WHEN Wood Green School was handed a “good” rating by Ofsted inspectors in July, it marked the culmination of almost two years of hard work by students and staff.

The Witney secondary school had been placed in special measures in November 2013, just three years after being rated “outstanding”.

But headteacher Rob Shadbolt, who took over in April 2013, was committed to turning the 1,000-pupil comprehensive around.

Now the school has regained its “good” ranking Mr Shadbolt said he is committed to keeping standards high and continuing to improve.

He said: “We must never stop improving, we know we are not perfect and we want our rating to go even higher.

“We believe developing our teachers is crucial, but also helping students to develop their own independence is a big thing.”

Pupils at the school are encouraged to achieve high results but also to develop as individuals and prepare for life after secondary education.

Mr Shadbolt said: “Pupils in our sixth form will be doing at least three A-Levels, if not four, as well as community service.

“Last year we had students who did more than 200 hours and also did really well in their studies.

“In Year 7, every tutor group works towards an art festival and every single subject takes part in it.

“We then bring it all together with a big event where the parents come and see it all at the end of November. It is the first big event for the pupils.”

The school has long been known for its focus on music and drama but Mr Shadbolt also highlighted the opportunities for youngsters in other areas.

He said: “There are also lots of opportunities with sports, particularly sports that pupils are trying for the first time.

“And the academic side is really important, pushing them as people.

“From day one we are teaching new students about the power of making an effort.

“It is not about who is the best, it is about improving yourself and getting better.

“The more you can teach that for young people the more it will help them achieve their full potential.”