HOOK Junior School is celebrating an ‘outstanding’ achievement.

The school, in Ravenscroft, was given a top rating by inspectors from Ofsted, which visited the premises in March this year.

Inspectors were impressed with the school and in a report published in May stated it was achieving standards “higher than those seen nationally”. It gained ‘outstanding’ in all five of the categories it is marked in.

The report said: “Teachers build on pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding well. Pupils are well prepared for secondary school.

“Pupils’ progress in mathematics, reading and writing is exceptionally strong.

“Teachers ensure that pupils of all abilities are challenged effectively through skilful questioning in lessons. In the one or two cases where pupils have not done quite as well in writing, leaders are taking effective action to ensure that these pupils catch up rapidly.

“Pupils relish challenge in their work. They are not afraid to have a go and get things wrong. Pupils say they learn well from their mistakes.”

It added: “Pupils are courteous and unfailingly polite. Their conduct around the school and in lessons is exemplary.

"Pupils are respectful of each other’s views and opinions. Low level disruption in class is extremely rare.”

Headteacher Lynn Martin said the rating is “a testament to the dedication, commitment and hard work of a team of staff that work closely and effectively to ensure children attending Hook Junior School have the best possible experience and educational outcomes.”

She added: “With additional facilities we have the capacity to accommodate an additional class for each year group and this will enable us to provide for children and families who expect to move into Hook and the surrounding areas.”