A PRIMARY school in Taunton has improved its Ofsted rating.

Wellsprings Primary School has now been rated as 'good' following a visit in July 2019.

The school has made progress since being rated 'requires improvement' in 2017 and is now rated 'good' in all five areas including development, effectiveness of leadership, and quality of teaching.

Headteacher, Mark Lunn, said: "I am thrilled for the staff, children, parents and carers within the school, as the report is the culmination of a lot of hard work to make long-term improvements across the school.

"I know the Ofsted team were impressed with the leadership qualities of not just the staff, but pupils as well, who take an active role within the school."

The report stated 'staff morale' was high, while leaders support staff to feel empowered and to fulfill their roles and responsibilities.

Ofsted also identified strengths in the pastoral care of the pupils, noting that staff know their children well.

It was also acknowledged that children now make good progress, especially children with special educational needs, which was something the authority had previously highlighted as an improvement area.

The inspector said: "The headteacher has developed an effective leadership team.

"Leaders are ambitious for pupils to be successful, including in their personal, social and emotional development.

"Governors have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. They are firm in holding leaders to account for their actions.

"The leadership of early reading and phonics is particularly strong.

"Teaching supports pupils effectively, including those with SEND and disadvantaged pupils, to catch up well."

The Early Years Foundation Stage was also praised. The teachers ensure the early years environment is 'well organised' and they manage to provide an 'enticing, enriching and vibrant provision' for the children.

The report also highlighted areas in which the school can further improve.

The inspector said some improvement could be made in key skills in relation to writing and spelling, along with curriculum developments which the school has already identified and is working on. The report also noted the movement by pupils around the school needed to be more 'efficient' to support better routines.