AN INFANT school finished the school year on a high by picking up an award for the quality of its teaching.

Gorse Hill Infant School, in Avening Street, has won the Primary School Quality Mark for improving the quality of literacy and numeracy across the school.

It marks the end to a successful year for the school, which has already picked up an Investors in People award for its staff training and a School Achievement Award in recognition of high test results for the third year running.

The school also celebrated its 125th anniversary this summer with a week of Victorian themed events.

Headteacher Prisca DaCunha, who has just retired, said: "The award had ten elements and we had to prove that we were successful and effective in each.

"The most important thing at the moment is literacy and numeracy, if you can say we are moving forward in that respect it is a major thing.

"It is great for the whole school because everyone from the management team to the teachers and teaching assistants have helped compile the strategy."

Pupil Kirsty Davies, seven, from Gorse Hill said: "I enjoy maths lessons the most, I like doing my times tables.

"The teachers are nice to me, and I really enjoy reading. My favourite book is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

Fellow pupil Billy Langham, seven, from Gorse Hill said: "I like coming to school, the literacy lessons are my favourite because I like writing about what I did at the weekend."