Ridge Academy in Cheltenham upgraded after inspection
TEACHERS and pupils at a Cheltenham primary school are celebrating after it was catapulted from "special measures" to "good" in one fell swoop.
Ofsted inspectors gave a glowing report to The Ridge Academy for children with special behavioural needs, which was previously classed as struggling.
They noted that pupils were capable of "outstanding progress", highlighting the quality of teaching as a cornerstone of the Clyde Crescent school's improvement.
Peter Hales, assistant principal, said: "We are delighted with our latest Ofsted report.
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"To go from 'special measures' to 'good', while not quite unprecedented, is an excellent achievement which only a handful of schools have managed.
"We have worked very closely with the Academies Enterprise Trust which has supported us every step of the way. The next step is to aim for 'outstanding'. There are still things we need to improve on and we look forward to doing that.
"The people who benefit from higher standards all round are the pupils themselves, and we're glad to be able to provide them with a supportive environment in which they can do well."
The Ridge relocated to Cheltenham last year but in its previous incarnation as Amberley Ridge, near Stroud, it was placed in special measures in 2011.
Since converting to academy status a year ago, a huge amount of work has gone into improving learning conditions for pupils.
An adventure trail has been installed in the playground, there is a new sensory room, and a £70,000 multi-use games area is due to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
The Ofsted inspection, which took place in July, examined the school across a range of categories including pupils' achievement, the quality of teaching and leadership.
Sue Morris-King, government schools inspector, was fulsome in her praise of teachers at the school, which she said had made great strides since the previous inspection. In particular, she highlighted excellent support for pupils with challenging behaviour.
She said: "Teaching at The Ridge is good. As a result, pupils who are often behind in reading, writing and maths when they join are able to quickly catch-up. Pupils make good and sometimes outstanding progress in improving their behaviour. Pupils whose behaviour is very challenging are given excellent support. Staff are calm, kind, firm and full of good ideas about how to help pupils succeed."