THERE was double cause for celebration at a village first school.

Pupils and staff at Corbridge First School were jumping for joy after being judged good by Ofsted inspectors, just weeks after receiving an excellent judgment from inspectors at the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).

In September 2013, it was deemed by Ofsted that the school required improvement, and that improvement was made as it was judged good in December 2015.

Inspectors revisited the school in November and again gave the verdict of good across all categories, stating: "Staff and pupils live by the school’s motto of 'be the best that we can be'."

Headteacher Jennifer Ainsley said: “It is so pleasing to see how our fantastic children have been recognised, made possible by amazing staff and families helping them to be the best they can be.

“We have an amazing team of highly skilled teachers, teaching assistants, office staff, kitchen staff and our caretaker and cleaner, all of whom I am very proud.”

The visit of Ofsted inspectors followed the SIAMS visit, which resulted in an overall verdict of excellent encompassing top marks for the impact of collective worship and the effectiveness of religious education. Similarly, SIAMS was impressed with the school’s desire to follow the school motto.

Corbridge was deemed as a trailblazing school within the diocese of Newcastle for leading innovation through partnership working to benefit the wider community.

The report also said leadership cascaded throughout the school, resulting in confident pupils.

Mrs Ainsley said: “We are so proud of our values and the standards of education and care provided by the whole staff team, supported by our governors. We are proud to lead such a dedicated and skilled team and we will always continue to strive to be the best we can be.”