EVERYONE at North Tawton Primary School has been celebrating this week after the school was rated 'good' in every aspect of its latest Ofsted report.

The school's Ofsted report, published on November 7, praised it for its 'relentless focus on improving the quality of teaching' that has 'resulted in teaching that is now typically good, with some that is outstanding.'

Inspectors said this was having a direct impact on raising standards and the good progress seen across the school.

The school was rated good in all four inspection categories — achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

The school's early years provision was also rated as good. Children benefitted from 'the highly effective partnership arrangements with the pre-school in the Foundation Stage United that continues to be a strength of the school. This ensured the children have a very good start in their education'.

The report states that 'almost all pupils make the progress that would normally be expected of them in reading, writing and mathematics. Since the last inspection the proportion of pupils who make better progress across Key Stage 2 has been either similar to, or above, the national average.'

The report shows a marked improvement on the last inspection, where the school was rated 'requires improvement'.

The inspector said: 'Teachers plan challenging work to interest and engage the pupils so they enjoy learning and achieve well. The school plans a wide range of subjects and learning experiences to challenge most pupils. This makes a positive contribution to pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

'The school is welcoming and pupils enjoy the work they do. This is reflected in their good behaviour and attitudes towards each other and their learning. Pupils feel safe, are happy and are proud of their school.'

Nick D'Agorne, the school headteacher, said: 'We feel that the "Good" grading for all areas accurately reflects the views of the children, parents, staff and governors at the school and are really pleased with the positive comments made by the inspector. As a team, we have worked hard to gain this accolade and I would like to thank everyone for their support.

'This report clearly demonstrates the high level of commitment from the whole school community towards achieving excellence.

'Our aim is to ensure that teaching is typically outstanding by the time of the next inspection and have already implemented strategies to enable this to take place.

Working as a co-operative team, for the benefit of the children from our North Tawton community, we can truly state that we are Inspiring Learning Together.'

To improve further, the assessor said that pupils, especially the most able, should be moved onto harder work more swiftly when they demonstrate they know what they are doing, enabling faster progress.

The inspector also noted that teachers should make sure pupils can regularly make amendments and improvements to their work following feedback from teachers and other adults.