A VILLAGE primary school got a perfect report card from Government inspectors– rated outstanding across-the-board.

Strong leadership, high expectations, exemplary behaviour and high achievements are among strengths Ofsted highlighted at West Cornforth Primary School.

When the school was inspected last January it was found to be good with outstanding features but, after a surprise visit in November, inspectors judged it outstanding in all areas.

Headteacher Jill Hodgson said: "It takes dedication and huge amount of hard work to achieve outstanding in all areas. To become an outstanding school, you need the full support of staff, governors and parents– I am pleased to report we have that at West Cornforth Primary.

"I am very proud to be the headteacher of such a happy, successful school. Our aim is to give the children of West Cornforth the very best start in life and the report reflects that."

Inspectors described teachers as very knowledgeable and found skilled teaching assistants are deployed well, resulting in excellent outcomes for pupils.

Early years children make a 'flying start' to their education and, by the end of key stage one and two, pupils' progress in reading, writing and maths is far higher that national averages.

The report said Mrs Hodgson has 'set the bar high' for expectations and fellow leaders 'drive improvement' and 'check meticulously for the impact of their actions'. They are supported by governors with a wide range of expertise who understand the school and community well.

Lead inspector Michael Reeves said personal development, behaviour and welfare are a major strength and a rich curriculum and opportunities for responsibility and enterprise develop pupils' citizenship qualities and widen their horizons.

"Pupils are exceptionally well prepared for life in modern Britain", he wrote.

"The school's curriculum, visits and visitors ensure that pupils have a good understanding of world faiths. Recent work with older pupils has deepened their understanding of the diversity of people in society. As a result, pupils demonstrate very mature qualities of tolerance and understanding."