STAFF and pupils at a Chandler's Ford school are celebrating after being described as outstanding in their latest inspection report.

Ofsted said Hiltingbury Junior School had exciting lessons, a sense of belonging and excellent leadership.

The school in Hiltingbury Road has continued to improve, with pupils looking forward to lessons and achieving the highest grades.

There were a wide range of key features that inspectors were impressed with, including each of the 396 pupils developing a powerful sense of school community, where they feel valued and cared for.

The report said: "This is an outstanding school that meets its school motto of Learning, Caring and Achieving Together' exceptionally well.

"The excellent quality of education leads to pupils making outstanding progress in both academic and personal development."

"Pupils enjoy lessons because the work that is planned captures their interest and it excites them."

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The success of the school was also heavily attributed to the strong leadership of head teacher Sophy Blakeway.

The report added: "Her leadership and management are outstanding and governors recognise that she is pivotal to the success of the school."

Thrilled with their latest success, Ms Blakeway said: "We are particularly pleased with the report as we have improved even from our last Ofsted in 2004. We have been given a grade 1 in every single category.

"This is a fantastic reflection of the skills and dedication of all the staff at the school and one that we are very proud of.

"Staff and pupils can really celebrate this report as an endorsement of the work that they do."