A new headteacher says a report praising the “lovely” school is a testament to the dedication of students and teachers.

Royal Masonic School for Girls, in Rickmansworth, was named ‘excellent’ in all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

Kevin Carson joined the school in January and is determined to keep building on previous headteacher Diana Rose’s success.

He said: “I’ve been getting to know the distinctive culture of the school. It’s a special place and we’re glad inspectors have recognised that.

“It would be silly for me to rush in and change anything – it’s about understanding what a special school it is and add to the healthy learning culture we have here.

“The ethos of the school hasn’t changed, but we have added a little more value and a little more consistency.

“There was no need for change, the report itself is a testament to the absolute dedication of students and teachers.”

The report found pupils of all ages make excellent progress and that the school helps pupils learn and achieve without undue pressure.

Pupils’ independent study skills, as well as the way girls can think for themselves and develop “high-level thinking skills” was also praised.

The girls’ attitudes to learning were also assessed as “excellent”, as well as the way they take control of their learning.

Mr Carson added: “We were rigorously assessed with just one day’s notice, and during the course of the inspection RMS was regularly commented upon as an outstanding learning environment.

“There are years of work this report has built on, and years of commitment and professionalism.”

Chairman of Governors, Mr John Gould said: “I would like to convey my gratitude to all members of the school community – students, staff, parents – who have contributed to this excellent report.

“The ISI spent three days undertaking a very detailed inspection and we are delighted that all aspects of the school were viewed in such a positive light.”