A BARROW school has been told by Ofsted it requires improvement for the second inspection in a row.

Free school Chetwynde was graded as 'good' in a number of areas by inspectors but was told it required improvement when it came to its overall quality of education.

School bosses said they were drawing the positives from the report after being praised for the two-day visit in November.

Inspectors were impressed with the leadership and management at the school and said acting headteacher Steve Jefferson had won the trust of staff, parents, and pupils since his appointment in September 2019.

The report said: “Leaders and governors want pupils to do the best they can. Pupils achieve well in a wide range of subjects in both the primary and secondary school.

“The early years provides children with a flying start.”

Inspectors said pupils were polite and respectful to each other and their teachers, and in lessons, they listened to staff and worked hard. They said pupils felt safe at school, and bullying was rare.

Mr Jefferson said: “We are delighted that the report has recognised the hard work that has been put in by the staff and the students since the last inspection to ensure Chetwynde School is a safe and welcoming environment where our pupils achieve well.

“It is heartening to read comments from parents who say their children flourish in the school."

Year 11 pupils recently celebrated the school's best ever GCSE results as a free school at a ceremony attended by Furness College principal Andrew Wren.