PUPILS are proud to be learning in a school that is a bully-free zone.
And the children at Mount Pleasant Primary, Clayton-le-Moors, are confident that if bullying did occur the staff would deal with it immediately, according to a glowing Ofsted report published this week.
The report says pupils have developed strong moral and social values which is reflected in their very positive attitudes and exemplary behaviour.
It adds: "Parents and pupils say that the vast majority really enjoy coming to school. Attendance is satisfactory and improving. Pupils speak warmly of their teachers and enjoy the many exciting tasks and activities planned for them both in and out of school."
The Goverment inspector, who visited the 371-pupil Earl Street school last month, agrees with the school's own assessment that Mount Pleasant is a good school, well-led and well-managed.
He says that despite several staff changes since the last inspection, improvements have led to consistently good teaching and pupil achievement.
Lessons are effectively planned for pupils of different abilities and the higher-attaining children are suitably challenged.
The report adds: "A good programme of personal, social and health education, including sex education and the effects of drugs, is well planned to help pupils cope with dangers and changes in their lives."
The care and welfare of pupils is embedded in the school's work and is described as outstanding.
The inspector says: "Parents greatly appreciate the support they get from the school and are overwhelmingly pleased with the way the school looks after their children."
Headteacher Anne Duke and her senior management team are praised for promoting a shared sense of direction, commitment and responsibility throughout the school, with a strong emphasis on ensuring that all learners succeed.
But the inspector says the school should ensure pupils develop a better understanding of the daily lives and traditions of children from different cultures.
And it could provide more opportunities for pupils to write about their ideas, opinions and feelings in lessons.
Chairman of governors Mr Sam Moore said: "The governors are absolutely delighted with the report which shows the dedication of staff at Mount Pleasant and the progress which has been made. The pupils always work hard and give of their best."