A school in Suffolk has been rated 'Good' by Ofsted for the first time in its 10-year history.

St Christopher's Church of England Primary School in Red Lodge has been rated as 'Good' after being placed in 'Special Measures' just two years after opening.

The school was rated as 'Requires Improvement' in the last inspection in 2019, but after "lots of hard work", has received 'Good' for the first time since opening.

Pupils at the school were praised for their "mature and positive attitudes" towards learning, and they are "polite and considerate of each other".

Headteacher Caroline James said: "We are extremely pleased and proud of the staff and the children and have seen a marked improvement in all areas, particularly in the quality of education.

"We are particularly proud of the quality of education, our early years provision, leadership and management."

Inspectors found that since the last report, "leaders have acted to improve the teaching of reading" and in turn, this has led to pupils saying they "enjoy reading for pleasure at home".

Ipswich Star: Pupils and staff at St Christopher's in Red Lodge are celebrating after their first ever 'Good' ratingPupils and staff at St Christopher's in Red Lodge are celebrating after their first ever 'Good' rating (Image: St Christopher's)

Mrs James continued: "What was emphasised by the inspectors was our passion for giving pupils the skills they need to thrive in the future, and helping them live and breathe the values that we stand for as a school.

"This includes giving our pupils responsibility, encouraging independence and boosting confidence.

"Our year six house captains lead celebration worship on a Friday, other year six pupils take on all the setup of the school hall, and they carry out roles as librarians, office helpers and manage the eco council."

The report also said that "bullying is very rare" at the school and there are some pupils who are trained to be anti-bullying ambassadors.

The curriculum has been praised as well, stating staff had "developed a curriculum which ensures pupils understand the importance of vital values".

Mrs James said: "In the last two years we have introduced a whole new maths framework which has made a big difference and we embrace whole class reading which our children really enjoy.

"This hasn't been a simple journey and a lot of hard work has been done by a lot of people to achieve this standard."