A LAKE District school head teacher said the community was ‘excited’ following an 'improving' Ofsted report.

Lakes School, based at Troutbeck Bridge, near Windermere, has been told it requires improvement in its last two Ofsted inspections.

But after a monitoring visit in November, head teacher Andy Cunningham said the school was on the rise and improvements have been made.

The key findings in the report state that Mr Cunningham, together with staff and governors, demonstrate a shared determination to raise standards in the school.

Lakes School implemented a range of strategies to improve achievement in the sixth form. As a result, provisional examination results in 2018, and inspection evidence, show that students’ progress is now good overall.

Inspectors said the school should take further action to: review and refine current initiatives to improve pupils’ attendance further, especially that of disadvantaged pupils; increase the level of challenge in lessons so that pupils are stretched to achieve their potential and improve pupils’ ability to write at length.

Mr Cunningham, who has been head for five years, said everyone was delighted with the findings.

He said: “The school community is really excited with the report and improvements have been made since the last inspection.

“We are pleased with the statement that staff and governors are taking action and students achievements have been so strong that the rating has changed to good”

Mr Cunningham added: “Although we have been celebrating the positive report, we must continue to work hard to improve the school.

“Every school in the country requires improvements in some capacity.

“We will continue to work hard over the next 12 months for the next inspection to raise our standards again.

“New children and families come to our school every September, so we always have to improve our teaching and learning to help them gain the best grades and become well-respected individuals.”