Rottingdean school Longhill High has been rated ‘good’ by education watchdog Ofsted, the headteacher announced yesterday (Thursday).
This comes two years after it was rated ‘requires improvement’.
Headteacher Kate Williams said: “This is a result we’re all very proud of. We know we’re good and now Ofsted has officially recognised this too, which is amazing.
“It’s thanks to the dedication of all involved, especially our staff. We’re also very grateful for tremendous support from families, the local community and the pupils themselves, of course.
“We are now going to build on this success and make sure everyone knows Longhill High School is a good place to be.”
Education inspectors visited the school on September 18 and 19, observing more than 40 lessons and speaking to pupils and staff.
The Ofsted report said: “The inspirational leadership of the headteacher has resulted in the staff working together to transform the school. The school now provides a good level of education.”
Inspectors added that teachers now have a ‘renewed enthusiasm for teaching and… research new ways to inspire pupils’.
They added: “Pupils behaviour has been transformed since the last inspection and they are now proud of their school. They are smart, polite and tolerant of views and differences. They recognise the many improvements and are appreciative of their teachers and the leaders of the school.”
The report noted that the school had made efforts to link with the local community to challenge perceptions about the school and community relations.
It said: “The local community has renewed its confidence in the school since the last inspection. Pupils, parents, leaders of other schools and the local authority all agree that the school has improved significantly”.
The report also highlights that leaders have “enhanced the schools reputation within the community.”
One parent said: “I have already witnessed some of the changes that the school has implemented and I feel confident that further positive changes will continue to make Longhill into a school that the community can be very proud of.”
The Ofsted report is due to be published next week (October 8).