AN east Cleveland Primary school has been judged to be ‘outstanding’ in all categories by inspectors.

St Joseph’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy in Loftus received a glowing report by Ofsted.

The watchdog found St Joseph’s to be outstanding in all areas including: effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching, personal development, outcomes for pupils and early years provision.

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The report said: “The Headteacher, governors and senior leaders have created an ethos of high expectations. Leaders are doggedly determined to eradicate anything that is second best.”

Headteacher Alison Toward said: “This is testimony to a lot of hard work by everyone involved at the school, the governors, teachers, parents, all our staff and, of course, the children themselves. We are delighted but, at the same time, we are determined to progress still further.”

The school became a Voluntary Academy in 2014 and provides education for 145 two to 11-year-olds.