STAFF from Birchensale Middle School are celebrating after being rated 'good' in its recent Ofsted inspection.

Retiring headteacher Hilary Dowding said she was delighted with the report, which praised the teaching throughout the school.

The report stated that pupils are keen to learn and feel safe at the school, and they are particularly well informed about e-safety.

It also highlighted that behaviour is good and many pupils make a very positive contribution to the life of the school and to supporting other pupils.

Areas given for improvement include the marking of pupils’ work, the presentation of pupils’ work and that the school is just beginning to analyse the progress of pupils from their different starting points.

Another area was that leaders’ planning to improve teaching and achievement does not always indicate the desired outcomes.

Miss Dowding said she was pleased the future for Birchensale looks bright.

“I am a firm believer in Middle School education," she said. "It is encouraging to leave Birchensale in such a good position, in the safe hands of Tim Jones.”

The headteacher designate, Mr Jones, added he was looking forward to taking over the role in September.

He said: “This is an exciting time for Birchensale. Through our academic achievements, our success in the sports and through the arts, as well as our strong pastoral care, more and more families are choosing to join our successful pyramid of schools with whom we will be working closely now and in to the future."