Staff at a school which had been told to improve received the perfect Easter gift after being praised by Ofsted.
Our Lady Queen of Heaven School, in Langley Green, had been told it required improvement following an inspection last year and was criticised during a follow-up inspection.
The latest inspection, though, on March 18 painted a different picture with staff and governors being praised for the work which had gone in to meeting the requirements.
In his report, inspector Robin Hammerton told the school: “The school is better than it was a year ago. You have worked successfully, with good humour, at setting a clearer direction.”
He added: “You have clear evidence that pupils’ progress and attainment are becoming better.
“The 2014 national test results, at all stages and subjects, showed improvement and were above national averages.”
The report said no pupils were underachieving and made particular mention of the improvements they had attained in mathematics – and area which had come in for criticism in the original report.
Headteacher Tobias Melia said: “We were pleased with the outcomes of the visit and Ofsted’s recognition of the improvements we are making.
“We feel that everything is in place and the guidance and support from West Sussex County Council is that we’re heading in the right direction.
“If we continue in this direction with good teachers and good outcomes from our results, we will regain our good grading.”