PUPILS at Northlew Primary School achieve well academically and personally because of good teaching and lessons that are fun, according to the school's latest Ofsted report.

Inspectors from the school standards agency spent two days at Northlew last month and their report has just been published.

Inspectors judged the school to be 'good' — just like its previous inspection. They adjudged overall effectiveness as good, and so is the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the leadership and management, and the behaviour and safety of the pupils.

The inspector's report said: 'Teaching is typically good, at times outstanding.

'Because teachers provide such an impressive breadth of practical learning opportunities, pupils really enjoy their time at school and learn well.

'Pupils' good academic and personal achievements are nurtured across a broad and stimulating range of often practical learning activities, both in and out of school.

'As a result, pupils say: "Learning is often fun", they greatly enjoy school and share excellent relationships.'

Lead inspector Alex Baxter said the care of pupils with complex needs, including disabilities, was exemplary and their achievement matches their classmates.

He praised headteacher Nicola Lampe for her 'well-respected and unflagging enthusiasm and commitment' that every child should be treated as a unique individual.

'She leads a strong drive to do the best for the pupils and these values are fully shared and promoted by staff and governors,' said Mr Baxter.

The school sustains a very friendly atmosphere and pupils and staff are very caring and respectful of each other and exude confidence.

Mr Baxter said: 'All staff present excellent role models, teachers and teaching assistants' close knowledge of individual pupils lifts pupils' confidence and extends their thinking.

'All those associated with the school identify that pupils are very polite, show good manners and relate extremely well to each other and adults.'

Pupils make good contributions to school life, serving on the school council and taking part in fund-raising events, and their attendance is above average.

This reflects their great enjoyment of school and the very supportive links with parents.

To improve further, Northlew should raise the quality of teaching and pupils' progress from good to outstanding.

Mrs Lampe said: 'We are pleased with the Ofsted report. It reflects the hard work of the pupils and staff and the positive support the school receives from parents and governors.'