An infant school says it is "looking forward to a bright future" after scooping a 'good' Ofsted rating.

Bushey and Oxhey Infant School in Aldenham Road bagged the second highest grade in all areas: quality of education, behaviour, personal development, leadership and early years provision, following an assessment on January 31 and February 1.

It teaches 175 pupils from Reception to Year Two, and is part of the Bushey Primary Education Federation, which also runs the nearby Bushey Manor Junior School.

The report published on yesterday (March 20) said pupils are happy to attend the school and they learn how to be kind and care for each other.

Students were said to “delight” in learning new ideas and they proudly shared their achievements with one another.

Watford Observer: Executive head teacher Mary Ann Cooper celebrating the result with the school council.Executive head teacher Mary Ann Cooper celebrating the result with the school council. (Image: Bushey and Oxhey Infant School)

Executive headteacher Mary Ann Cooper said she was pleased inspectors found the school prepared students well for their next stage of education.

“We are particularly proud that in the Ofsted parent surveys, 99 per cent of respondents at both schools said that they would recommend our schools to others,” Mrs Cooper added. 

“It is gratifying that our committed staff were recognised for the way in which they work with determination and expertise to remove all barriers for our children."

She said areas for continued development are already underway with a new curriculum being implemented.

According to the report, efforts to improve the curriculum had made a positive impact on students’ learning and that teachers deliver the curriculum “consistently well”.

It noted, however, that some staff unknowingly taught “misconceptions” in class due to a lack of specific subject knowledge, but that the school leaders had started to address this.

Routines and the school’s ethos meant pupils worked hard without disruptive behaviour, but they were said to occasionally lose concentration without staff noticing.

Although the rate of persistent absence was said to remain high, inspectors said attendance had improved "markedly" due to the administration's actions.

The report praised the school’s leadership, which it said had “won the confidence of parents, staff and pupils”.

Inspectors added: “Parents share effusive praise about the work of leaders and staff. Staff are proud to work at the school.”