A PRIMARY school in Oxford has been rated 'good' with 'outstanding' areas.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Headington has been given Ofsted's top rating for categories of leadership and management, and early years provision, following an inspection in July.

The report, published yesterday, gave a standard of 'good' in other areas and overall.

Inspectors wrote: "The headteacher [Sue Tomkys] has created a vibrant school that is ambitious for all pupils.

"Her passionate belief that education has the power to transform the lives of her pupils shapes the culture of the school.

"She inspires the same commitment in her leadership team, who ably support her in creating a school where all are welcomed and nurtured - they are wholly committed to broadening pupils’ understanding of the world [and] ensure that pupils have thought-provoking learning activities that develop their ability to reflect and to form their own views.

"The early years provision is excellent. Children savour the rich experiences that are planned for them."

The school in Headley Way had 411 pupils on roll at the time of inspection.

Ofsted said the school was diverse and staff are proud to work there, adding: "Leaders have built a rich curriculum which offers abundant opportunities for pupils to

discover their talents and strengths."