CELEBRATIONS are under way at a school which has risen from the bottom of the league tables to a ranking of Outstanding.

Ofsted inspectors praised all aspects of Manorside Academy in Poole and said pupils’ progress has “increased rapidly.”

Now senior leaders have urged parents to take a look at the Evering Avenue school, which has spaces in all year groups.

Ofsted inspector John Laver said in his report: “All groups, including disadvantaged pupils, make exceptional progress. The progress begins in reception where children’s development is well above expectations.”

He described behaviour as “outstanding” and said pupils feel safe and valued. Attendance has improved and “the school provides a very safe environment in which pupils thrive.”

The school currently has 276 pupils between the age of four and 11. It is sponsored by the Ambitions Academies Trust, which took over the running of the school in 2015.

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is almost twice the national average and the percentage of those who have special educational needs of disabilities is also above the national average.

Most pupils are of white British heritage and the proportion of pupils with English as an additional language is close to the national average.

The report goes on: “Teaching is highly effective. Teachers set tasks which challenge pupils to give of their best. School leaders at all levels regularly and vigorously check the quality of teaching and learning.

“They also support staff well in enhancing their skills further. Pupils are also highly motivated to learn as a result of the range of interesting topics.”

Principal Sarah Rempel said: “We are exceptionally proud of our children and staff for their hard work and we are so grateful to have the support of our wonderful parents. However, this outstanding report from Ofsted is not the end of our journey as we will continue to provide the best education for our children that we can.”

Ambitions Director of Primary, Alex Prout added: “We made a promise that we would rapidly improve the education for our children and this would be a school that they would be proud of.”

Chief executive Sian Thomas said the trust has worked closely with the local community at both Manorside and nearby St Aldhelm’s Academy.

She added: “On their doorstep the community now has an outstanding primary in Manorside and a good school in St Aldhelm’s which is also continually improving. Ambitions has worked closely with the local community and we want to say thank you to them for all the support they have given both schools on their journeys.”