Two West Berkshire schools which joined forces last year have improved their Ofsted ratings to ‘good’ in their latest inspection.
The Chaddleworth St Andrew’s and Shefford Federation of primary schools was judged as ‘good’ in every area by Ofsted, which published its report this month.
Both schools had received a ‘requires improvement’ grading two years ago.
Since then they have merged and now operate from their site in Great Shefford and share the same headteacher, staff and governing body, although they still operate as separate schools.
The schools are now praised for high quality teaching, an engaging curriculum and the good progress pupils are making.
Headteacher Bridget Goodrich, who took up the post in January 2016, was thrilled with Ofsted’s findings.
She said: “We are absolutely delighted with the reports, which speak of our schools as offering high quality, committed and effective staff with pupils who are well taught and who are achieving well.
“It is extremely rewarding to have our efforts recognised and these reports are testament to the commitment and hard work of staff, pupils, the friends of the schools, our effective governing board and the local authority.
“We are completely united in our objective to work together to move forward and continuously improve.”
To make the jump from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’, the schools have been tasked with getting pupils to exceed expected standards, and to strengthen its leadership and management.
Lynne Doherty, West Berkshire Council’s executive member for education, said: “What a brilliant result.
“This clearly shows the power of the collective when two schools unite and what can be achieved when everybody is working single-mindedly to achieve success. Congratulations to all concerned.”