A SOUTHAMPTON school has been given an 'outstanding' rating by Ofsted for the second time in a row.

St Anne’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College was given the outstanding title following a two-day inspection in September.

Inspectors described the school as a “lively, diverse and inclusive school” where “pupils are well cared for and have excellent opportunities”.

Staff told inspectors how they felt “valued” and “love working” at the school.

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The report says “parents are very positive about their experience, describing the school as amazing and wonderful".

It said pupils' behaviour is exemplary, they treat each other with courtesy and "value and respect other people’s beliefs whether they are the same or different from their own”.

Inspectors found teachers are "highly expert" in their subjects and accurately check what pupils know and have remembered.

They added that “pupils produce an extremely high standard of work, and they achieve very well in public examinations".

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Headteacher James Rouse said: “We are delighted that St Anne’s has been found to be Outstanding by Ofsted yet again, and the report reflects the continued success of the whole St Anne’s community.

"Ever since our last inspection, we have refused to rely on past glory but continued to strive to be the best that we can be every day for the sake of our current and future pupils.

"As the report says, we are always looking for ways to make things better.

"As a result, we continue to ensure the pupils in our school get the very best learning experience.”

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Executive Headteacher, Lyn Bourne, added: "We are delighted that inspectors highlighted how the Catholic ethos of the school has a vital role to play in our success: 'Spiritual values are celebrated all around the school.

"In keeping with the founders’ values, staff strongly encourage all pupils to live life to the full.’

"Our Catholic ethos underpins every decision we make and it is clear that it is the reason why our children and staff are so happy here, and why parents want to send their children to our school and to our sixth form college."

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