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A PRIMARY school is celebrating after receiving a better grade in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Weedon Bec Primary School made the leap from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’ when the inspectors’ report was published last week.

The school said the main reason for it going up a grade is the extra responsibilities it has given to its youngsters.

Examples of the school going beyond the core curriculum include a group of 32 pupils joining children from across the country in the Young Voices concert at the NEC in Birmingham on November 23.

Headteacher Anthony Witheyman said: “They were singing a wide range of songs. Everything from Bright Eyes to Lady Gaga.

“We applied as a school and we were lucky to get the chance to go and all of the pupils had a really amazing time. We had a lot of parents go up on the day and it was really fantastic.”

The school also made models of Pudsey Bear, which featured on the Children in Need telethon.

And teachers have introduced a buddy system where Year Six children help youngsters in the Reception Class during lessons.

The visit by Ofsted inspectors was a surprise for the school.

Mr Witheyman added: “We only found out on the Friday before they visited on the Wednesday. We were honest and up front and said this is how the school is run, we didn’t put anything on just for them.

“There has been a lot of effort from the staff, the children and the previous headteacher to get this improvement.”

The school is now aiming to reach the ‘outstanding’ grade and the Ofsted report suggests ways it can improve, including using computers more and improving the reading, writing and maths skills of Key Stage One pupils.