STAFF at a primary school said they were "delighted" with a recent Ofsted report.

But the Government inspectors at Ebchester CofE Primary School, Ebchester, near Consett, still noted a few areas where the school could improve.

The report said that the school serves 87 pupils, of whom 21 per cent are on the special needs register and 22 per cent are on free school meals - both in line with the national average.

The report described the school as "very caring" and said: "The school receives a very high income per pupil and provides broadly satisfactory value for money."

It went on to say the school provides a supportive environment, good quality teaching, integrates children with special needs well, and has good links with the community.

But it also said that standards of writing could be higher, and there could be a more specific focus of teaching and resources on areas of identified need.

Parents consulted by the inspectors said children enjoyed going to school and make good progress.

But some parents complained they felt they could be better informed about the work of the school.