A Chipping Campden school has received a glowing Ofsted report.

St Catharine’s Catholic Primary School, in Lower High Street, was given an overall grading of “Good” in its most recent Ofsted report.

Head teacher Joanne Welch couldn’t be happier with the school’s performance.

She said: “I would like to thank all the pupils, parents, staff and governors for their continued support and dedication to the school. It is a privilege to work with them all.

“As acknowledged in the report, we have developed an aspirational and ambitious culture at St Catharine’s, an exciting curriculum, and we offer the ability for children to shine on a daily basis.”

The inspection, which was delayed as a result of the pandemic, saw the school awarded a “Good” rating in each of the main criteria.

During the previous inspection, in January 2018, the school was deemed to “require improvement”.

Evidently these improvements have been made, with the leadership team in particular being commended in the report.

It read: “Leaders are ambitious for all pupils.

“Leaders, including governors, have clear plans to improve the quality of education further.”

The report adds that the curriculum has been carefully planned and “extends pupils’ thinking beyond reading, writing, and mathematics”.

Of course, it is not only the teaching staff who should be praised, the report also recognises the ability of the students.

The report states: “Children get off to a flying start in the early years.

“Pupils are kind, caring and understand that everyone is special. Pupils strongly believe everyone should be treated fairly and with respect.”

In the report, published in November, the school received only one comment on what it can do to improve.

The report read: “Although leaders have prioritised providing extra support for pupils who have fallen behind. Some pupils are not catching up quickly enough.

“Some pupils in some year groups still have gaps in aspects of the curriculum, including some spelling, punctuation and multiplication facts.

“Leaders need to ensure that teachers provide these pupils with the additional support they need to catch up quickly.”