A multi-purpose learning centre has come through an Ofsted inspection with flying colours.

The Ace Centre, in Chipping Norton, is part of a pilot project to measure the effectiveness of multi-purpose early excellence centres.

It provides a range of learning and leisure opportunities for children and adults on one site. Government schools' inspectors visited the centre in November and, in a report published last week, said Ace had made a positive impact on the community.

The report added: "The success can be attributed to good features in teaching, secure management and a strong sense of team working. The centre is enthusiastically led and provides a firm base for children's and adults' future learning."

Ace Centre director Sue Clempson said: "Inspired by the investment made by the Department of Education to Chipping Norton, myself and my deputy Sue Webster came with a vision for the centre to be the town's nucleus of opportunity. We are both pleased that after only seven months this vision was identified by the Ofsted team."

The Ace Centre offers education, care, and support for children and their families in and around Chipping Norton.

It can provide full-time day care to 22 children aged five or under, and there are 80 part-time places for children aged three to five.

The after-school club caters for 24 children aged five to 14, and in the school holidays there is a playscheme for 32 youngsters.

The adult education and computer training departments offer courses and support.

A family centre supports parents and carers and provides learning activities for young children.