An "exceptional" primary school where there are "no limits" on children's learning has received top marks from Ofsted.

St Michael's CofE Primary School in Highgate regained the top rating across the board after inspectors from the education watchdog visited on June 21 and 22.

The North Road school's quality of education, behaviour and attitude of pupils, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision all received top marks.

The last time the school was rated outstanding was in 2007, but this dropped to the second-highest 'good' rating after an inspection in March 2015.

In the latest report published on September 27, inspectors said the school was "highly welcoming" and a "very happy and safe place" for its 430 pupils.

"Pupils, including children in the early years, flourish at this exceptional school," it added.

Inspectors found staff have the "highest expectations" of pupils and enable pupils to treat those around them with the "utmost respect".

They said leaders place "no limits" on pupils’ academic development and pupils achieve highly in all areas of the "highly ambitious" curriculum.

In music,for example, staff helped pupils to confidently discuss a range of classical composers such as Holst and Stravinsky. 

"Behaviour in lessons and all around the school is exemplary," inspectors said. "Pupils behave with maturity towards each other and staff. They are polite and welcoming."

They added: "If anything worries pupils, then staff manage this quickly."

They added that leaders provide an "exceptional quality of education" for all, including those with special educational needs or disabilities. 

The report said teachers have strong subject knowledge and can quickly address any gaps in pupils’ understanding, with particular praise for reading and writing.

They wrote: "Pupils in this school love reading. Children in early years get off to a very strong start, quickly becoming fluent readers and writers.

"Throughout the school, leaders provide pupils with a wide range of literature. This inspires pupils to talk in detail about their favourite authors, novels and books."

Leaders have also created a "strong culture of safeguarding", with staff recording any concerns and pupils taught about how to keep safe, including when they are online.