STAFF at Benton Park are celebrating a Good Ofsted report after efforts to transform the school.

Co-headteachers Delia Martin and Stephen Dixon say they are now working towards making the school outstanding.

Two years ago the school was described as requiring improvement and the headteachers have welcomed the latest assessment.

They said: “The inspection was a very positive experience for staff, students and inspectors alike and we were delighted to receive some incredibly positive comments. We received praise from Ofsted that the plans we have implemented since September 2012 have been highly effective in bringing about the transformation of the school and that our current ambitious plans to improve further will lead to outstanding outcomes and experiences for all.”

The inspectors described the students as exemplary and said they “demonstrated consistently high standards of behaviour in lessons and around the school”. They also highlighted how students “enjoyed learning in a harmonious community.”

Teachers were said to “know their subjects well and this expertise, as well as their enthusiasm inspires, motivates and engages students in lessons.”

The inspectors also recognised the importance of strong leadership from the co-headteachers as well as senior leaders who they said had been key in bringing about improvement in teaching and in student achievement since the previous inspection.

The headteachers said: “We would like to thank all our parents for their support.”

They added: “We are both very happy to be leading a school that has been officially recognised as good by Ofsted and look forward to moving the school to ‘outstanding’.”