A large Southampton secondary school has been given a Good rating by Ofsted after having a recent visit from inspectors.

Bitterne Park School on Dimond Road had a recent visit from Ofsted inspectors after its last fully graded inspection in 2017.

There are 2,020 students on the school role, 140 of which are part of the school’s sixth form.

On May 8 and 9, inspectors completed the inspection with them highlighting teachers’ commitment to students, the school’s pandemic recovery plan and its ability to deal with pupils behaviour.

In the report, the inspector wrote: “Leaders have made some significant improvements to the school which are helping pupils get back on track after the pandemic.

(Image: Ash Mills) “In particular, some pupils who struggle with reading receive expert help to fill gaps in their phonics knowledge.

“Pupils typically behave and communicate respectfully in lessons, at social times and as they move around the school.

“This is testament to staff’s hard work to embed the school’s high expectations for pupils’ behaviour. Bullying is not common and any instances are dealt with well.”

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The inspector also highlighted that pupils are encouraged to pursue their talents and aspirations.

(Image: Ash Mills) In the report, the inspector added: “Pupils are encouraged to pursue their talents, such as in football, poetry and music.

“The announcement of this year’s school production caused much excitement during the inspection.”

Reacting to the positive Ofsted report, Stewart Roderick, headteacher at Bitterne Park School said: “We are delighted with the outcome of our recent graded Ofsted inspection. 

“We are particularly proud that the inspection team recognised our ambition and high expectations for our students, as well as the respectful culture which has provided the foundation for our improvement journey, over the last 18 months. 

“We are determined to build on these strengths and are excited for the future, as our students fulfil their potential and Bitterne Park School continues to strive to achieve our vision of being a 'great' school for our community.”