A CHURCH watchdog has described Christian values as being at the heart of Cradley School.

The school has undergone an inspection from the National Society and has come out come out with high marks. Just over 100 pupils attend the school.

The inspection found the school was outstanding in its distinctiveness and effectiveness as a church school.

Leadership from headteacher, the Rev Dawn Hyett, was "outstanding" and the school was described as "a vibrant village community school".

Praise was given to the new building and the development of facilities for the school and community.

The inspector found children were encouraged to show respect for each other and it had excellent multicultural links that were being further extended.

A number of areas were identified as benefiting from more focus for future development, including closer links between religious education and worship.

Staff were also urged to continue to be innovative and inventive in developing appropriate liturgies.