A village primary school is celebrating after Ofsted inspectors rated it ‘Good’ following their latest inspection.  

Little Paxton Primary School was previously graded “Requires Improvement” in its last Ofsted inspection which happened just before the pandemic lockdowns in 2020. 

But inspectors commented on the school’s “significant improvements” since that last visit, describing it as a “happy school” in their final report.  

It said: “Little Paxton is a happy school where children are welcomed by the adults who support and care for them. 

“This helps pupils to feel safe.” 

The school received the ‘Good’ grade in all five of the key areas inspected: the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision.  

Inspectors said they observed “children playing nicely together” and commented on how the pupils “are polite and treated others with kindness”.  

The report said: “Lessons are fun and engaging. This motivates pupils to try their best. Pupils are proud when their efforts are praised.  

“This includes pupils who are disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.”  

The Ofsted inspection took place on February 27 and 28 of this year.  

To improve, staff have been advised to assess pupils’ progress in a few foundation subjects and to work on their personal development curriculum which aims to prepare children for life in modern Britain.  

Rebekah Owen, head of Little Paxton and a former pupil herself, said: “I am beyond proud of our fantastic inspection report and that we are officially a good school.  

“It is a fabulous report and really does celebrate the amazing work that has gone into making Little Paxton the best it can be, particularly since September.  

“Our school is special and unique and this report really shows that off to the world.” 

Maxine Howells, the school’s chair of governors, congratulated “the school community on their success in making Little Paxton Primary School such a great place for the children to learn and thrive”.