Schoolchildren and staff at a Poulton primary school are flying high after being rated outstanding by Ofsted.
Breck Primary School was given the highest ratings across all areas by the inspectorate, maintaining its previous rating from 2011.
School bosses have said inspectors were particularly impressed by creative topics, including one which saw children mimic travelling around the world in 80 days and even had a hot air balloon visit their grounds on Fouldrey Avenue.
The inspectors noted:
> Pupils make outstanding progress in all classes. They reach standards consistently well above average in reading, writing and mathematics.
> The quality of teaching is outstanding and teaching assistants are well-qualified and very skilful.
> Pupils are happy, safe and their behaviour is exemplary.
> The strong and aspirational headteacher is very well supported by other senior leaders and tremendous teamwork among the staff.
Proud headteacher Cheryl Brindle said: “I am extremely proud of our dedicated and incredibly hard working staff. We expect pupils to behave and work hard and they do.
“The investment of passion and excellence from them makes it a wonderful environment for teaching and learning that the children enjoy every single day and underpins achievements.”
The report in particular highlights interesting learning activities children took part in, including testing themselves and applying learning to real-life situations.
In Autumn term of 2013 the school mimicked the travels of characters in novel ‘Around The World In 80 Days’ after being visited by a hot air balloon then learning about every continent.
Pupils tasted food from Australasia, learned lessons like in Asia and sang songs from Europe.
Chairman of the governers Paul Raynor added: “Breck demonstrates that alongside all the hard work there is an element of fun and enjoyment for both the staff and the children.”