A HIGH school has been awarded a ‘good’ rating following an Ofsted inspection.

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Blackburn was judged as ‘outstanding’ in two areas – personal development and early years provision.

The inspector’s report praised the progress in pupils’ achievement that has ‘improved significantly in all key stage areas since the last inspection’ in May 2017 when the school was rated as ‘requires improvement’.

The report also commends the ‘stunning range of opportunities to enhance pupils’ personal development’ and the ‘exceptional range of opportunities beyond the formal curriculum’ that help ‘pupils to grow as human beings and ensure that pupils leave the school with fond memories’.

Head Claire Gammon said: “We are delighted to receive this positive feedback from Ofsted which celebrates the great work that happens in school every day, thanks to our dedicated staff team and committed pupils and students.

“We are incredibly proud of our academic success and it is also fantastic to see our commitment to going further than the taught curriculum being celebrated, as we work hard to develop all of our students beyond their studies.

“I am very pleased with the progress we have made in the last two and a half years and we are committed to continuing to build upon this success and ensure that our standards remain consistently high.”

Inspectors also said sixth form students are ‘articulate, well-mannered and mature’ benefitting from a ‘well-planned range of opportunities beyond their academic studies.’

QEGS changed from a private fee-paying school to a free school in 2014.