Staff and pupils have been celebrating in style after Ofsted rated St Edmund's Catholic Academy as "Good".

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Catering assistant Sam Hamilton and teacher Angela Jeer baked a cake to mark their success following the publication of the report this week.

Inspectors found the students to be "well behaved and a credit to St Edmund's Catholic Community", and said the leadership team had maintained a good quality of education at the academy.

They praised principal Maggie Hughes' "clear-sighted and organised" leadership and said that under her direction, senior leaders work with "rigour and clarity of purpose".

They said the academy has a culture of "high expectations for achievement, exemplary behaviour and a strong community spirit", with pupils who are well turned out and show pride in themselves and St Edmund's.

And they found rates of progress in English and mathematics increased sharply in 2015 from those recorded a year before.

Mrs Hughes, who was appointed in September 2014, said: "I am delighted to say that the inspection was a great success and we have retained our Good judgement.

"The feedback from the inspectors is extremely positive, highlighting the progress we have made since our previous inspection and pointing out next steps towards an outstanding judgement.

"Our strength lies in working together to ensure our young people make the best use of their skills and talents giving them the outstanding results."

Julien Kramer, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Director of Education said: "I would like to congratulate the staff, pupils and parents at St Edmund's on a superb outcome which reflects well on this great school and our city.

"I'm delighted that the hard work of the principal, her leadership team, the pupils and everyone else associated with the Academy has been recognised, and I am sure parents will join me in congratulating them as they continue their journey towards hopefully receiving an Outstanding judgement from Ofsted in the future."

  • released: Thursday 24 March, 2016