SCHOOLS minister David Laws has visited Watcombe Primary School.
The Minister of State for Schools met headteacher Adam Morris to hear about the 'realities' of running a school with government policies.
Mr Morris said: "It was good to have the chance to speak to someone who makes the policies and hopefully he will take what he heard on board."
The school had a good OFSTED report in 2009.
It was rated satisfactory in 2012 and two weeks later, figures showed it was in the top one percent nationally for improvements in English and top six per cent for maths.
Mr Morris said: "The question we were raising, in light of this, is the OFSTED process as accurate as it should be."
He said he was frustrated that there was little option to challenge their findings.
The school has more than half of its pupils eligible for free school meals and pupil premium funding which will go up to £1,300.
But Torbay schools are among a group of 40 authorities that feel their government grant is too low.
Mr Laws said: "I can talk to the chief inspector to make sure we are constantly working to improve the quality and make sure that when people are unhappy, that is addressed because this is an important process for schools and it's very high stakes."
He said that the new OFSTED process would have more emphasis on progress made in schools, taking the starting level of children into account.
He said: "We must fully recognise the good that schools are doing. This school is doing a fantastic job.
"It is a great example of even where there is a challenging intake, the pupils are making good progress and that is exactly what we want to see."
The visit was organised by Bay MP Adrian Sanders.
He said: "The visit has gone very well. It's a fantastic school. There are quite a few children that come here with a lot of challenges that affects their ability to learn and this school does a fantastic job in turning that around."