Troubled school makes the grade

Staff and pupils at Highfields School are celebrating after a glowing Ofsted report

Staff and pupils at Highfields School are celebrating after a glowing Ofsted report

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A Matlock school which was told it must do better is celebrating after turning itself around in just a year.

Highfields School has received a glowing report from education watchdogs who judged it to be ‘good’ in all areas with an ‘outstanding’ sixth form.

The improved standards mean the school’s ‘notice to improve’ has been removed by Ofsted after a year.

Headteacher Eddie Wilkes said the turnaround was due to the hard work of everyone involved with the school.

He added: “Staff, students, governors, parents and the local authority have pulled together and worked tirelessly to bring about the improvements – I’m incredibly proud.

“However, this will not result in any complacency.

“We remain committed to continuing our journey towards becoming an outstanding school.”

Derbyshire County Council’s education chief Cllr Mike Londgen said: “The school and our advisors have worked well together to secure the necessary improvements.”