AN “inclusive” primary school where youngsters “enjoy thinking about their future” has been praised by the education watchdog.

Parsons Heath Primary School, which was previously deemed “good” in 2018, has been celebrated after a two-day Ofsted inspection.

In a report published this week, inspector Katie Devenport applauded the school, in Templewood Road, Colchester, for living out its values of belonging, kindness, and resilience.

“[Pupils] respond well to the high aspirations that the school has of them even when they find work challenging,” she wrote.

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“One pupil, for example, enjoyed learning about rainforests so much that they went home and carried on finding out as much as they could online.”

The report continued: “The school promotes a love of reading. The recently introduced story time is very popular with pupils. The learning council chooses the books that teachers read to their classes.”

The school’s personal development programme, which includes charity fundraising, was also praised.

The inspector also commended the school’s safeguarding arrangements following the ungraded inspection in September.

While Ofsted was full of praise for the school, which teaches 197 children, it was noted that pupils “learn facts and skills in isolation without linking back to their prior knowledge” in some subjects.