Pupils are thriving at Forches Cross Community Primary School, which has raised its game during the last two years, according to education watchdog Ofsted.According to a report published this month, the Barnstaple school is now good, thanks to consistently good teaching and excellent and caring leadership. In October 2013, the school was told it required improvement in all four key areas. Headteacher Paul Wisken said: Ofsted has captured the essence of our school. Forches primary is a school where children can thrive because of the incredible level of care and commitment provided by the staff and governors for every child, with good support from our parents. Inspectors, who visited the school in June, said disadvantaged pupils were making more rapid progress than other pupils nationally. Year 2 pupils will achieve close to the national average in reading, writing and maths for the first time, while progress in key stage 2 is more rapid than expected in every subject. Behaviour at the 200-pupil school was found to be good, while safety procedures were considered to be exemplary. The report said the school was a happy community of which pupils are proud. Pupils enjoy learning and want to do well. They are enthusiastic and they work hard in lessons, it added. The school would become outstanding if it better involved parents with pupils learning and ensured pupils responded better to marking comments made about work.