A SCHOOL has been praised following a visit from Government inspectors.

Officials from the Office for Standards in Education inspected Rift House primary school, in Hartlepool, in October, and the report said it is "effective and improving".

"The headteacher provides dynamic and clear-sighted leadership that is achieving significant improvements to the school's educational provision," the report said.

The school was last inspected in April 1998 and the report acknowledged that "considerable improvements have been made since then and, particularly, since the arrival of the headteacher in September 2000."

In addition, more pupils than before had achieved results above national expectations in tests for seven-year-olds.

The report also praised the standard of teaching in the school, which has 229 pupils, with a further 46 children in the nursery.

Headteacher Julie Robinson said: "We are delighted with the report, which highlights the excellent progress our school is making.