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A primary school in Cold Ash has expressed its joy with a "long awaited" Ofsted report recognising its achievements.

St Finian's Catholic School has received a 'Good' Ofsted result despite working through the challenges of the pandemic.

Headteacher Anna Jarratt said: "The whole Covid situation has been a challenge for all secondary and primary schools in West Berkshire, and it continues to be.

The Year 3 pupils celebrating a 'Good' Ofsted report.
The Year 3 pupils celebrating a 'Good' Ofsted report.

"To do our best to rise above all of that along side delivering at the level we have done, we have come a long way, we keep moving forward and striving."

She noted that the rising standards have made the result that much more impressive.

"It is harder and harder to get 'good', the goal posts have changed.

St Finian's Catholic School has celebrated their Ofsted result and say it's a reflection of its core values.
St Finian's Catholic School has celebrated their Ofsted result and say it's a reflection of its core values.

"You have to be on the ball, in terms of what they are looking for, you need to be be committed to that continued drive, working hard to respond to that remit."

She said that she was "absolutely delighted" to receive a report that "reflects our school ethos and values" of "strong relationships, kindness, pupil leadership and high aspirations for all."

The school has thanked teachers, parents, governors and the children for the parts that each group plays in creating an environment they can all be proud of.

The Ofsted inspector praised the school for a number of points surrounding the “active opportunities” available to students as well as the “positive relationships” they share with their teachers.

The school was "delighted" with the result despite having to teach through a pandemic.
The school was "delighted" with the result despite having to teach through a pandemic.

Among some of the comments found in the inspector's report, the school was particularly pleased that their teachers' attitudes towards their work and their pupils were recognised.

Mrs Jarratt pointed out comments that stood out for her such as: “Pupils know that teachers care about their learning and their well-being” and “Teachers have high aspirations for pupils to achieve their best”.

She said that the result reflects the "strong set of core values" held by the school.

"Everyone at St Finian's puts their heart and soul into everything they do," she added. "It is very much a vocation, it's not just a job.

“I would like to thank all our governors, teachers, parents and children for the part they play on a daily basis in ensuring St Finian’s Primary School is a welcoming and happy place to learn.”



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