DRAYTON Manor High School is celebrating the news that it has been declared ‘Outstanding’, the highest award possible, by Ofsted.

The education insporate had glowing comments for the Hanwell school, based in Drayton Bridge Road, following a visit in May.

An excerpt from the inspectors report reads: “The school has a well-deserved reputation of giving all students equal opportunities to succeed. It supports their individual needs so they make outstanding progress.

“Many of them attain well above average standards. All students are very well prepared for their future lives, whatever their chosen paths.”

“Leadership is outstanding with the headteacher’s wisdom, experience and care for all students permeating the extremely harmonious atmosphere. “Management is outstanding, from senior leaders to subject leaders. Performance management is well linked to individual accountability and professional development, the latter being most effective.

There was also plenty of praise for students, who attain ‘well above average standards’, and the ‘enthusiastic, resilient’ sixth form.

Only a few areas for improvement were highlighted, namely intensifying guidance and support offered to students and ensuring all teachers prepare work matched to students abilities, particularly Key Stage 3.

Sir Pritpal Singh, head at the school, said: “I am delighted to announce that our recent Ofsted inspection went very well and we have been awarded an outstanding grade which is the highest any school can get.

“This is well deserved recognition of the enormous effort of students, parents, staff, governors and friends of the school and I want to say thank you very much to all concerned.”

Christine Fortune, chair of governors said: “This is a fantastic acknowledgement of the commitment, hard work and dedication of every member of the school and is well deserved. I am confident that these very high standards will continue to be maintained.”