A SALISBURY school has been graded outstanding by inspectors evaluating the extent to which it is a "distinctively and recognisably" Christian institution.

St Martin's Primary School was praised for its "highly effective inclusion practices" which ensure that "every child" is supported in achieving to the "very best" of their ability.

It underwent the inspection by the National Society of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) on March 13.

The report recognised the school operated in a "challenging context" with the number of children eligible for pupil premium (funding geared at supporting disadvantaged children)

being "well above the average", as is the number of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs.

Other outstanding areas included the "wise and reflective" Christian leadership and pupils' respect for diverse cultures and beliefs.

Around two thirds of the children on roll are from white British backgrounds with the remainder representing a range of other ethic heritages. A fifth of the children have English as an additional language.

The report states: "The headteacher has worked alongside the well-established staff in order to fully understand the needs and challenges of this complex school. Her leadership model of reviewing, evaluating, modelling and coaching, and ultimately delegating, is bringing about robust church school improvement."

It listed just two areas to improve - to ensure that the key values of the school were consistently explored within worship and to further develop the shared interpretation of spirituality within the school community.

Headteacher Kate Chisnall, who joined the school in September 2013, said: "We are very proud that our inclusiveness, based on our Christian ethos, has been recognised, ensuring children reach their full potential.

"The children spoke articulately with the inspector and they were praised for their empathy for diversity and different faiths.

"The whole school community can rightly feel very proud of this excellent achievement."