ST ANNE’S Catholic Primary School is “outstanding” in every area, according to inspectors who visited from Ofsted.

The school, in Pinkerton Road, South Ham, Basingstoke, is one of a small minority to be given the top grading from the watchdog.

Headteacher Jakki Alexander said: “We got outstanding in all areas and it was a glowing report – I am pleased. It’s all about the commitment of the staff, children and parents.

“We have a fantastic community here. I took over in April 2009, and the marks steadily went up.”

The report described Mrs Alexander and her senior leadership team as “aspirational”, adding: “They have established a climate for learning in which all pupils, regardless of circumstances, will succeed.”

Inspectors found that pupils make outstanding progress in reading, writing and maths, which is “significantly above the average by the end of Year 6.”

Lessons were described as “imaginative and exceptional”.

The inspectors added: “Teaching is typically imaginative and lively and captures pupils’ interest and enthusiasm. Teachers have very high expectations and they provide a high level of challenge for pupils in all lessons.

“Teachers are particularly skilled at asking probing questions and providing opportunities for pupils to share their ideas and talk about their work, and this helps them to make outstanding progress.”

The Ofsted team found that pupils at St Anne’s love going to school, which is reflected in their above-average attendance.

The report said: “They feel safe in the stimulating environment into which they are warmly welcomed. All pupils are valued for the unique contribution they made to the school, fostering good relationships between adults and pupils.”

Pupils were said to behave “exceptionally well in all lessons, including those led by support staff or external specialists, such as sport coaches. They want to learn and they say other pupils never disrupt lessons.

“Pupils’ behaviour around the school and the playground is exemplary. They are considerate and take care, mindful that some younger pupils can find break times rather overwhelming.”

See today's Gazette for a School Report feature on St Anne's Catholic Primary School.