An infant and junior school in Erith have both been rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted - praised for their "extremely happy" pupils and "exceptional education".

The Federation of Barnehurst Schools, which includes Barnehurst Infant School and Barnehurst Junior School in Erith, have retained their top ratings from Ofsted.

Both schools - part of the Primary First Trust - were praised by inspectors for their exceptional teaching quality, array of extra-curricular activities and welcoming, inclusive ethos.

Fewer than 10 per cent of the country's schools have succeeded in keeping their 'Outstanding' rating in the transition from the old to the new Ofsted framework.

Barnehurst Infant School, receiving their first inspection in ten years, was commended for its ambitious curriculum, which helps to shape a positive future for its pupils.

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Ofsted also recognised the school's excellent teaching methods, which they say "ignite enthusiasm for each subject for all pupils".

Subjects such as maths and literacy in particular were found to be taught excellently, and technology used to help boost classroom learning.

The report said there was high praise for the school from parents and carers, and described pupils as "extremely happy and safe".

The infant school’s "broad range" of extra-curricular activities and "impressive" support for children with special educational needs were other strengths noted by Ofsted.

Meanwhile, Barnehurst Junior School was also praised by Ofsted, who said the teaching of reading and maths were key strengths for the school.

Inspectors found that pupils could "talk confidently about their favourite authors and how reading helps them become better writers".

Pupils were also able to apply their maths learning to practical scenarios, such as when collecting data in science.

Similar to the Infant School, this school was also praised by inspectors for the support they provided for pupils with SEND.

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The report said: "Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) swiftly identified and well supported to learn the same ambitious curriculum as their peers."

Louise Shields, the Headteacher at The Federation of Barnehurst Schools, said: "At The Barnehurst Federation of Schools, our children come first in everything we do and we are exceptionally proud that OFSTED have recognised our commitment to delivering a first-class education for every single pupil.

"I want to say a huge thank you to every member of staff, who as OFSTED reflected, go above and beyond for our pupils and their families.

"I also want to thank our wonderful pupils who continue to inspire us, and our parent community, whose support is integral to our continued success."

Andrew Moorhouse, CEO of The Primary First Trust, added: "These are fantastic reports, and it is a wonderful achievement that both schools have been judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted, it reflects both schools' commitment to providing children in our local community with an exceptional education.

"I want to say a huge thank you to Louise Shields, for her brilliant leadership, and to every member of staff at The Federation of Barnehurst Schools for their continued hard work and dedication."