The new term got of to a flying start at Hillcrest Primary School in Downham Market when it received a glowing Ofsted report.

Inspectors visited the Bexwell Road school last month and their report, published this week, rated the school as ‘good’ overall.

Teaching, behaviour, leadership and achievement were also rated ‘good’ and there was particular praise for headteacher Linda Howling.

“Hillcrest is a happy, welcoming and well led school where pupils feel very safe and secure,” the report says.

“The curriculum, used as an exmplar of good practice by the local authority, is rich and inspirational.

“Pupils’ attainment in reading is a particular strength.”

Inspectors found the children were considerate and polite to adults and each other, while behaviour in lessons and around school was ‘exemplary’.

“Pupils’ attitudes to learning are excellent,” the report goes on.

“They listen carefully and are keen to improve their work.

“Pupils make good progress and most reach above average standards in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of year six.”

The education watchdog also praised the “knowledgable” governing body for supporting and challenging the school.

Mrs Howling, who has been at the school for 13 years, said:

“We are delighted and very happy with the report. All the staff have worked their socks off and the school has really pulled together.

“It is not just for Ofsted though, everyone works hard all the time.”