Whatfield Primary School staff celebrated this week after securing a “good” Ofsted rating.
The school, which has just 39 pupils, was inspected over two days last month and was rated as good in all areas – Ofsted’s second highest rating.
Inspector Robert Greatrex was impressed with the school’s “can-do attitude” and the range of activities for pupils.
Headteacher Lynne Golding said: “I am delighted with the recognition by Ofsted that this small school can offer individualised learning which helps all pupils achieve their best.
“I am rightly proud of the quality of provision we can offer. In this school, children’s learning comes first,” she added.
Mr Greatrex praised the extra help less-able pupils are given, the positive relationships between staff and pupils, the “outstanding” social development of pupils and the way Mrs Golding and school governors monitor performance.
He said the reasons Whatfield Primary School was not yet rated as “outstanding” were that marking could be more helpful and writing tasks could be improved.
The school has improved on its rating from two years ago, when the last inspection ranked it as “satisfactory” overall.