A PRIMARY school in Christchurch is celebrating its latest Ofsted rating, just under four years after it was told to improve.

The Priory CE Primary School was visited by the education inspectorate on February 2 and 3, who rated the school as ‘Good’, an improvement from the ‘Requires Improvement’ it received in April 2018.

Inspectors wrote that the 208 pupils “live out the school’s values of aspiration, forgiveness, love and respect with pride”. It also said: “Priory is a happy and safe place to be. Pupils cooperate well [and] say that if bullying happens, adults sort it out swiftly.”

The 155-year-old school, located within Christchurch town centre, saw 98 per cent of parents respond to Ofsted’s online survey saying they would recommend the school to another parent.

In the 2018 report, inspectors found that “significant changes in leadership, staffing and governance” had resulted in a “decline in standards”.

Four years later, and the new report describes senior leaders as “determined” and “continually improving the school”.

Headteacher Paul Ruffle said: “The inspection report is testament to the positive difference a community can make when it comes together for a shared goal. Pupils, staff, governors and parents have worked hard, and this is an achievement for everyone to celebrate.

“We are rightly proud of our pupils and the way they live out our school values, and now they can be justifiably proud of the school they attend.”

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Inspectors recognised the pandemic has caused a shortfall in pupils’ early language and reading ability, which school leaders are addressing with support in these areas.

Sue Solly, chair of governors at The Priory, said: “The school motto is to inspire a generation to learn, flourish and achieve. We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised that a school which prioritises personal development and positive relationships can still deliver high academic standards.

“There is a culture at the school in that we are always thinking about how to make things even better. Teaching and learning in core subjects is strong, and we continue to support the school in driving forward continual improvements to how the curriculum is delivered.”