A SCHOOL where pupils 'thrive' is closing in on Ofsted's prestigious top standard.

Stockham Primary School in Wantage has received a glowing report from the regulator, in which an inspector said he suspected it was 'improving towards being outstanding'.

The short inspection resulted in its previous rating of 'good' being awarded again, but it has been recommended for a full inspection next time so Ofsted can assess it more thoroughly.

A letter sent to headteacher Ruth Burbank, following the visit in March, said the school's motto 'soaring high' captures staff members' ambition, which is instilled in pupils.

The report added: "Pupils thrive because teachers have high expectations and provide guidance and support within the interesting, stimulating and wide-ranging curriculum.

"The many strengths of the school noted in the last inspection have flourished.

"Staff are united in their unwavering commitment to keeping pupils safe."

Ofsted said the 200-pupil school had a 'strong family ethos' and a 'tangible sense of the school community working together'.

Staff members were said to take on improvement plans with 'verve and tenacity'.

Commenting on the report, Mrs Burbank said: "I am extremely proud of what we have achieved - we certainly are 'soaring high'.

"Visitors to the school always mention what a happy family feel we have in the school and how happy pupils and staff are.

"We look after and nurture each other.

"Our supportive governors and parents are a credit to the school."