Ofsted has confirmed its ‘good’ rating for a local school where “happy” children “work very hard”.

Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School received an ungraded inspection over two days in October and the report concluded that it “continues to be a good school”.

Inspectors found that children feel happy, safe, and valued within its Catholic identity “whatever their background”.

They also praised pupil’s attendance, behaviour and work ethic.

“Teachers explain information carefully and patiently,” the report said. “As a result, pupils listen closely.”

Safeguarding arrangements were found to be effective and SEND students were well supported.

Two areas for improvement were highlighted: staff did not always receive subject-specific training and children could be given more opportunities for subject-specific reading.

Watford Observer: Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School.Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School. (Image: Google Street View)

The mixed secondary in Rickmansworth High Street had received a full graded report in January 2014, which gave it the second highest possible grade, and the latest report published yesterday (December 1) is the second ungraded inspection to confirm the rating since then.

When an ungraded inspection is carried out, if inspectors find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade from a full inspection it would then be re-inspected, which was not the case for Saint Joan of Arc.