A Croydon school has been rated 'Outstanding' for fourth consecutive time and first since it joined an academy three years ago.

Ofsted gave the highest mark possible to The Link Primary School following a two day inspection.

Headteacher Sandy Turner, said: “I am particularly proud of this rating as it is our fourth consecutive 'Outstanding' judgement.

"As a team, we all strive to provide the very best we can for all our pupils with our child centred ethos at the fore, but how wonderful it is to have this acknowledged and confirmed by Her Majesty's Inspectors.”

The Link is a specialist school for students aged 4 to 11 and it joined Orchard Hill College Academy Trust in July 2017.

During the visit, inspectors met pupils, staff, governors and the CEO of the academy, John Prior. They observed lessons taking a keen interest in reading, science, PSHE and relationships education.

The report read: “Pupils thrive at Link Primary School.

"Staff are expert in communicating with pupils. They work tirelessly to develop pupils’ confidence and their ability to interact positively.

"Pupils feel safe and happy. They play and learn together with minimum disruption despite their many varied needs.”

After spending time with pupils and observing teaching and learning, the report concluded that “staff are extremely knowledgeable about their school community and are always seeking new, better ways to maximise learning for all."

Inspectors were also impressed at how pupils gained valuable knowledge and experience of the wider world through real-life experiences. Students regularly enjoy local visits and take part in specialist sessions like horse-riding which promote confidence and self-esteem.

The report also stated that: “Leaders have well-designed plans for how subjects are taught so that the needs of all pupils are met.

"As a result, pupils achieve well. Leaders show clear ambition and vision for the school. Staff are relentless in ensuring that pupils achieve their potential.”