Amesbury Archer Primary School's most recent Ofsted report rated them 'Good' in all areas, after several years of 'Requires Improvement'.

This was the first Ofsted inspection since the school, on Shears Drive, Amesbury, converted to an academy in October 2020.

According to the report, the curriculum is thoughtfully designed, the pupils are "happy" at school, and they "feel safe and well cared for".

Among other activities, the pupils enjoy walking Callie, the school dog.

The two-form primary school had been rated as Requires Improvement in Ofsted inspections since 2014, before gaining academy status.

They were last rated 'Good' in February 2011.

Headteacher Helen Donnelly, who joined the school in September 2018, said: "I'm absolutely delighted. The school has been at 'Requires Improvement' for seven years, so we've had three of those judgements.

"We're now the 'Good' primary school in Amesbury, which is great for us as well.

“I have been so impressed with the team spirit and sheer determination I have seen from staff and pupils since I joined. There has been a really strong resolve from all stakeholders in the school to work together to prove that we really are a ‘Good’ school.

"Becoming an academy has been a positive thing for the school in many different ways."

The head adds that she is keen to build on this success: “We all work tirelessly for the children and parents of our community and will continue to do so and aim high.”

The report also commended the school for its focus on reading: “learning to read is at the heart of the school’s work” and “there are high expectations that all pupils will be confident and fluent readers”.

Inspectors found that "leaders and staff encourage pupils to aim high in all that they do".

Amesbury Archer Primary School takes pupils aged 4 to 11 and the school's capacity is 420 pupils.

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