Pupils and staff at a New Forest school are celebrating being on the way to achieving an 'Outstanding' Ofsted rating.

Calmore Infant School had an ungraded inspection from Ofsted on October 17 and 18 - the first inspection in five years.

The school is rated ‘Good’ but has been told it is likely to be judged ‘outstanding’ at the next graded inspection.

In the report, inspectors praised the school’s curriculum, provisions for students with special educational needs and the range of learning resources available to students.

Writing in the report, the Ofsted inspector said: “This is a school where pupils flourish. They excel academically because the curriculum is so well considered.

“It gives them the knowledge they need to succeed, as well as wider experiences to build their aspirations. Opportunities are available to all.

“Parents and carers are extremely complimentary about the school. They value how well their children are looked after, meaning they are happy and safe.

“Across the school, staff offer pupils a wealth of encouragement, resulting in a kind and nurturing atmosphere.”

Daily Echo: Head teacher of Calmore Infant School, Sarah WillesHead teacher of Calmore Infant School, Sarah Willes (Image: NQ)

Headteacher, Sarah Willes, said: “My proudest achievement to come out of the latest Ofsted inspection is that our staff and students have been recognised for all their hard work since our last report in 2018.

“We are so proud of all the opportunities that come pupils’ way at Calmore – and that has been highlighted by the inspectors.

​“As a school we will continue to provide top quality education for our children.”

Daily Echo: Grace Pratley and Elise Biddlecombe are both in year two at CalmoreGrace Pratley and Elise Biddlecombe are both in year two at Calmore (Image: NQ)

Year 2 pupils Grace Pratley and Elise Biddlecombe, both aged six, said they are both really happy to attend such a good school.

Grace said: “I love all my subjects, but my favourite is maths because I’m really good at my times tables.

“Today we were learning to count in threes but I already knew how to do it.”  

Elise added: “I love coming to school here and being with all my friends. My favourite subject is art because we get to do lots of different paintings – it’s really fun.”