Published: 16:00, 28 March 2017
A primary school has reached top of the class, inspectors say.
Ofsted have given Temple Ewell Primary School the highest overall grade of outstanding.
This is a jump from the second highest category of good from the previous inspection.
The school also got the top rating in four categories.
These were leadership and management, teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for pupils.
It got a "good" rating in the fifth category of early years provision.
Head of school Angela Matthews said: “We are delighted with the result , which is testimony to the dedication and commitment of all the staff, governors and parents to provide an excellent education for our pupils.
“We set high standards for our pupils and support them all to achieve their very best.
"They love learning and are very proud of their school and their achievements.“
“This result is a real achievement for the whole community.”
The inspectors’ report said: “The executive head teacher and the head of school have utterly transformed the school since they took up the post.
“They are passionate that every pupil can succeed and shine.
“Pupils make excellent progress and leadership across the school is very strong.
“The curriculum is exciting and provides a rich mix of topics that pupils enjoy learning about.”
The inspectors added that governors provided excellent advice and support for leaders, pupils are tolerant thoughtful and sensitive about the needs of others and teaching in the early years is developing rapidly.
They also said that the teaching standards are consistently high at both infant and junior stage and that pupils are happy, safe and exceptionally well cared for.
But the Ofsted team added that the school could improve further by developing teaching in the early years to ensure that children there make the same strong progress as those in other key stages.
The inspection took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 7 to 8, this year.
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