AN IMPROVED village school has been commended for its 'nurturing ethos'.

Marsh Baldon CE Primary School has been upgraded to an Ofsted rating of 'good', following a visit in September.

The school was rated 'requires improvement' in 2016 but the new report states: "The headteacher has inspired staff to raise their expectations.

"She has led rapid improvements to behaviour and the quality of education.

"Consequently, pupils’ outcomes have quickly improved."

New headteacher Beccy Harris took up post in September last year, and the inspector heaped praise on her efforts.

The report, published on Wednesday, stated: "Her determination to improve behaviour and the quality of teaching has been embraced by staff."

Ofsted also said the school was offering an 'engaging, richer range of experiences and activities'.

The document added that there was a 'nurturing ethos' and 'strong sense of community' in the 59-pupil primary school, located in Marsh Baldon south of Oxford.

It stated: "The personal development and welfare of pupils are at the heart of all that the school does.

"All pupils are very well cared for in this happy and friendly village school.

"Older pupils enthusiastically support younger ones during break times and lunchtimes."