The head of a Mill End school hopes to raise performance levels further after boosting its rating.

St John’s Catholic Primary School in Berry Lane has been rated as Good in the latest education watchdog report.

It had been told it requires improvement in 2013. The school entered into an arrangement where the headteacher of St Joan of Arc School, Rickmansworth, Peter Sweeney, helps with the running of the school.

Ofsted inspectors praised the leadership of the school. But Tony Hall, who runs the school on a day-to-day basis, hopes the latest rating by the education watchdog is just the first step to the school being rated as Outstanding.

Mr Hall said: “We are delighted with the result.

“We have been working for the last two years to improve the teaching and we have had a specific focus on maths and English.

“It was made clear to us this was a strong Good judgement. We didn’t just sneak in. So really the next step is to get an Outstanding rating.”

The school hired three new teachers after the watchdog's visit in 2013.

Declan McCarthy, lead inspector for Ofsted, said: “The head of school and executive headteacher have clear ambitions for the school and have successfully raised the expectations of staff, pupils and parents.

“The quality of teaching, learning and assessment has improved significantly since the previous inspection when it required improvement. The rapid increase in pupils’ rate of progress, the work in pupils’ books and the school’s monitoring records show that teaching and learning are now good.

“Pupils are very proud of their school. They talked about how well the school celebrated their work in assembly and through displays in classrooms, which motivates them to do their best.

“Their books show that their work is neat and tidy and they take a pride in how well it is presented.”

But inspectors said teachers do not always ensure pupils respond to marking advice and listed this as one of the main ways the school could be rated as Oustanding.