PUPILS and staff at a church academy are celebrating success in their latest Ofsted inspection.

Bishops’ Bluecoat CE High School, in Boughton, was judged to be a good school with outstanding features in the inspection which took place in May. The school became an academy in April.

In the report, outstanding features include the curriculum, students’ contribution to the wider community, care, guidance and support and effective partnerships, including close links with the University of Chester.

The inspection stated that the school’s assessment procedures were excellent.

Bishops’ students are described as polite, mature and articulate and behave well in lessons and around school. Inspectors also noted the high number of students taking part in the ‘extensive range of extracurricular sporting and artistic activities.’

The school’s sixth form was judged to be good and the number of students going on to university degree courses, including courses at prestigious universities, is high.

Headteacher Justin Blakeborough said: “This is fantastic news.

“The inspectors not only told us that we were good with many outstanding features, but also said that we are a rapidly improving school well on the way to becoming outstanding in every way.

“It is good that parents both now and in the future can have confidence that their children will receive a first class education at The Bishops’ High School. And I would like to pay tribute to both staff and students who have worked so hard to make the school such a excellent one’.

The Bishop of Birkenhead, the Right Rev Keith Sinclair, joined in the celebrations by visiting the school and writing to congratulate staff and the school community on their achievement.

Jo Henwood