After 29 teaching weeks of hard work, Bruntcliffe School is celebrating the latest step in its Ofsted journey.
The Inspection team were in school early last month and graded it ‘requires improvement’ rather than the inadequate they observed in January 2013.
Headteacher Heather Scott said: “We are really pleased with the progress we’ve made as a school against all of the Ofsted action points set out for us last year.
“It’s so rewarding to hear that the latest Ofsted inspection team could see that we’d made steps to improve all of those areas.”
Inspectors said: “Since the previous inspection, leaders have made progress in all the areas for improvement in the inspection report. Areas of weakness, such as in maths, have been tackled well.”
The inspection team also found many strengths during their visit.
Their report said: “Good and outstanding teaching can be seen in a range of subjects. The strongest teaching is in history and religious studies.
“Leaders, including governors, are focused on improving teaching, achievement and behaviour, which as a result, are showing the early signs of improvement.
“Students say they feel safe in school and conduct themselves well. This is reflected in improving rates of attendance.”
Ms Scott said: “Our hard work over the last two academic years has now been shown to have paid off. Our staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that we improved the quality or our service to our students.”
The report said: “In the last two years, the standards to students reach and the progress they make in the sixth form have improved as a result of changes to the curriculum, improved guidance about courses so that courses and better suited to students’ aptitudes and improvements in teaching.”
Ms Scott said the school’s next stage in the journey to Outstanding had already begun.
“We’re working with a national English consultant to continuously build on our already good practice and we will be continuing build on our already good practice and we will be continuing to challenge ourselves to deliver good and outstanding lessons every single hour of the day.
“We all know we have yet more hard work ahead of us, but we are absolutely up for the challenge to be the best Bruntcliffe can be.”