A PRIMARY school in Windermere has been crowned one of the best in Cumbria.

St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary was named the second-best primary school in the county by school comparison site Snobe.

In its latest Ofsted report inspectors awarded the school a ‘Good’ rating.

Headteacher Mrs Lucy Bone said staff and pupils felt ‘honoured’ to place so highly.

“Our children's mission statement is 'help one another, this is what we do with all of our hearts',” she said.

“Our mission statement runs through everything we do in our school.

“We are one big family and although we are smaller than other local primary schools, we believe we are perfectly formed.

“Our children always achieve academically and in the last published SATs results (2019), we are very proud that we achieved 100 per cent in all areas - in maths, reading, writing and science.

“This is well above the national average.

“All the staff and governors are 100 per cent committed to the children and the ethos of St. Cuthbert's.

“Everything we do is for the benefit of our amazing pupils.

“We believe that giving our children the chance to develop and explore out of the classroom, gives them the confidence and skills to flourish academically.

“We have wonderfully supportive parents, and our children are very proud of be part of our school.”

Mrs Bone said the school’s calendar is ‘always’ full and since the new school year began in September pupils have been very busy-including writing to the pope.

“Our children have attended the Westmorland County show, competed in local sporting events, participated in regular forest school sessions at the Footprint, written to local MPs, started a 'spellbinding' reading initiative, supported the 'eyes of the world' campaign linked to COP26, joined in with pottery and craft clubs, been to the cinema and theatre in Kendal and Ambleside, written to and received replies from the pope, started a 'mini police group', welcomed a visiting author, had weekly dance and yoga classes, organised fundraising events for CAFOD, St. Johns Hospice and MacMillan and raised lots of money for school by selling decorations at the Christmas fair,” she added.