A SCHOOL that broke away from the local authority to become an academy has been given “good” marks by the Government’s education watchdog.

Eagley Infants Academy in Bromley Cross is celebrating after its first Ofsted inspection described it as good with outstanding features.

Findings of the inspection include that all pupils make good progress and that school leaders “show determination and are highly effective in driving the school forward”. Pupils’ achievement and quality of teaching was found to be good while behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management was outstanding.

Ofsted inspectors reported: “Pupils’ enjoyment of school is shown by their aboveaverage attendance and consistent punctuality.

“Relationships at all levels are excellent and play a key role in the welcoming and friendly atmosphere that exists within school. “They respond to lessons with evident enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning.”

Inspectors singled out headteacher Catherine Antwis for praise, describing her as a “highly ambitious”

head and the governors were highlighted for maintaining the “relentless drive for improvement”.

Mrs Antwis said: “I am particularly pleased that the inspectors valued the aspects that make our school such a special place to be.”

The Ofsted report said the school has made significant progress since being judged as satisfactory in November 2010.

Gail Flood, chairman of Governors, said: “Since becoming an academy it has been an exciting time, and we have had the freedom to make our own decisions about shaping the future of our school.

“We have worked hard as a team, and I am proud that the report recognises the determination and effectiveness of all staff and governors in driving the school forward.

“We could not have received such a positive report without the hard work and support of staff, pupils and parents.”