Inspectors have praised the progress of a Rishton school but say it still needs improvement.
Ofsted visited Norden High School last month for a two-day visit, which came only 16 months after its last inspection.
They found that pupils’ attainment and progress is improving but they are not yet good in all subjects including English and maths.
Headteacher Tim Mitchell said they are in ‘total agreement’ with the inspectors’ findings and believe changes implemented in recent months will help them move towards a ‘good’ judgement.
He said: “I am delighted that they have recognised the huge strides and advances that have taken place since the last visit.
“Some of the developments we have made have already had a very positive impact on the teaching and the students’ learning, while other changes will take longer to increase the students’ progress.
“As only 16 months have passed since the last inspection, enough time has not lapsed to fully assess the changes that have been made that would enable the school to be judged ‘a good school’, so it was very important to us that the inspectors commended our improvements and cemented our views that we are moving towards a ‘good’ judgement.”
He added: “We acknowledge that there is still work to be done, but are confident that – with continued hard work and dedication from staff, students and governors –
we will fulfil our goal of becoming an outstanding school.”
Lead inspector Liz Goodman visited the Stourton Street school on May 13 and 14 with two other inspectors and held meetings with staff and pupils, observed lessons and examined students’ work.
The report shows that the most marked improvement has been in English and that overall teaching is ‘improving rapidly’. It also praises the ‘effective leadership’ and ‘strong guidance’ of the senior management and governors.
It said: “The headteacher and deputy headteachers have a highly accurate view about the school’s overall effectiveness and their work is securing the improvements needed in teaching and progress.
“Despite only being in post a short length of time, the new deputy headteachers are proving to be highly effective.
“The governors have a highly accurate and detailed knowledge of the quality of teaching and students’ achievement.
“They regularly visit the school and receive frequent detailed reports.”
Pupil attendance was found to be below average for the 2012/13 year but has shown a ‘marked improvement’ and is now closer to the national average.
The report also praised pupil behaviour and safety.
The school will now be subject to a further inspection within the next two years.