With the new academic year more local schools have faced the dreaded Ofsted inspections.

These five secondary and primary schools in and around Watford have all been rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by the inspectors as the town's teachers has enjoyed success since the beginning of September.

Only full ‘graded’ inspections are included in the list.


Holy Rood Catholic Primary School – Greenbank Road, Watford

An ‘outstanding’ school, Holy Rood earned its grade on October 16 by having a “high culture of expectations” and a “relentless drive to ensure pupils’ safety and high achievement”.

Headteacher Emma Braund said: "It has been 12 years since our previous Ofsted inspection and I am incredibly proud to be the headteacher of this outstanding school community.

Rickmansworth School – Scots Hill, Rickmansworth

Headteacher Matt Fletcher said he was “immensely proud of the school’s achievements” after Rickmansworth School’s report was published on October 27, cementing its ‘outstanding’ grading.

Inspectors described the school as striving to “ensure that all pupils in all lessons receive the highest possible quality teaching”.

Watford Observer: Matt Fletcher, Rickmansworth School headteacher and Tony Walker, chair of trustees.Matt Fletcher, Rickmansworth School headteacher and Tony Walker, chair of trustees. (Image: Rickmansworth School)


Shepherd Primary – Shepherd’s Lane, Rickmansworth

Shepherd Primary School earned a ‘good’ rating when it was inspected on June 27 and 28, but had to wait over the summer holidays before being given the second highest possible grade on September 20.

“Pupils like being part of a school where everyone knows each other,” inspectors said of the school.

The content of lessons and the school routine were praised, as well as the progress children make.

Highwood Primary School – Mead Way, Bushey

Highwood Primary School was inspected over two days in June and also faced a long summer wait before being given the same grade the next day (September 21).

Its curriculum was praised as “broad and interesting” and Ofsted found that kids enjoy their time at school.

Watford Observer: Highwood Primary School.Highwood Primary School. (Image: Google Street View)

Cassiobury Infant and Nursery School – Bellmount Avenue, Watford

The most recent entry on the list, Cassiobury Infant and Nursery School was given a ‘good’ rating on Monday (November 26).

It represented a downgrade from the ‘outstanding’ given in 2011, but the school still earned a lot of praise in its report.

Ofsted confirmed that “pupils love attending this happy and kind school”.