SCHOOL inspectors found good teaching and strong leadership at a small independent school which has enjoyed record GCSE successes.

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) report said the 173 pupils at St Anne's High School, Wolsingham, were confident, happy, and respectful.

Inspectors described the quality of teaching as a 'significant strength' and said that children's behaviour was excellent.

Pupils, aged between three and 16, are competent learners from the nursery onwards.

The report said: "Pupils are openly appreciative of the buildings and lovely grounds."

Staff and trustees provide the school with high quality, effective leadership, and parents are very supportive.

The only major weakness highlighted by the report was the school's library, which was not adequately stocked or managed as an effective resource.

Headteacher Sister Adrienne Shoulder welcomed the inspectors' praise for the strong community spirit and Christian ethos at St Anne's.

She said: "This outstanding report is due to team work and is a well-deserved tribute to everyone connected with St Anne's."

She said the school was already addressing Ofsted's recommendation relating to the library's research resources.