Pupils, staff and governors of Malmesbury CofE Primary School are beaming with pride after gaining outstanding ratings from Ofsted in every area.

Inspectors visited the school giving just half a day’s notice at the end of September.

They then spent two days observing teaching.

Inspectors looked at documents including the school’s self-evaluation, teachers’ planning, and school policy documents.

The primary school was awarded a ‘good with outstanding features’ rating in 2008.

Lead inspector Michael Barron said: “This is a school which fully lives up to its motto: ‘Together taking every opportunity to make our best better’. Pupils make outstanding progress in their personal and academic development throughout the school. Their achievement has been well above average for several years.

“Parents and carers are overwhelming in their praise for the school and the high quality of education their children receive.

“Staff morale is high. The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding and caters for the needs and interests of all pupils exceedingly well. All aspects of the leadership and management are outstanding.”

Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning, and the school’s curriculum were also praised.

Headteacher Jeff Staton said: “Every single pupil, staff team member and governor are so very proud of this achievement.

“With only 14 per cent of primary schools in England judged as outstanding, the fact that our school is in that number is a great motivator to continue improving.”

Chris Wilton, chairman of governors, said: “The governors and I are delighted that the hard work of all the staff and head teacher Mr Staton has resulted in such positive official recognition.

“The Malmesbury community has a fantastic choice of schools both from within the town and in the villages and this adds to the strength of local education provision.”