STAFF and pupils at Worthing High School were celebrating this week after Ofsted deemed that it had made sufficient progress to be removed immediately from the special measures category it was placed into last year.
Inspectors visited the South Farm Road school on January 15 for a monitoring visit.
A full section 5 inspection took place the following day, the results of which will be available next month.
Head teacher Carolyn Dickinson said: “I am delighted to inform our parents and the local community that, following the monitoring visit by Ofsted, Worthing High School is no longer in special measures.
“The removal of special measures in less than 12 months is a great achievement and is due to the hard work and commitment of Worthing High staff, students, parents and carers.”
Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, said: “I am very pleased to hear that Worthing High School has been taken out of special measures and is clearly on a strong and speedy road to recovery.
“Carolyn Dickinson and her team have done an excellent job to bring this about in a relatively short period of time and I am sure this will give great reassurance to parents and students who have shown great patience and understanding as the management team at the school, helped by a number of impressive new members of staff, have faced up to the challenges.
“With academy status now well entrenched in the school’s ethos I think we can look forward to further substantial progress from this important school in our town.”
Meanwhile, two former pupils have received conditional places to study medicine at Oxford University.
Robert Hyder-Wilson has been offered a place at Christ Church College.
He said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Worthing High as Oxford University selection criteria was heavily weighted towards my GCSE grades which I achieved whilst at Worthing High.”
Ben Griffin, who has been offered a place at Wadham College, said: “I am really happy that I have been offered a place at Wadham and I’d like to pass on my thanks to all the staff at Worthing High for their support.”