CHIPPING Norton School has recovered from a previous "inadequate" Ofsted report to be labelled "good."

The school was labelled inadequate by Ofsted shortly after converting to an academy in 2012, but the school has now "improved on all fronts."

Inspectors said: "The school has improved on all fronts. Senior leaders have addressed previous inadequacies with verve and vigour.

"Many aspects of the school’s work have transformed. The school is well placed to improve further in the future.

"Leaders’ effective actions and teachers’ hard work have made sure teaching is now good overall. Through a well-designed curriculum that meets pupils’ needs, teachers challenge pupils effectively, often stretching and deepening their thinking.

"Pupils make good progress across the majority of subjects. They learn intently and purposefully. Improvements in a number of subjects are impressive, especially in English.

"Disadvantaged pupils’ achievement has risen and continues to improve.

"Students in the sixth form achieve highly and sometimes exceptionally well, for example in mathematics. They act as excellent role models to younger pupils, contributing a great deal to the life of the school. Students behave impeccably.

"The majority of pupils attend regularly, enjoy school, take pride in their work and behave well.

"Pupils value the respectful, tolerant and caring ethos of the school, which helps them to thrive. Pupils’ personal development is a major strength of the school. Pupils rightly feel safe.

"Teachers and leaders are held to account well, including through the highly effective work of the local governing body and the trust.

"Accountability focuses sharply on pupils’ achievement during key stage 4 and in the sixth form, less so on pupils’ progress during key stage 3.

"While most subject leaders make a valuable contribution to improvements, a small number are less effective. Senior leaders are providing the support they need.

"Variability in the quality of teaching and the rate of pupils’ progress remains in a minority of areas. Leaders are taking the right action to address these issues."

Headteacher Simon Duffy said: “We are really pleased that the hard work of students and staff has been acknowledged in this way and we are now determined to make our school outstanding.

"It is very clear that the message about “working harder on harder work” is getting through as students strive to be the best that they can be.

"I am hugely grateful for the relentless support of students and parents who have always recognised the great qualities of Chipping Norton School, qualities that the Ofsted team saw in abundance.”

To improve further, inspectors advised: "Iron out any remaining pockets where pupils make slower progress by making sure that teaching consistently meets leaders’ high expectations.

"Improve leadership and management further, by ensuring that all subject leaders have a substantial effect on improving and maintaining the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress and focusing as much on key stage 3 as other key stages when holding leaders and teachers to account."