A WIDNES school is celebrating after being graded outstanding for its religious education.

St Gerard’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School in Lugsdale Road has been commended by inspectors from the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

Inspectors Maria Eves and Dave Williams had nothing but praise for the way teachers nurtured a welcoming environment where Gospel values permeate everything they do.

In a report, they said: “St Gerard’s is a place where worship, faith, education and practice are central to school life.

“The school exudes a strong sense of spiritual purpose.

“Lessons observed provided evidence of high teacher expectations.”

Inspectors said trips to places like Chester Zoo and the National Museum of Liverpool gave pupils the chance to develop responsibility and demonstrate care and consideration.

Pupils are encouraged to take on roles of responsibility in school and the community.

Inspectors added: “The behaviour of pupils is outstanding.

“Pupils are eager to learn, enjoy school and approach their work with enthusiasm, determination and increased resilience as they become independent learners.”

Raising money for charities and developing links with a school in Calcutta, they said, helps children to understand supporting those in need and sharing cultural experiences.

Inspectors said governors are a real strength of the school and are “outstanding in fulfilling their responsibilities”.

Parents are consulted regularly and involved in a variety of ways.

Deputy head and religious education co-ordinator Lesley Roach said: “We are delighted at being recognised as outstanding.

“Inspectors said the extent to which pupils contribute to and benefit from the Catholic life of the school is outstanding.

“There is a focus on teamwork, achieving high standards.

“Pupils have a strong sense of belonging to the school community and value and respect others.”

Head teacher Karl Landrum was described by inspectors as “dedicated and highly committed” with great ambition, high expectations and enthusiasm.