BRATTON Primary School is setting its sights on achieving outstanding status, after moving up a category following an Ofsted inspection at the end of last term.

The inspector awarded the school an overall grade of good in the latest Ofsted report, praising the “typically good” quality of teaching in all parts of the school; on occasions being “outstanding”.

The report also recognised that leaders and managers work “well together”, while pupils were “polite” and ‘“courteous” and “achieve well” throughout the academic year groups.

The school, in Carpenter’s Lane, received a satisfactory grade in its previous Ofsted inspection, made in November 2010.

Headteacher David Brown said: “We are delighted that our endeavours have been recognised and we can now continue our desire to improve even further in the knowledge that we are making a difference for all of our pupils, regardless of their starting point in [school] life.

“Everyone has worked extremely hard over the past few years and it really is a team effort from the pupils, the teaching staff and the governors.

“We are constantly looking at how we can improve the school and we will now work on trying to make the outstanding grade for the next inspection.”

Pupils told the Ofsted inspector they felt safe and enjoyed their time at the school.

The recently opened Breakfast Club was viewed as being a happy, secure start to their day.

In order to become an outstanding rated school, the inspector said students in Key Stage One and Reception needed to improve their skills in speaking and listening.

The school was also told to continue to improve its interactions with parents and pre-school providers, in helping pupils to develop their communication skills.

The inspector noted that teachers were putting this right already and had begun addressing these issues before last term’s inspection took place.