A PRIMARY school in Crewkerne has been praised in its latest Ofsted report after the sudden death of its headteacher earlier this year.

St Bartholomew’s CE First School, Kithill, was rated as ‘good’ in its report that was published at the end of November.

Acting headteacher Gemma Coward has been in place at the school since the unexpected death of beloved leader David Carter.

Tracy Hannon, inspector, said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

“The school is recovering from tragic circumstances, which has resulted in significant changes in the leadership of the school.

“Ms Coward’s formidable leadership is testament to her predecessor’s conviction and skill in empowering staff and his unwavering drive for school improvement.

“Parents, governors, staff and local authority officers are unanimous in their praise for her determined efforts to keep the school ‘on course’ in challenging circumstances.

“She leads with a steely moral purpose.”

Ms Coward said the whole school had worked extremely hard to achieve the outcome.

She said: “We are delighted. Everyone has worked extremely hard. We are proud of the words in the report saying that the school is a ‘nurturing haven’.

“It’s wonderful the report recognised the outstanding work of Mr Carter and the whole team to provide the ‘nurturing haven’ so children can achieve the best outcome they can.”