Inspectors have praised a primary school for the improvements it has made over the last four years.

Wisbech St Mary CofE Academy had previously been told by Ofsted that it needed to improve after an inspection in 2019.

The school, part of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust, had been rated as requires improvement by the inspection service.

At the time inspectors said a “legacy of weaker teaching” had left “significant gaps” in pupils’ knowledge and understanding.

Four years later inspectors have now praised the improvements made by the school, describing it as a “happy and caring” place.

Ofsted described the current curriculum as “broad” and said pupils learn effectively and behave well.

The report said: “Wisbech St Mary is a happy and caring school that sits at the heart of the community. Pupils like school. They talk enthusiastically and confidently about how they enjoy their learning.

“Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. Pupils want to learn during lesions. Pupils understand and respect the school rules. They know and follow class routines.

“At social times, pupils play games together and chat in their friendship groups. School captains support younger children to play and socialise happily. Pupils have good manners. They are polite and courteous. The school is a very calm place to be.

“Pupils respond to adults’ high expectations of them to learn successfully and grow into well-rounded young people. All pupils are nurtured to do their best.”