A POOLE infant school has been rated as good after a visit from government inspectors.

Courthill in Parkstone, which educates 330 children between the ages of four and seven, was the subject of a visit from a team of Ofsted inspectors over two days in September.

Their report, which has just been published, shows the school has fallen from the top rating of outstanding given at its last full inspection in 2008. But inspectors said pupils still leave the school with levels of attainment well above average and that all groups of children share in the school’s good achievement.

They said: “Teaching is rarely less than good and is sometimes outstanding. Teachers typically plan effectively, manage classes and deploy teaching assistants well, and use a range of resources and strategies to ensure good learning.”

The school, in Courthill Road, is a larger than average-sized infant school with mainly white British students. It holds the International Schools Award and the Eco Award. Inspectors suggested the school needed to increase the proportion of outstanding teaching and ensure that when teachers marked pupils’ work they made pupils respond directly to their comments about improvement.

Work should always have the appropriate challenge and difficulty for more able pupils and children should have more opportunities to learn away from the direct control of the teachers.