The principal of a Kettering academy says the school is on the right track after a report by inspectors said it required improvement.
The Ofsted report on Kettering Science Academy (KSA) was published earlier this month, with inspectors saying not enough pupils had made the progress they were capable of, teaching was not consistently good and attendance was below average.
But Paul Davies, principal of KSA’s secondary phase, said he was pleased inspectors also recognised teaching, achievement and pupils’ behaviour were all improving.
He added: “We recognise we haven’t reached our destination yet, but our speed is picking up and we are heading in the right direction.
“The inspection team said our self-evaluation was absolutely honest.
“We now have two years to become ‘good’.
“Quite simply, our results aren’t good enough yet, and we still have got a lot of improvements to make in the classroom.
“But we are very much an academy on the up.
“We’ve had the best results in our history and the history of our predecessor schools.
“We don’t want to be an average school. We have got teachers who can and want to do much more than that.
“We are currently oversubscribed. We are the school of choice for Kettering parents.”
Chairman of governors Steve Barton said: “There is still a lot to do but we are happy the academy is headed in the right direction and the Ofsted report has confirmed that we are doing the right things.”