A SCHOOL which has had its share of problems in the past has been praised for the improvements it has managed to achieve in an official report.
An Ofsted report published after Government inspectors visited Sacred Heart Primary School, Church, in November, found standards for pupils aged 11 matched national expectations in English, mathematics and science.
The report said: "The improvement from previous test results reflects the consistently high quality of teaching that pupils are now receiving.''
It adds: "The quality of teaching in English and mathematics is good, and literacy and numeracy are well taught. Particular strengths are in teaching in both the nursery and reception classes and teachers' management and high expectations in most classes, particularly in the lower infants and juniors.''
The inspectors say there are a number of factors which have a detrimental effect on the school including a high turnover of pupils, with 68 either joining or leaving the school at the end of the last academic year.
Sacred Heart caters for a large number of travellers' children and the reports notes that until recently there had been a lack of continuity and stability in leadership and staffing.
It goes on to say that both the headteacher and deputy head are steering the school in the right direction, and they are well supported by staff and governors.
The head of the 196-pupil school, Mrs Jackie Williams, said: "The whole school community is thrilled that the very many things the school does well have been acknowledged by the inspectors and that the hard work of staff and children have also been recognised. We are very proud of our achievement and are committed to improving even more.''
The chairman of the governors, Mr Leo Warren, said: "The governors were very pleased with the report, finding it to be fair and balanced. It recognises the great progress the school has made since the last inspection.
"We are determined to build on this success and will follow the constructive recommendations in the report to enable us to improve even further.''