A SCHOOL has embraced an 'inspirational and energetic' approach to teaching, according to Ofsted.

An inspector has piled praise on Drayton Community Primary School near Abingdon, after visiting last month.

A letter sent by Ofsted to headteacher Marc Knight, which was published last week, stated: "After taking up your post three years ago, you have systematically and thoughtfully made changes that have improved the school.

"Pupils are enthused by the positive atmosphere that you and your staff have created.

"The emphasis you place on academic excellence, as well as the arts, inspires and energises the entire community."

Ofsted re-awarded the school's previous rating of 'good', which was given in 2014.

The latest report, addressing Mr Knight, added: "You, your leadership team and the governors, are determined that the experiences pupils have while at the school are of the highest quality.

"We [inspectors] were struck by how effective teachers’ and assistants’ practice in questioning was in most classes, including in reception.

"They often asked probing questions which required pupils and children to think deeply.

"Pupils praised the school highly and all said they felt safe.

"One said it was a 'wonderful place'."

The school in Drayton has made considerable improvements since 2012, when it was pulled up on shortcomings and rated the equivalent of 'requires improvement'.

Mr Knight told the Oxford Mail he was 'proud' to be head of the growing school.