Staff and students at a secondary school are celebrating after a ‘good’ Ofsted inspection.

The Beaconsfield School, in Wattleton Road, was previously rated as ‘requires improvement’, with head teacher John Fletcher saying it would now work towards becoming an ‘outstanding’ school.

Following their visit on February 12 and 13, inspectors praised senior leaders’ “determination and resolve” which they said had been “pivotal” in improving the school.

They wrote in their report: “Leaders have a strong understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and are robust in their quest to raise achievement, particularly for boys and disadvantaged pupils.

“They have deployed an array of strategies to improve teaching and to inspire pupils to achieve well. Many of these strategies are having a positive impact on pupils’ progress.”

They also praised the teachers, saying they were “wholehearted in their desire for pupils to achieve well”, writing: “Relationships between teachers and pupils are constructive and are built on trust and mutual respect.

“Typically, staff ask probing and thoughtful questions that significantly challenge pupils

and deepen their thinking.

“Pupils say that they value teachers’ advice in identifying the progress they are making.”

Inspectors noted that pupils were “well looked after” and that they felt safe and were safe in school.

Speaking about the report, Mr Fletcher said: “I am very proud of the students and staff at The Beaconsfield School.

“Our success is based on support for all and the development of strong positive relationships for all. Our students and community deserve an outstanding school to help all develop into positive members of the local and wider community.

“We will continue to ensure that we do this and work towards becoming an outstanding school.”