CHILDREN and staff at Childer Thornton Primary School are celebrating after receiving a glowing Ofsted report.

The school – which has 164 pupils aged five-11 – was rated ‘good’, with many aspects awarded the highest possible ‘outstanding’ grade.

Inspectors, who visited the site earlier this month, said the school was ‘well on the way to being outstanding’.

Their report applauded the excellent attention given by staff to all aspects of care, guidance and support, while pupil achievement and enjoyment was found to be outstanding.

Inspectors said: “The pupils delight in demonstrating what they have learned. They frequently have opportunities to take the lead so they develop excellent skills in learning independently.

“Consequently, attainment is high and learning and progress are outstanding for all, including the small numbers of pupils with special educational needs/and or disabilities.

“No stone is left unturned to ensure their individual needs are met. This is a very happy and harmonious community.”

All aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage – including leadership, teaching and care, guidance and support arrangements – were found to be outstanding, ensuring ‘children make rapid gains in their learning and personal development’.

Inspectors also praised headteacher Stephanie Raynor for raising the ‘level of challenge and ambition for all’.

She said: “I am thrilled that Ofsted have recognised what a fantastic community we have and the outstanding progress, both academically and personally, that our pupils make.”