A primary school has retained its 'outstanding' Ofsted grade, the highest rating the inspection body can award.

St Peter’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School in Wigley Bush Lane in Brentwood was given Ofsted's top grade in a report published last month.

This followed an inspection on November 29 and 30 last year.

It attained 'outstanding' in all criteria, including quality of education, behaviour and attitudes and personal development.

"Pupils flourish in the culture of high expectations and care at this school," the report read. 

"There is a strong, shared vision and teamwork between all the adults in school," it was added.

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St Peter's was praised for keeping students engaged in lessons and for high attainment.

"They [pupils] are attentive and settle eagerly to the tasks set for them," the report read. "Pupils achieve exceptionally well."

Behaviour was another factor which St Peter's was praised for.

"Pupils embody the school values such as being trustworthy, respectful and friendly," the report read.

"These guide their behaviours and understanding of the rules," it continued. "As a result, pupils’ behaviour is exemplary."

School societies, including history and book clubs, were also given recognition for helping pupils develop their interests and talents.

"Pupils work with staff to shape some of this provision, such as the history club, which they requested, or the book club they help to run," the report stated. 

"Parents appreciate the care and commitment of staff," it added.

The safeguarding arrangements for St Peter's have been classed as effective, and staff were praised for helping pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

"Staff are swift to identify barriers for pupils with SEND," the report read. "All pupils have their needs met exceptionally well, enabling them to benefit from the excellent curriculum provided," it added.

The latest Ofsted rating comes a number of years since its previous inspection in June 2009, when it was also rated 'outstanding'.

The school was contacted for comment.