Eastbourne’s Ratton School has been officially rated as a good school after a two-day visit by Ofsted inspectors.
A team of five inspectors assessed the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils, leadership and management and judged that each aspect was Good.
Headteacher David Linsell said, “It is no secret that nationally Ofsted has raised the bar in terms of what makes a school good.
“Here at Ratton we are confident that we are indeed good and that is what the inspectors found after two days of observing lessons, talking to students and governors, and generally getting a feel for what the Ratton ethos is all about.”
The school, which has 1,214 students on its register, was inspected in April and inspectors said students make good progress from their starting points and in every year group their achievement is rising.
They said, “This is a well-led school. The core values of the school underpin the caring relationships between staff and students and means students behave well and feel safe. Attendance has improved, especially in reducing persistent absence.
“The range of subjects and topics is broad and flexible and takes account of students’ needs and interests. There are wide-ranging opportunities for them to deepen their experiences through performing arts, clubs and extra classes, which are very popular.”