Staff and pupils at Hall Cross Academy are celebrating after achieving a good rating in a recent Ofsted inspection.
The school, which has improved upon its previous ‘requires improvement’ rating, was praised for pupils’ achievements and behaviour, the quality of teaching, the safety of pupils and the school’s leadership and management.
With just under 2,000 pupils enrolled, Hall Cross is the town’s biggest school, where according to Ofsted teaching is mostly good and in some areas is outstanding.
Head Teacher Pippa Dodgshon said she was delighted with the ‘good’ rating.
She added: “The report contains many positive reflections of our drive and determination to provide the best for all our students.
“We’re so pleased for our students and staff to see recognition for their hard work, so that they can feel pride in being part of this community. We would like to say a big thank you to our parent community for whose loyalty and support we are very grateful. We have never taken it for granted.”
Areas for improvement outlined by inspectors include ensuring that students in the sixth form make the same level of progress as attained in Key Stages 3 and 4.