AN ANDOVER school has maintained its ‘good’ rating from the education watchdog.

The Mark Way School, in Batchelors Barn Road, was visited by Ofsted on May 23 after it was judged to be ‘good’ in 2014.

In a report published on July 2 it was highlighted that the school “demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas”.

Inspector Gary Tostevin said to headteacher Sonia Longstaff-Bishop that she led the school “with determination to see all pupils engage in the best possible learning”.

“You are supported ably by your senior leaders, who share your vision. They are equally dedicated to improving the life chances of all your pupils.”

He noted that pupils also enjoyed coming into school and showed confidence in the support they received from staff.

It was also highlighted that school leaders have addressed areas of improvement which has meant that the curriculum is now “broad and balanced”.

Mr Tostevin rated safeguarding as “effective” , adding: “The school works effectively with other agencies to make sure that pupils receive any additional care that they need to be safe.”

Staff also showed a “strong commitment to pupils’ well-being” and their effective action has led to a “sharp rise in pupils’ attendance”.