THE school standards minister has congratulated a Longparish school on its back-to-back Ofsted success.

As reported in the Advertiser, Longparish Church of England Primary School maintained its ‘oustanding’ rating after a recent visit from Ofsted inspectors.

It means the school has now achieved the feat twice in a row, putting it amongst an exclusive club, with just 1 per cent of schools across the country securing back-to-back ‘outstanding’ ratings.

The school had also showed that 100 per cent of year 6 pupils achieved or exceeded the expected standards in English and maths assessments last year.

Both achievements were acknowledged in a special letter from Nick Gibb, MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton and the Minister of State for School Standards.

Headteacher Trudie Cawthra said she and the whole school are “absolutely delighted” to have received the acknowledgment.

She added: “My special thanks must go to all our teachers, higher level teaching assistants, teaching assistants, office staff, volunteer helpers and catering staff for their collective hard work, perseverance and patience with all our wonderful children.

“The governors and I are delighted with this accolade and thank everyone for their part in making this school such a special place in which to learn and work.”