THUMBS UP: Pupils at Terrington St John School are celebratingPicture: Tony Jones

INSPECTORS have praised the outstanding behaviour and “great kindness and respect” of pupils at a tiny village school.

Ofsted has rated Terrington St John Primary School as ‘good’  overall following a visit at the beginning of last month.

The school, which has 43 pupils on roll, was found to require improvement at its previous inspection two years ago and was rated as ‘inadequate’ in 2013.

Now the education watchdog has praised the progress made at the school, finding all key areas including teaching, pupils’ progress and leadership to be ‘good’.

The report, published last week, rated the personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils as ‘outstandng’ – the highest possible grade.

“Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes towards learning are outstanding,” the report reads.

“They value learning and strive to succeed in all activities.

“Pupils’ personal development is outstanding. They live by the school’s family values and show great kindness, respect and consideration to each other and their teachers.

“Their experience as elected school councillors makes them highly committed to British democracy, freedom and the rule of law.”

There was also praise for executive headteacher Jill Davis, who leads three other schools as part of the Windmill Primary Federation.

The report says: “Leaders have acted decisively to secure the improvements identified at the last inspection.

“The executive headteacher leads with determination and purpose.

“Governors are committed and experienced and visit the school regularly.”

Inspectors found effective teaching had secured good achievement for pupils in all year groups, particularly in writing and mathematics. Reading was also found to be a  strength across the school.

The report continues: “Teachers expect a great deal from their pupils and set demanding and interesting work for them.

“Teachers’ encouragement and support help pupils to believe ‘it’s right to strive and do our best’.”

Ms Davison said: “We are delighted with this excellent Ofsted result. This is a reflection of the positive journey the school has taken in recent years and also the progress of the Windmill Primary Federation of four schools in which Terrington sits.

“We are especially thrilled with the judgement of ‘outstanding’ for behaviour and the recognition that our children ‘live by the school’s ‘family’ values’.

“I am extremely proud of our school, all our staff members and especially our brilliant children.”