PUPILS, parents and staff are 'delighted' with the outcome of a recent school inspection.

Beaminster School was rated 'good' by Ofsted inspectors, who praised the school for continuing to improve.

Inspectors confirmed that the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education at Beaminster, as well as acknowledging the developments the school has made since it was last inspected in 2013.

They reviewed a broad range of areas during their visit, and were complimentary about the curriculum and levels of challenge.

The report states: 'Pupils are offered courses which prepare them for the widest range of career pathways, including entry into the best universities.'

In addition to recognising the high quality of teaching, headteacher Keith Hales was also delighted that the ethos and character of the school had 'shone through'.

He said: “Encouragingly, the inspection team noted our drive to raise the aspirations of all pupils, our strong commitment to inclusion and the positive relationships between staff and students. Also, particularly pleasing were the comments from the inspector that 'staff know the pupils well and are able to support them effectively. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are proud of their school and speak highly of their teachers.'”

As well as the quality of teaching and learning, safeguarding was also recognised as being very effective and 'pupils are confident, safe and very well cared for.'

Mark Carter, chairman of Beaminster school governors, felt that the inspection report reflected the core strengths of the school.

“High quality teaching, pupils who are proud of their school, committed staff, a rich range of opportunities and excellent outcomes; we are absolutely delighted that this report has reaffirmed all these wonderful attributes of our school," said Mr Carter. "The report is very well deserved and is a great credit to all the staff, pupils and parents.”