A SCHOOL where leaders with "steely determination" allow "confident" pupils to thrive continues to be good, say education watchdogs.

Ofsted inspected Hatfield Peverel Infant and Nursery School and had high praise for pupils and what it is like to attend the school, saying they “enjoy coming to school, and play and learn together extremely well”.

It added: “Pupils’ behaviour is calm and purposeful.

“Clear routines and adults’ high expectations of pupils mean that the school is a very happy and calm environment.

“If pupils become upset or need time to relax, the Calm Cubby in the playground provides a quiet space.

“Pupils can recognise their feelings and know what to do if, for example, they feel angry or sad.”

The report also highlighted the strength of the leaders and curriculum.

It said: “Leaders have a steely determination that all pupils will thrive. They have created a culture where all adults share this vision.

“Pupils, including those with special educational needs or disabilities experience an ambitious curriculum and learn well.

“Teachers have strong subject knowledge in the subjects they teach, and they skilfully implement the curriculum.”

Headteacher Mary Gurr said: “This is a glowing report, and we are all very proud.

“It is both delightful and gratifying to read the praise and recognition of all the hard work, commitment and high standards of teaching and learning in the school.

"I am so proud and privileged to be the headteacher of this school where ‘leaders have a steely determination that all pupils will thrive’ and where staff ‘skilfully implement the curriculum’.

“I agree wholeheartedly that our school is a very happy and calm environment, where the children are put first and enjoy coming to school.

“All of the adults in the school share the same vision - to provide the best for our children and bring out the best of their abilities and talents.

“The children are of course the star of the show and shone in so many ways during the inspection.”