'HIGH aspirations' of a new headteacher have helped to keep up standards at a school near Woodstock.

Finstock CE Primary School has maintained its previous Ofsted rating of 'good', following an inspection last month.

A letter sent by an inspector to headteacher Laura Dodgson-Hatto said: "The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

"You have very recently started in your role but have already shared high aspirations and expectations clearly to staff and governors, to aim for the very best outcomes for all pupils.

"Parents and carers confirm that their children are happy, safe and looked after well.

"They like how the teachers and learning support assistants know their children very well.

"One parent said 'my children have never been happier'".

The small village primary school in Finstock was described as a 'the safest place' by one pupil the inspector spoke to.

Ofsted last visited in 2013, when the school was also rated 'good', and it has since converted to an academy.

Ofsted's report said pupils make 'rapid progress' and changes had led to 'greater consistency in the quality of teaching'.

It added: "Pupils enjoy coming to school.

"Their behaviour is good in classrooms and around the school, and they are respectful to one another."

The 81-pupil school is run by the MILL Academy, which also oversees The Henry Box School and Queen Emma's Primary School in Witney.

The latter school was also rated 'good' earlier this month.