Pupils celebrate success at Watlington. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Strong and determined leadership has resulted in dramatic improvements in achievement and teaching at Watlington Primary School, Ofsted inspectors have said.

The school has been rated good in all five key areas: behaviour of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils, early years provision and leadership and management.

Ruth McGlone, headteacher, said: “We have worked really hard over the past two years to get to where we are.

“The whole team here wants the best for our children and that has been highlighted with the report. We can now continue to constantly drive for improvement.”

Mrs McGlone took up the role of headteacher in 2013, just before the school’s previous inspection. At that time the 179-pupil school, in Rectory Lane, was judged to require improvement.

The latest report said: “Pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics has improved over the past two years. Standards by the end of Year 6 rose significantly in 2014.

“Teaching is consistently good and improving strongly.”

It added: “Pupils display positive attitudes towards their learning. They feel safe and well looked after. Pupils behave well in lessons and at all times of the day.

“Attendance is above average because pupils enjoy coming to school to learn.”

The report said the school was not yet outstanding as, despite good progress, achievement in writing was not as strong for boys as it is for girls.

Pupils do not routinely apply their mathematical skills by solving problems and occasionally the level of challenge is not sufficiently high for pupils in the lower end of school to achieve more, inspectors found.