A VILLAGE school is somewhere that pupils simply love attending, according to education inspectors.

Belmont Primary youngsters told Ofsted officials that 'the best thing about their school is learning with friends, finding out exciting things and being cared for by adults'.

Inspectors rated the schools as good with outstanding features, adding it was on is was on its way to the top banding.

It was reported: "Pupils behave outstandingly well. They enjoy coming to school.

"Attendance is exceptionally high and they are proud ambassadors for their school."

Pupils are said to be on track to achieve 'well above average' standards in the key stage two national curriculum tests with teachers and teaching assistants planning activities which fire children's imagination.

The report found Year Six children are 'attaining well above expected standards for their age' and standards reached by children at the end of key stage one have been well above average for at least the last five years.

Headteacher Judith Peel said: "We are so pleased that our Ofsted report recognised the development of the 'whole child' at Belmont Primary, and the development of real life skills, as well as good academic achievement in maths and English.

"We were delighted to receive the 'outstanding' grading for behaviour and safety."