Staff and pupils are celebrating after securing an outstanding rating from Ofsted.
Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough won high praise following an inspection in January, scoring top marks for leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching and achievement of students.
The only area where it failed to get an outstanding rating was the sixth form provision, although this was still deemed good.
The inspectors’ rating means the academy is one of only six outstanding secondary schools in the county.
Inspectors said in their report: “The academy does a superb job. It ensures that when students leave, they are extremely well equipped to take their place in society as young adults.
“Leaders have established highly effective systems for checking and improving the quality of teaching and achievement. As a result both are excellent.
“Students’ GCSE results have been outstanding since the academy opened.
“Teachers make sure that work is carefully matched to what students need to learn.
“As a result all ability groups make very rapid progress.”
The report also said students’ behaviour was exemplary, leaders know what has to be done to maintain the academy’s many strengths and improve the very few areas that are not yet outstanding, the sixth form is good and improving very rapidly, and the governors are very effective.
Principal Victoria Bishop, who inspectors said provided ‘top class leadership,’ was delighted with the report and said: “I am thrilled and proud.
“One of the highlights of the feedback was that a key strength of the academy was the relationship between the staff and the students.
“That is what makes this place special, it is the working together to get the best outcomes for everybody.”
She added: “I am immensely proud of my staff, this was a team effort and they deserve this.”
Mrs Bishop described the report as ‘wonderfully positive’ and added: “I have been here for 11 years now and I was working very hard for this to happen in my time.
“We are very pleased.”
Previous inspections at the school, before it became an academy in March 2012, saw it achieve a satisfactory rating in 2008 and good in 2011.
The report for the school, which has 1,124 pupils aged between 11 and 18, is due to be published online by Ofsted this week. Visit http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/ to find it.