A PRIMARY school has moved from ‘strength to strength’ according to its latest Ofsted report

Leven Valley CE Primary School, in Backbarrow, received its first Ofsted inspection in four years in which it was praised for its outdoors emphasis.

It continued its good rating with extra commendation for its student individuality and mentorship.

Parents also expressed their delight over the high standards maintained, with one describing the school as 'wonderful and extremely well led by great staff, who help children to always be their best.'

Head teacher Ian Nicol said he believed the school's continued progress is due to the support given by teachers, parents and the community.

“We are delighted by the report, which is proof that the work done by our teachers, parents and local community is paying off," he said.

“The warm response by parents makes us want to do even better, furthering our commitment to improving students’ vocabulary and mathematics skills.

“Our smaller class sizes allow us to familiarise with the students as individuals, and with our location we are able to focus a lot of attention on outdoors learning too.”

The report said: "You ensure that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is fostered well. Pupils learn about other cultures and faiths. They are well prepared for life in modern Britain."

The Church of England school teaches 70 students between the ages of four and 11, incorporating the ‘Forest schools’ approach that uses the environment as an outdoor classroom.

The schools marked improvement has been recognised in its satisfactory rating of ten years ago changing to good in 2011.