A PRIMARY school has been praised for “maintaining the good quality of education” since its last Ofsted inspection.

Cottingley Village Primary was visited by inspectors last month, who have now revealed the school has retained the “good” rating they awarded it in 2012.

The new report describes the school, on Cottingley Moor Road, as offering “a caring, nurturing and inclusive family atmosphere where pupils learn in an environment of trust and respect”.

It also praises the school’s head teacher and leadership team for delivering significant improvements since the last inspection.

Head teacher Nichola Geale said: “We are very pleased with this report. What comes across very clearly is that the school has a strong sense of family and that everyone from our staff, pupils, parents and governors are proud to be a part of it.

“It is good to see Ofsted recognise the improvements we have made over the last five years. We work tenaciously to ensure all our pupils are well supported to make progress.”

The report also says pupils are "well mannered" and enjoy going to school, and they also make good progress up to the end of Key Stage Two with some making better gains in reading, writing and maths than the national average for 11-year-olds.

Inspectors found that there was a "strong culture" of safeguarding in the school, which was ranked in the top five per cent in the Bradford district for how regularly children attend.

The school’s chair of governors Jo Reynard said: “We are delighted with the outcome.

"Having seen the commitment the staff and students have to the school it is a real boost to be recognised in this way. The governors recognise the school is outstanding in many areas and continues to develop in these trying times with limited budgets.”

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s executive member for education, employment and skills, said: “This is a very positive report.

"Not only have Ofsted found that Cottingley Village Primary School continues to provide a good standard of education but they recognise that it is an improving school which is helping its pupils to make good progress in a caring and supportive environment. My congratulations go to everyone at the school.”