A SECONDARY school is celebrating after achieving a ‘good’ Ofsted rating for the first time in 10 years.

After years of being placed into ‘requires improvement’ by inspectors, Brighton Hill Community School, in Brighton Way, has turned the tables for good and been rewarded for its hard work across the last two years .

Inspectors, who last assessed the school in 2015, visited the school in May and found the school had improved in three of the four categories it is judged on.

In a report seen by The Gazette, Ofsted praised the school’s management who have “taken decisive and effective action” to transform the culture of the school and improve the quality of teaching across all year groups.

The report added: “Leaders have led the improvement of the school ably.

“They have created a positive culture of ambition and high expectations among staff and pupils. Leaders are relentless in their focus on continuous and rapid improvement.

“Pupils’ personal development and welfare have a very high priority in the school. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Staff know pupils very well and this means pupils feel safe.

“Teachers have established very positive relationships with their pupils. Most teachers understand what pupils know and need to learn next and adapt lessons quickly to help them make good progress.”

Despite the positive results, inspectors stated there was room for improvement with teachers “continuing to focus closely on what pupils need to learn to make up for the legacy of underachievement.”

Headteacher Chris Edwards said: “It is a testament to the enormous amount of work that the staff team has put into transforming Brighton Hill Community School, both before my appointment and in more recent months since I joined.

“As always, our students were an absolute credit to the school during the inspection and we were overwhelmed by the support from parents who indicated to inspectors their delight at the quality of provision which the school provides for their children.”