AN infant school in Poole has been hailed a "beacon of excellence" by the education watchdog  Ofsted.

Ofsted inspectors graded Canford Heath Infant School as 'outstanding' following a recent visit.

Headteacher Laurin Palmer has since described it as an "incredible achievement".

She said: "Having worked at Canford Heath Infant School for the last 14 years, I feel extremely proud that our continuous strive for excellence has, once again, been recognised by Ofsted.

"It is an absolute privilege to work in such a special school, with such fabulous staff, children, parents, and carers."

Bournemouth Echo: Canford Heath Infant School

The school with around 360 pupils was last inspected 15 years ago, due to legal exemptions, when it was also judged 'outstanding'. 

During a visit in March, inspectors noted that pupils at the school are happy, safe and ready to learn.

A report has been published by Ofsted detailing what the school does so well to justify the high grading. 

It reads: "Pupils achieve highly. They are remarkably well prepared for their next stage of education.

“Teachers are meticulous in ensuring that the curriculum they deliver enables pupils to learn the right knowledge and skills at the right time.

“Staff are superb role models. They expect all pupils to be responsible, respectful and active members of the school and wider community and contribute positively.

“The motto of ‘children first’ shines throughout every aspect of the school’s work.

Bournemouth Echo: Canford Heath Infant School

“In classrooms, pupils with SEND are well cared for. Environmental adaptations and supportive aids are in place for individual pupils.

“Pupils hear stories every day. These times are special with teachers, creating an atmosphere where pupils become immersed in the story.

“Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility at Canford Heath Infants. All staff, irrespective of their role, are well trained to notice and report any signs of concern.”

In the report, the school was also commended for its community service.

The report said: “Pupils’ service to the community is impressive. For example, they visit the local hospital and care home to perform to patients and residents and enjoy being pen pals to the elderly.”