Marlwood school is now out of special measures following an improved Ofsted report.

Ofsted rated the school 'inadequate' in July 2017, but the school has now been upgraded to 'requires improvement' following another inspection last month.

The inspection report claims Marlwood, part of the Castle School Education Trust (CSET), is enjoying 'a new lease of life'.

In the report the school's behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management were ranked as 'good', while the quality of education still requires improvement.

Headteacher Del Planter, who joined the school at the beginning of the 2018/19 academic year, was praised for his 'ambitious vision' and the way he had energised pupils and staff.

The report stated: "The school is now improving rapidly, although the impact of his work is not yet fully embedded.

"A new curriculum has been introduced in which teachers expect pupils to think deeply and remember what they have been taught.

"This new curriculum is at the heart of the school’s improvement."

The behaviour of pupils and safeguarding issues also came in for praise, as did CSET.

"The multi academy trust that the school belongs to has played a significant role in developing the school over the past two years.

"It has used its staff to support and supplement the senior leadership team and to support subject areas when problems

arise," the report stated.

One area the school needs to improve is in literacy.

The report stated: "Pupils’ writing skills are improving but weaknesses remain. Pupils make spelling and punctuation errors that are often not corrected, and so are repeated.

"Some pupils are not confident in writing longer answers.

"Leaders need to keep literacy as a focus for development so that pupils’ work in this area continues to improve."

Full reaction to the news will be available in next week's Gazette, available from Thursday, January 16.