A CANVEY school where pupils “make excellent progress” and are “happy” to come to class has been praised by Ofsted inspectors.

Leigh Beck Infant School and Nursery, in Point Road, was inspected for the first time in six years on March 20 and 21.

Although the inspection was ungraded, inspectors stated that if a graded inspection takes place, then the school could achieve an “outstanding rating”.

The school, part of the Northwick Park Trust, was rated as good overall in its last full inspection back in 2018.

The report states: “Pupils make excellent progress in their time at the school. As a result of high expectations and highly effective teaching, many pupils achieve very well by the time they leave.

“Pupils enjoy their learning. They talk with excitement about their topics and are knowledgeable about key information learned.

“This is a happy school. Pupils learn clear routines and expectations right from the start.

“Consequently, behaviour is excellent. Pupils support each other at playtimes by being ‘wellbeing warriors’.

“The school has a well-planned curriculum. Pupils experience new learning in carefully sequenced steps.

“The school has trained staff well to teach the different aspects of the curriculum. As a result, lessons are clear and engaging.”

At the time of the inspection there were 302 pupils at the school, all aged between three and seven.

Emma Lane MBE, executive headteacher at Leigh Beck Infant and Nursery Academy and CEO of Northwick Park Trust, said: “We are delighted with the Ofsted report that we have recently received following our inspection in March.

“We are particularly pleased that the inspection recognised and praised the areas that the Trust has been developing, most notably the teaching of reading, due to clear and targeted phonics teaching and that the school has a well-planned curriculum where children experience new learning in carefully sequenced steps.

“Parents and carers will be glad to read that Leigh Beck Infant Academy is a happy school where pupils make excellent progress.”