A SCHOOL has celebrated back-to-back ‘good’ inspection results.

Pamphill Church of England First School received the rating in an Ofsted report, after SIAMS, which grades church schools, gave it the same rating earlier this year.

The Ofsted inspectors found that Pamphill is ‘an inclusive and welcoming school’ and that pupils ‘embrace the values of ‘love’ and ‘courage’.’

Inspectors said the school in Pamphill Green near Wimborne,  which has 73 pupils, has an ‘ambitious curriculum’ that is well planned.

Parents of pupils at the school speak highly of the support that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities receive, the report said.

For areas of improvement, the report highlighted that on occasion ‘there are lower expectations for how pupils should behave’ and that behaviour expectations are ‘not yet realised in all areas of the school.’

The report noted the school’s use of its ‘unique’ location as one of the highlights of the inspection, which took place on September 19 and 20.

It said: “The school uses its unique location to provide an array of memorable experiences that go beyond the classroom.

“Pupils work with the National Trust to plant trees, and the school holds an annual strawberry fair. When learning about the Iron Age, pupils visit Badbury Rings.

“As a result, pupils develop a rich understanding of their local area.”

Headteacher Mike Wheeler said: “The report graded us as ‘good’ in all categories; quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision.

“It is testament to the staff, our students and all those who support our school voluntarily who have all worked extremely hard to make this school so valued within our community.

“I was pleased that our work with children who have special educational needs was recognised and that our enthusiasm for reading was noted, and especially that the school’s unique identity shines through.

“The curriculum was praised and the inspectors wrote how ambitious we are for all our students.”

Liz West, CEO of Initio Learning Trust, of which Pamphill is a part, said: “The school has now had two ‘good’ reports this year.

“The latest one – from Ofsted – detailed the relationship between the school and the trust and said this was ‘central to the school’s development’.

“I know the school will continue to develop and I am proud of everyone there.”