Smith's Wood Sports College has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted for the first time.
Last month’s inspection by the watchdog praised teaching and pupil behaviour at the previously challenged college, as it was rated ‘good’ in all five key areas.
After coming out of special measures in 2004 to be graded ‘satisfactory’, Principal Rob Hawkins puts the college’s continued improvement down to the ‘holy-trinity’ of pupils, parents and staff working together.
“This significant milestone is not just for Smith’s Wood Sports College but for the local community where so much hard work has been done by so many schools to raise the standards of education for our children,” he said.
“I am doubly proud not just because of where we are but because of where we have been and I am sure the local community shares the sense of pride and wellbeing.”
The management of the school was also praised as was the improving performance of the Sixth Form.
Chair of Governors, Hugh Hendry, added: “To be rated a good school by Ofsted is a magnificent achievement for a school which is recognised as being in challenging circumstances. It means our children from Smith’s Wood and surrounding areas are getting every opportunity to fulfil their potential which is nothing less than is their right. Our goal is to improve year-on-year and we will not allow complacency.”