STAFF and pupils at a Hampshire school are celebrating after it was rated "good" by independent inspectors.

Ofsted has saluted the progress made by Wildground Junior School in Dibden Purlieu since its last inspection in 2014, when it was described as "requiring improvement".

The latest report is full of praise for the changes made by executive head teacher Amanda Mullett and her senior colleagues.

It says: "The executive headteacher and head of school, together with the governors, are united and committed in their drive and ambition to improve standards and leadership at all levels.

"As a result of this determination and commitment, the school has improved since the last inspection.

"Continuous monitoring and support have led to consistently good progress and outcomes across the school in reading, writing and mathematics.

"Parents are very supportive of leaders and the school. They feel that the school caters well for the individual needs of pupils.

"All groups of pupils learn well and make good progress from their starting points. By the end of Year 6, results are broadly average, or above, in all subjects."

The report describes teaching at the school as "consistently good", with lesson that holds pupils’ interest.

It adds: "Pupils are a credit to their school. Their behaviour is good and they are polite, confident and articulate individuals.

"Bullying is rare. If it does occur, it is very well managed.

"Safeguarding is very effective and pupils are well cared for by all staff. Pupils feel safe and happy at school.

"It is not yet an outstanding school because a minority of pupils are not sufficiently challenged to make rapid progress to exceed expectations.

"Some areas of the curriculum do not provide enough depth of knowledge for pupils to apply their learned skills."

Executive head teacher Amanda Mullett said: "I am extremely pleased that the school has been graded as good in all areas of Ofsted.

"Over the last two-and-a-half-years the school has been very committed to improving and it is great that the fantastic work that happens at Wildground is validated.

"I am extremely proud of the whole school community who work together to ensure great outcomes for our children."