A DUDLEY primary school has been rated as 'good' by education watchdogs Ofsted.

Russells Hall Primary School received the rating based on an Ofsted inspection carried out on October 22, with the report published on November 29.

The Overfield Road school was previously rated as outstanding at its last inspection in September 2013.

Inspectors rated the school as good for its quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision.

Pupils were praised for being very polite and well mannered and were said to enjoy learning, while teachers were described as wanting the best for their pupils.

The quality of music teaching was singled out for praise and a new approach to teaching reading was said to be making a positive impact.

Inspectors however acknowledged that pupils over the past few years had not done as well as they might, but said leaders were doing the "right things" to improve the school.

To improve further, leaders at the school have been told to establish a "more robust cycle of school improvement" and to work with families to tackle high absence rates.

Jen Brown, headteacher at Russells Hall Primary School, said: “We welcome Ofsted’s report following their October visit, which has shown our school to be good in all areas.

“Ofsted highlights our school’s positive environment, with children enjoying learning and showing positive and well-mannered behaviour, and we are delighted to see our careful planning, fantastic music lessons and highly skilled support programmes for children with additional needs being praised as areas of strength.

“I want to personally thank our pupils, parents, staff and governors for the vital role they continue to play at Russells Hall Primary. Together we now continue our tireless work to make our school the best that it can be and we are already making significant strides in meeting the small number of improvement recommendations made in the report.”