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SIX primary schools in Portsmouth are doing such an excellent job Ofsted inspectors have decided to postpone their visits for more than a year.

Meon Juniors, Court Lane Infants, Goldsmith Infants, Medina Primary, Penhale Infants and St Paul’s Catholic Primary – all rated ‘good’ – will not be inspected before the summer of 2013.

They have all been judged to be performing strongly in attainment across all groups of students, including special needs youngsters and those on free school meals.

The news comes as a tougher Ofsted framework introduced in January has seen schools’ ratings across The News’ region plummet.

Wimborne Juniors in Southsea and Front Lawn Infants in Leigh Park, fell from ‘good with outstanding features’.

Louise Linscott, head of Meon Juniors, which boasted the second best Key Stage 2 results for school leavers last year, said: ‘This is excellent news for the city. And I just want to say thank you to my staff who do a terrific job day in and day out.’