A POOLE school has been given a boost after retaining a 'good' rating in their latest Ofsted report.

Livingstone Road Infant School in Parkstone, was inspected in November last year by a team from Ofsted.

The report, which was published on December 30, says pupils enjoy coming to the "happy and safe school where they feel valued".

It continues: "Staff work as a united team to create an ambitious curriculum that engages and inspires pupils. Staff want all pupils to succeed. Pupils enjoy their learning.

"They want to learn new things and share their successes with others.

"Pupils behave well. They are courteous, polite and care for each other. Pupils understand what bullying is. They say that it sometimes happens and when it does, adults deal with it quickly.

"Pupils develop a positive understanding of respect and tolerance. They know that people should be kind. Pupils have developed strong, trusting relationships with staff. Parents talk positively about the work of the school. One parent wrote that staff are, ‘all very friendly and passionate about what they are doing. My child loves coming to school’.

In reference to what the school does well, inspectors said: "As soon as children start in reception, they develop a love of reading.

"There is a consistent approach to the teaching of phonics. Books match the sounds pupils are learning. Well-trained staff are quick to spot pupils who may be falling behind.

"These pupils receive helpful extra support and catch up quickly.

"The mathematics curriculum is well organised and resourced. This leads to a high level of pupil engagement. Staff ensure that there is a strong focus on pupils using mathematical vocabulary to explain their thinking, including in the early years."

It adds: "Pupils say they feel safe ‘every single second’ in school. This is because they trust adults and know who to go to if they have a concern. Pupils understand that they need to stay safe online.

"Leaders have ensured the safety curriculum supports pupils’ understanding of risk."