OFSTED inspectors have handed a ‘good’ rating to Netherwood Academy.

The secondary school, in Wombwell, has been given the education watchdog’s second-highest mark having been told it required improvement just three years ago.

Inspectors highlighted that the school is ‘determined to improve the life chances of its pupils’ and commended the leadership at Netherwood, which is under the wing of the Astrea Academy Trust.

Ofsted also found that staff are ‘extremely positive’ about the changes made and that ‘leaders ensure that staff have a healthy work-life balance’.

Principal Jonny Mitchell said: “I am very pleased that Ofsted have recognised the improvements made at Netherwood since the last inspection.

“This judgement is a clear reflection of the efforts of pupils, staff and the community, and we look forward to building on this success so they can continue to thrive at our school.”

Astrea chief executive Rowena Hackwood added: “Congratulations to Jonny, the whole staff team and the fantastic pupils at Netherwood.

“I’m especially pleased to see that staff are positive about the changes made, and Ofsted recognises how hard the staff have worked, that they have clearly had access to good training and work collaboratively to make improvements at the school.”