "The school has exceptionally high expectations of what pupils can and should achieve. Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), and those who are disadvantaged, consistently live up to or exceed these expectations. They shine in all that they do. This is reflected in the exceptional quality of work that pupils produce. Pupils across the school achieve remarkably well."


Ofsted noted the school had a strong enrichment programme, which pupils take full advantage of.

Inspectors stated "The school is extremely ambitious for pupils, including those with SEND. "It has carefully mapped out the important knowledge that pupils should learn at each stage and in each subject.

The Bolton News: Sacred Heart RC Primary School  pupils celebrate an outstanding Ofsted report

Many school staff are specialist teachers in their fields and inspectors reported that they are "adept at swiftly identifying pupils’ misconceptions and misunderstandings".

Inspectors reported: "Staff were overwhelmingly positive about how the school takes their workload and well-being into consideration. For example, they value the wealth of training that they receive and say that this enables them to deliver the curriculum with confidence and pride."

Headteacher Martin Johnson said: "We are committed to providing the best for our children.

"Our leaders, staff and governors work tirelessly to enable our children to succeed.

"The Ofsted team recognised that we do things differently here."