AN 'aspirational' ethos and strong teaching has secured Ofsted success for an Oxford primary school.

St Nicholas' Primary School in Marston has been rated 'good' by the regulator, following its first inspection in five years.

The 456-pupil school, situated next to the planned site for Oxford's new Swan School, was inspected at the end of April.

A report released by Ofsted on Monday said: "The headteacher [Paula Phillips] and senior leaders have worked together effectively to create an aspirational culture.

"The curriculum is engaging, and pupils achieve well.

"The headteacher has an insightful view of the school’s strengths and weaknesses.

" Staff feel valued and respected by leaders."

The school had not been inspected since 2013, when it was also rated good.

Ofsted's new report stated: "Teachers ask questions that probe pupils’ understanding in detail and challenge them appropriately.

"Teachers ensure that pupils read books that sustain their interest and enrich their vocabulary."

The report also praised pupils as confident and keen learners, adding: "They enter classrooms in a calm and purposeful manner, ready to learn."

The school's headteacher appeared in the Oxford Mail earlier this year, after winning a national weightlifting title.