A PRIMARY school near Wantage is celebrating after being rated 'Good', in its first Ofsted inspection since becoming an academy.

East Hanney's St James Church of England Primary School was deemed to have 'created a culture of care and aspiration', following the inspection in early October.

Inspector Lucy English wrote: "Pupils are confident and well behaved. They display a love of learning and are proud of their school, especially the buddy system.

"Current pupils make good progress across most aspects of the curriculum, especially with reading."

Giving the school the second-highest rating, she continued: "Leaders and the trust provide highly effective support and professional development, which have improved teaching and pupils’ outcomes."

Headteacher Janice Peacock said: “The whole school community is delighted with our report. It highlights how we all work together as a cohesive team with a shared ambition.”

The small village school converted to become an academy and joined the Vale Academy Trust in March 2016.

Ofsted recommended that the school needed to 'develop subject and middle leaders' and 'improve teaching and learning in mathematics'.

It said that parents 'are overwhelmingly positive about the school'.