Corby Technical School has been declared outstanding in every way by Government inspectors.
The secondary school which opened in 2012 has been rated outstanding for pupil achievement, the quality of teaching, behaviour of students and leadership.
Ofsted inspectors praised pupils’ progress and their attitude to learning, as well as the ability of teachers, lesson planning and the expectations of students.
The school’s principal Angela Reynolds also won praise for the way she has led the school and for her diligence and determination.
She said: “We are thrilled that the excellent work that is going on within our school by students and staff has been recognised by the inspectors.
“When we opened, the ethos was that our students were pioneers of a school determined to provide first class learning and this is proving to be the case.
“Our parents have also played a huge part in the school’s success and support us every step of the way.”
The Brooke Weston Trust school specialises in the design and technology subjects and uses innovative teaching methods such as dedicating Wednesday afternoons to the study of science, technology, engineering and maths.
The inspector’s report said: “Students make outstanding progress from their different starting points in English and maths, and good or better progress across a range of subjects.
“Students’ conduct in lessons and around the school is impeccable. Consistently good, and frequently better, teaching across most subjects has led to outstanding outcomes for most students.”
The teaching of literacy and reading skills was particularly praised.
Schools Minister Lord Nash praised the school for its efforts and said: “I congratulate staff and pupils at Corby Technical School on the publication of their first Ofsted report.
“Achieving this uutstanding rating in only their second year of opening is a fantastic achievement and all down to the exceptional hard work and determination of the teachers and pupils at the school.
“I am particularly impressed by the glowing comments Ofsted has made about the progress that students make in English and maths as well as their well-developed skills in writing, communication and reading, and the school’s relentless pursuit of achieving an outstanding standard of education.
“This school is an excellent example of how the free school programme is offering pupils and parents a high standard of education in Corby, Northamptonshire and right across the country.”
The school, the first free school in Northamptonshire, started in an old school building in Cottingham Road and pupils moved to a new £6m building last September.