St. Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy is the founding school of the ‘Learning Together Trust’. It became an academy in July 2013 and subsequently converted to a Multi Academy Trust in April 2015.
St. Wilfrid’s is part of Blackburn Diocese. The school's Christian Vision is ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4:13. The Christian Values of Courage, Fair, Forgive, Hope, Joy, Kind, Peace, Trust and Love underpin all aspects of school life at St. Wilfrid’s.
St. Wilfrid’s is a large, high-performing Primary School that prides itself on its distinctive Christian identity. The school has a 60 place Nursery and offers flexible provision and wrap around care. The school offers 75 places in each year group from Reception to Year 6, where there are three classes in every year group.
St. Wilfrid's was judged ‘Outstanding in all areas' by Ofsted in January 2022, with no areas for improvement identified. Ofsted stated, ‘Leaders are never complacent. Despite the many notable strengths of the school, leaders continually look to further improve on the already exceptional offer to pupils.’
In 2019, St. Wilfrid's was judged ‘Outstanding’ following a SIAMS inspection. St. Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy was named ‘Primary School of the Year 2019’ at the Wigan Education Awards, which the Governors, staff, parents and children are immensely proud of. In 2020, St. Wilfrid's was listed in the 'Top 250 Primary Schools in England'. St Wilfrid’s was awarded ‘North West Leadership Team of Year 2022’ at the prestigious Educate Awards.
School leaders have developed a broad and balanced ‘Literacy-Rich’ Curriculum that meets the needs of the children in the Church Community. Ofsted stated, ‘Leaders’ extremely high ambitions for every pupil are reflected in the excellent curriculum that children in the early years, and pupils in Year 1 to Year 6, enjoy. Much thought has gone into shaping a curriculum that meets pupils’ needs and interests. The careful construction of the curriculum means that pupils continually build on their learning until they secure a deep body of knowledge across all subjects.’
The curriculum is designed to motivate, inspire, engage and challenge children, through deepening knowledge and developing skills. This is further enhanced by the recently developed three Es: Enrichment (inspirational visitors, educational visitors and events), Extra-Curricular (committees, clubs and competitions) and Experiences (experiences to develop cultural capital).
St. Wilfrid’s continues to maintain and further improve its academic standards, with children achieving exceptionally well and making excellent progress at each stage of their education. Outcomes at the end of each key stage are outstanding, with children performing significantly above National in all areas.