A ONCE-struggling Walton primary school is making giant strides and hopes to clinch a top grade in its upcoming inspection.

Hamford Primary was slammed by education watchdogs in its last full inspection two years ago.

Following that inspection the school became an academy and has now enjoyed a dramatic turnaround.

Its latest move is to rebrand, introducing a new core value scheme to boost youngsters at school.

Teachers devised the three Hs of Hamford – happy, helpful, honest – in their latest bid to drive the school forward.

Academy principal Benedick Ashmore-Short said: “In developing our core values we spoke to pupils, parents, teachers and the community.

“And schemes like these help us as we continue to move forward and become stronger as a school.

“Our aim was always to go from being in special measures to becoming an outstanding school within three years and we are on track."

Hamford is set for its next full inspection after Easter.

Read the full story in this week's Frinton & Walton Gazette.