A STOCKBRIDGE school is “delighted” after results came back from a recent Ofsted inspection.

Test Valley School received a “short inspection” on Valentine’s Day and was found it “continues to be good”.

This was the first visit since the Stockbridge school was first judged by inspectors as ‘good’ in May 2013.

Of the school’s leadership team and staff, the report said: “You have set high expectations and demonstrate a clear commitment to pupils.

“The members of staff who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire expressed pride in the school and confidence in senior leaders.

“Parents are also very positive about the school and express confidence in your leadership.”

According to the report, most pupils’ exam results were in line with, “and in many cases above”, the national average.

Where some pupils made less progress, such as some disadvantaged and higher-attaining students, leaders addressed the issues and hope these groups make better progress this year.

It also showed the proportion of disadvantaged children achieving GCSE grades A* to C in maths and English was above that of pupils nationally.

Inspectors said it was evident in lessons thatthe relationship between staff and pupils was good, adding: “Staff know pupils well and demonstrate a determination to provide pupils with the best opportunities to achieve well.

“Pupils recognise and appreciate the culture of care and support which is a feature of the school.”

The report said the school’s next steps should ensure students’ progress accelerates further, senior leaders make better use of the information about the progress of key groups and to work on improving disadvantage pupils’ attendance remains a top priority.

Headteacher, Louisa Hiscock, said: “I am delighted that the school has again achieved such a positive outcome from Ofsted with the strengths and the progress we are making as a school being recognised.

"Their judgements certainly match our own self-evaluation and we are already addressing the next steps they have highlighted.

“We are also pleased that our ‘culture of care and support’ was identified as a feature of our school with effective safeguarding measures in place.

“This outcome is an important achievement for our school community and I thank the staff and governors for all their hard work and commitment to keep taking our school forward.

“We are very proud of our school and the well-being of our pupils is at the heart of everything we do.

“We are not, however, complacent and will always strive to be an even better school.”