Hadleigh High School has been rated good in all areas of its operations by the schools’ inspectorate Ofsted.
Headteacher Caroline Gibson said she was delighted with the results, which she put down to everyone working together to achieve the good rating for the school’s overall effectiveness in leadership, teaching, behaviour and outcomes for pupils.
She said: “Our whole school community is delighted to receive such a favourable report which recognises the excellent work undertaken by pupils and staff. Our success is based on teachers and students working together to achieve, supported superbly by our governors and parents.
“We remain committed to providing the very best educational opportunities available for our youngsters by offering the very best training for our staff enabling them to deliver the highest standards.”
The school, which is an academy with specialism in science, has around 760 pupils and its previous inspection in 2012 was also good.
Inspectors said the school’s leaders had sustained a culture of improvement, with pupils’ achievement rising significantly in the most recently-published examination results. They described the current progress of pupils “stronger still”.
Inspector said the reason the school was not yet an outstanding school was because the quality of teaching and leadership had not been as rapid in maths. The school needed to further accelerate the progress of pupils in maths so that attainment in 2016 was in line with the national average.
On its results, the inspectors commented: “The overall achievement of pupils strengthened considerably in 2014 and 2015.
“The significant attainment gap between the academy and the national average was elminated, and the average point score achieved by pupils in their best eight qualifications rose to a level that was significantly above average. This is in contrast to the trend in other academies nationally.
“The current progress in the academy shows further improvement in almost all subjects.”
Inspectors singled out the head teacher and her senior leaders for praise in having “established a culture of improvement across the academy”.
The report said: “Their vision has the support of staff and pupils and is endorsed by the vast majority of parents.
“The impact of this culture can be seen in rising achievement in many subjects over a sustained period of time, and in the willing participation of pupils both in and beyond the formal curriculum.
“Senior leaders have identified the academy’s strength, along with those that require improvement, with great accuracy.”
The school’s pastoral approach was seen as a strength by Ofsted.
Inspectors noted: “The provision for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is a strength of the academy. “A rich variety of displays celebrate success in pupils’ work for charities, for the local community and in helping each other.”
Sandy Davies, chairman of the school governors added: “The governing body is absolutely delighted with the Ofsted recognition of the quality of our school. We not only congratulate the staff and students, but would also like to highlight the great leadership of the headteacher and her senior leadership team.”