Castle Hill Primary School in Chessington could be making strides towards becoming “outstanding”, according to an Ofsted inspector.

After a short visit to the school on January 16, the official recommended the next inspection be a longer “section 5” visit, with the opportunity to raise its rating from “good”.

In the report, the inspector wrote: “The school has demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in certain areas. This may indicate that the school is improving towards being outstanding.”

Headteacher Lou Anderson said: “We were delighted because we have been working very hard and building on our successes. It’s down to the whole school community – the staff, children and parents.

“We really feel we are going from strength to strength, and hopefully Ofsted will rate us as outstanding when they come next.”

The inspector looked particularly at school leadership responses to underachievement, work that has been done to increase attendance and the quality of communication with parents.

He spoke with the leadership team, governors, pupils and parents, and reviewed responses to an online parent survey.

The only “next step” he listed was to make sure that all groups of pupils continue to progress in line with their peers across the UK.