A PRIMARY school has been praised by an inspector for its "friendly, caring and supportive" environment.

Inspectors from Ofsted visited Great Bardfield Primary School, on Braintree Road, Great Bardfield, on January 10 and rated the school as ‘good’ for the second visit in a row.

The report stated: “Pupils learn in a friendly, caring and supportive environment that enables them to develop positive attitudes towards learning and achieving their best.

“All of the pupils I spoke to enjoy coming to school and are proud of their school.”

Headteacher Alison Kerrell was also praised by the inspector for her passion for providing pupils with a high-quality education and her insightful leadership

Mrs Kerrell said: “We are over the moon and delighted especially with all the hard work that has gone in this year.

“It is down to the hard work of the governors and the volunteers and the people who have worked so hard in the past three years since I took over.

“We try to teach the children to be resilient and not to be afraid to make mistakes.

“The children are not afraid to take risks with their learning and I think that has really helped a number of children.

“The children love coming to school and it is lovely to see.

“After a holiday they come running through the gates and they love being here.”