CELEBRATIONS are taking place at a school which "extends its pupils' experiences beyond the classroom" and has received a new Ofsted rating.

Droitwich Spa High School and Sixth Form Centre has maintained its Good rating after a two-day Ofsted inspection last month.

The rating had allayed previous inspectors' concerns raised 17 months prior in the wake of Covid lockdowns where it was suggested standards may have been falling. 

The latest report states that new leaders have an accurate view of the school and have acted quickly to address areas for improvement including attendance. 

The inspectors found a calm and orderly environment throughout where students appreciate the support they are given to help them succeed.

It praised the Westlands Way school's "vast and wide-ranging number of extra-curricular activities to extend pupils' experiences beyond the classroom" and international visits such as Delhi and New York.

Headteacher Jon Brook said: "I want to be really clear that this report is of the school, not just about us as teachers and as other school staff. 

"What I mean by that is, whilst my talented team has worked really hard with intense professional commitment, it also reflects positively on our community.  

"We have lead performers in drama productions and really shy students, growing into their own skins but quietly working hard. 

"We are together as one community, supporting and celebrating one another. 

"Over 1,200 students, all with different talents and interests, from a very socioeconomically diverse community, have contributed to this positive outcome by being ready, kind, respectful and proud of their school.

"The whole community has worked together for this outcome, and for all the parts they have played, I am incredibly grateful."

The school was given some room for improvement, which included ensuring student understanding is secure before learning moves on, introducing a reading strategy for weaker readers, and ensuring pupil premium funding is used effectively.

Karen Moore, chair of governors, said all the school governors are delighted with the inspection.

She added: "The report is most pleasing and a testament to the leadership of the school and the hard work of all the staff, I congratulate the Head and all of his team.

"Well done to the students who showed that they make the most of the many opportunities they have both inside and outside the classroom."