A Suffolk secondary school has achieved its first ever 'good' rating from education watchdog Ofsted - having previously been listed as 'requires improvement'.

Inspectors had raised concerns that teachers at Felixstowe School, in High Street, Felixstowe, were not checking that pupils had understood key ideas and called for leaders to further train teachers to check pupils' understanding.

In addition, the Ofsted team had highlighted some "low-level disruption" in classes which interrupted pupils' learning and implored leaders to continue to make inroads in tackling such incidents.

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Trust leaders were also asked to provide further training for senior leaders so they were able to analyse the "wealth of information" available to them.

However, in the latest inspection, conducted in June, the school achieved a 'Good' rating in every category, including quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and sixth form provision.

Reacting to the news, headteacher Emma Wilson-Downes said: “As a school, we are delighted with the outcome of the inspection where the overall effectiveness of Felixstowe School was seen to be good.

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“In all five areas, the school was judged to be good, including in our sixth form, which was particularly praised for its nurturing atmosphere and excellent support.

“Personal development was also highly praised, with students in receipt of a well-planned programme of study and careers education throughout the school.

“We are excited to continue our work to ensure that we continue to drive all areas further over the next months and years to come.”

In the report, the inspectors said the school's 1,241 pupils were benefiting from being part of the 'improving school' where staff had high aspirations for students, who were happy and felt safe.

The report said there was a new, ambitious curriculum in many subjects and pupils could enjoy more challenging lessons with teachers who provided them with better support.