A primary school serving two Norfolk villages has earned top ratings in four out of five categories - four years after being told to make urgent improvements.

Seething and Mundham Primary School, near Loddon, was told in 2020 that it required improvements, with inspectors questioning whether teachers had the knowledge they needed to teach all subjects.

However, four years later and the school has come within a whisker of earning outstanding status, following a glowing inspection from education watchdog Ofsted.

The primary school was rated as outstanding in four out of five categories, earning an overall rating of good - the second highest available.

Inspectors described behaviour at the school as "exemplary" and praised the way pupils are able to "forge strong relationships with teachers".

The report reads: "Over time, since the previous inspection, the school has rapidly improved.

"All subjects are effectively planned - subject knowledge is carefully structured so pupils gain new knowledge in the right order."

The report adds that the school has "excellent provision" for its children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and that it had been successful in reducing persistent absences. 

Vicky MacKenzie, headteacher of the school, said: "I am immensely proud that Ofsted has recognised the rapid improvement of our school.

"Our staff, parents and pupils have all played an important part in making our school so special and unique."

The school is a member of the Sapientia Education Trust, which runs 17 schools across the region.

Jonathan Taylor, the trust's chief executive, said: "Seething and Mundham is a great school.

"It has hardworking pupils and staff, fabulous facilities and very high expectations.

"Congratulations to all."