A PRIMARY school in Taunton has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by the church inspection body.

Staplegrove Church School was given the grade ‘outstanding’ in all areas in its latest inspection from Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).

SIAMS inspector Steve Ford praised the fact that there are high standards of behaviour in the school and he recognised the calm environment.

He said: “The school is clearly identified by its Christian values that are evident throughout the school, embraced by stake holders and appreciated by Christians, non-Christians and non-believers.

“The school’s Christian ethos encourages trust and confidence and clearly leads to the success of its learners.”

School governors were recognised for their active role in promoting high standards and supporting the development of the Christian ethos.

The inspection takes place every five years. The school’s previous inspection also received top marks with an ‘outstanding’ rating.

Headteacher Jenny Venning said that she was delighted to be able to celebrate this success.

Mrs Venning said: “The report reflects the spiritual vibrancy of our school and is a credit to the whole school community.

“Not only does the school nurture the well-being and success of our children it also extends into the excellent relationships we have with parents and our wider community.”