A PRIMARY school is celebrating a rapid turnaround following its best Ofsted report in a decade.

Queen Emma's Primary School, Witney, was judged 'good' across the board by inspectors last month, after receiving ratings of 'unsatisfactory' and 'requires improvement' for the last 10 years.

The result means the MILL Academy Trust, which runs Queen Emma's, Witney's The Henry Box School and Finstock Primary School, is one of the few trusts across the country that can boast all its schools as 'good'.

Inspectors wrote that the trust's support was 'instrumental' to the school's improvement, adding it had 'successfully developed a strong ethos and culture' alongside leaders and governors.

The organisation's director of education, Vicky Musson, was praised for her 'inspirational' ambition and enthusiasm and she believes the good report has vindicated the MILL Academy's approach to education.

Miss Musson said: "We've put our hearts and souls into the school and we were quite emotional when we received the report.

"It's terrible for a community when its school has been the worst in town."

She added: "I'm so incredibly proud of everyone - we have a fantastic community who have supported the staff in making the necessary changes to the way we lead and manage the school.

"Our school improvement model is based on being research informed.

"The Queen Emma’s way might not work for other schools, but it works for us.

"Our school is visibly flourishing."

The MILL Academy took over the school in October 2015 - the same month it was judged as requiring improvement by Ofsted.

Since then, the trust has urged staff to put more emphasis on inclusion, mental health and wellbeing and this was picked up by inspectors visiting Queen Emma's on September 11 and 12.

The report stated 'broad curriculum experiences', including school trips and visits, contributed to 'pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding'.

It also referred to this year's upturn in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATS results, which saw pupils improve in every measure.

Queen Emma's has had plenty to shout about in recent weeks, with headteacher Phil Jacobs and two other 'senior leaders' joining at the start of the academic year.

Wendy Hemmingsley, chief executive and headteacher of The Henry Box School said: "We are delighted that Ofsted have recognised the strengths of all three schools and particularly that the community of Queen Emma’s can be proud of their school.

"We have had amazing support from our families and it’s been a tremendous team effort."

Finstock Primary School received a short Ofsted inspection last month, where it remained 'good'.

Inspectors added that ‘the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection', while noting parents were happy with performance.

One parent commented that their children had 'never been happier'.