A CHURCH of England primary school has been described as a 'caring and welcoming place to learn' by Ofsted inspectors. 

St Patrick's Church of England School, on Gatebeck Road in Endmoor, was given a 'good' Ofsted rating after a visit by inspectors on February 8. 

The school only has 91 pupils on the school roll, aged between two and 11. It was last given a short inspection in July 2018 to check if it was still 'good,' but it had not had a full inspection since June 2014.  

Pupils at the school talked about the school as being part of 'one family,' and that their teachers make learning fun, according to the report.

The inspectors said that the school could improve by giving more thought to "the essential knowledge the pupils must learn and in what order this should be taught."

It said that while the school's approach to the curriculum ensures most pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain and for the next stage of their education, in a few subjects it is 'less clear' what pupils should learn and content should be taught. 

The report praised how the school identifies the needs of pupils with SEND, and that they 'participate fully in the same curriculum and opportunities as their peers.' 

The inspector also commended behaviour at the school: "Pupils’ behaviour in and around the school is strong. They are polite and respectful towards adults and to each other. Their rates of attendance are high. Parents and carers said that their children love attending school. Pupils agree. They enjoy being with their friends, are highly motivated to learn and listen carefully in lessons."

St Patrick's organises after-school clubs, and all older pupils learn how to play the guitar. 

In October last year, the school was given 20 Chromebook tablets by members of the local B4RN team, who promote a hyperfast broadband network for rural parts of Cumbria. The tablets meant that the whole class could use them individually instead of sharing.