A SCHOOL in Malvern is celebrating after an improved Ofsted inspection rated it as ‘Good.’

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, in Newtown Road, Malvern, was previously rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ in a 2016 inspection, but the most recent inspection, undertaken in February, recognised improvements to effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils.

Headteacher Therese Langford described the report as a true reflection of high ambition and commitment from everyone connected to the school.

She said: “This is a fantastic endorsement for the school and we are all delighted. All the staff work hard to provide a rich, varied and imaginative curriculum for the children, and we are very lucky to be surrounded by wonderful grounds including our own forest school and meadow which enable us to offer some very special outdoor learning opportunities.

“The togetherness of the staff and pupils, coupled with the support of our parents makes this a wonderful school to lead and I feel very privileged to do so.”

The report on the inspection said: “Attainment in reading, writing and mathematics has improved substantially

“Governors and senior leaders have an exceptional understanding of their respective roles. They have embedded systems effectively to strengthen teaching, develop the curriculum and improve pupils’ progress.

“Everyone in the school community feels supported in their work and the school is on an upward journey.

“Parents are proud of the school. They appreciate the advice and information provided by staff and say that their children are happy to come to school.”