STAFF and students at Woodfield Academy are celebrating after a recent Ofsted inspection.

Inspector Graham Tyrer visited the school and rated it Good, saying the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

In a report letter he said that staff and governors have worked with pupils and parents to create a school that promotes ambition and self-belief.

The report also acknowledges the academy’s clear purpose and its efforts to improve learning and pupils’ welfare.

"A culture where safeguarding is recognised as a top priority for staff and pupils" is identified, while it says pupils work well, show effort and are keen to succeed, especially when lessons are engaging.

The report identified several areas for attention.

It said more needs to be done to further reduce the overall absence of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and that the school needs to continue to improve teaching in key stage 2 so that all pupils, particularly those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, make even stronger progress.

Steve Bond, headteacher, said: "This is a fabulous outcome and I am delighted. I am so grateful for the on-going efforts and contributions across our school community – and it hasn’t always been easy.

"It is great news for us, but also for middle schools, the three-tier system and, I hope, for Redditch. It means so much and I am particularly proud of the praise for our children in the report letter - they deserve it."

Tracy Coward, chairman of governors, said the result is well-deserved.

"It reflects the hard work of the headteacher, staff, governors and parents, who are all committed to making Woodfield a great place for pupils to learn," she said.