DAVENHAM Primary School has been rated ‘good’ in a recent inspection by a government watchdog.

An Ofsted report from before Christmas gave the school the second highest available rating, with particular praise for children’s behaviour, attitudes and personal development.

These aspects of the school were rated outstanding, while education, leadership and management and early years provision were all good.

The school was visited by Ofsted inspectors Elizabeth Stevens, Christine Howard and Suzanne Blay in November.

Their report said: “Pupils describe the school as exciting, friendly and happy. The school is attractive and well resourced. It is decorated with beautiful examples of pupils’ artwork.

“Pupils enjoy their lessons and the wide range of experiences that leaders plan for them.”

Children commented to inspectors that such experiences helped ‘push you to your limits, so you’re not scared’, and said teachers were helpful with any worries or concerns.

The report added: “Pupils behave exceptionally well. Bullying is very rare and pupils feel safe. They are proud members of this welcoming school.”

There was also praise for a ‘broad and exciting’ curriculum, with new plans currently being rolled out across a number of subjects. Among these were changes to methods of teaching younger children phonics, which inspectors highlighted as a chance to improve.

They said: “Leaders need to check that curriculum plans across different subjects, including geography and history, are having the intended impact in strengthening pupils’ knowledge and understanding over time.

“In the early years, teachers plan activities which build on children’s previous learning. This is less evident in the early years outdoor classroom. Leaders need to make sure that teachers provide planned opportunities for children to extend their learning outdoors.”

Safeguarding was also singled out for praise, with inspectors saying: “The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.”

“Leaders work closely with other agencies and professionals to ensure that pupils and their families get support when needed.

“Pupils learn how to stay safe when using technology. Pupils know that they should speak to an adult in school if they are concerned about anything.”