A PRIMARY school in Billingham has been found to be making good progress following an Ofsted report.

Priors Mill Church of England Primary School was inspected in May and was described by inspectors as being a good and rapidly improving school.

Headteacher Judith Duell, who was appointed in January 2002, was praised for providing inspirational leadership that is motivating to staff and pupils.

The report said: "She has brought an exciting and creative learning environment to the school, pupils are making good progress and results are rising quickly."

The pupils, who are aged between four and 11, were described as having a good attitude and behaviour was good.

Attendance levels were also found to be good.

However, the inspectors highlighted areas where the school could improve. They were standards in writing and science, the monitoring and evaluation of the work of the school by subject coordinators, and opportunities for creative and independent learning in the reception classes.

Mrs Duell said: "I am delighted Ofsted have highlighted the good teaching and learning, excellent support from staff, parents and governors and the good progress our pupils make.

"Our staff, parents and pupils are rightly proud of the school, which last year celebrated 150 years of its church foundation.

"It is a pleasure to work in such a happy, welcoming place."