BALLOONS filled an infants school as celebrations began to mark its latest Ofsted inspection.
Wallisdean Infants in Fareham has been graded outstanding, up from good.
Inspectors said outstanding teaching ensures that all groups of pupils make great progress.
As a result, since the last inspection, pupils have continued to sustain high standards in reading, writing and maths, which prepares them well for junior school.
And a ‘rich and exciting’ range of subjects means that pupils are keen to learn and thoroughly enjoy school.
To mark the achievement, each child was presented with a balloon for them to take home.
Headteacher Sandra Cammish said: ‘I’m delighted at the news that Ofsted has confirmed what I and my staff have known for some time – that Wallisdean is an outstanding educational establishment.
‘Over the last six years our children’s achievements have improved significantly.
‘Only a few years ago our results in maths and English were categorised as being below the national average.
‘They are now regarded as significantly above expectations.’
The report said that the school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding and that they are very well cared for.
Many parents told inspectors their positive views of the school.
And the headteacher was praised for her leadership, together with senior leaders and governors, who have all helped the school reach the milestone.
Mrs Cammish praised the staff at the school.
‘Since I have been at the school I’ve been supported wholeheartedly by staff, parents and governors, all of whom should be praised for their efforts in helping get the school to the level it is at now,’ she said.
‘Everything we have achieved has only been possible via a well-structured and team-led approach.
‘I firmly believe that this declaration from Ofsted is thoroughly well deserved.
‘It just goes to show what can be achieved through focused dedication and hard work.’
She added: ‘Being regarded as outstanding is a real testament to everyone’s tireless efforts to continually improve the school and, as a consequence, give our children the best possible stepping stone into the future.’
To continue to be outstanding, inspectors said the school should provide more regular opportunities for children to practise in activity times what they have learned while working with adults.