A SCHOOL where three-quarters of pupils do not speak English as their first language has been rated as "outstanding" by education inspectors.
The Government's Ofsted team, which visited Spring Grove Junior, Infant and Nursery School last month gave it the highest grade - grade 1 - in every category.
And they commended the Springwood school's high quality, inclusive and multi-cultural experiences and its position at the heart of the community, celebrating diversity.
Head teacher Mrs Bibi Laher said: "Many parents choose to send their children to this school because it successfully fosters respect, understanding and tolerance of different faiths.
"I am so proud that we have achieved an outstanding grade in all areas of inspection. The staff, children, governors and parents all work hard and deserve this accolade.
"The school strives to enable parents to play a full part in their children's education. Parents are confident that the school is an excellent place to learn."
The school's chairman of governors Howard Roberts said: "This report captures the essence of the school and its friendly and warming ethos.
"I am proud to be part of Spring Grove."
The report said that even though children entered schools with levels of attainment below those expected for their age, and often with little spoken English, they get off to a "flying start" in the Early Years Unit and by Year Six reached standards above national averages.
They make such impressive progress because of consistently high quality teaching with lessons carried out at a "cracking pace".
Pupils are extremely polite and considerate, they feel valued and secure and bullying is never a problem.
Leadership and management are excellent and the school's motto "Working together to succeed in life" is lived and shared by all in the school.
The report concluded that there was no complacency in the constant drive towards improvement. The school had a very accurate picture of its strengths and areas for further development.
The inspector said in a letter to parents: "Your parents think you come to the best school.
"I think your school is very special and I am sure that you will continue to be extremely happy there."