A HIGH school which was placed in special measures by Ofsted one year ago is looking forward to a bright future.

A recent monitoring visit to Sandymoor School in Runcorn confirmed that it is taking action to improve the school.

Under the leadership of Sally Jones and her new team, the Ofsted report found that they were also improving the behaviour and attendance of pupils.

A new curriculum has helped strengthen the school and the quality of careers advice has been transformed.

Since September the school has been supported by Tuesday Humby and members of staff at Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Widnes, who led the academy to Ofsted outstanding in less than three years.

Chair of governors, Bryan Jones, said: "We are delighted with this report.

"Our school is on such a rapid journey of improvement and to have it acknowledged by Ofsted is very heartening for our community.

"Our partnership with Ormiston Chadwick Academy has been instrumental to the speed of improvement and we look forward to that relationship continuing for the benefit of all our brilliant pupils."

Principal, Sally Jones, commented: "This is our first official endorsement that what we are doing is having the right impact for our pupils.

"Our summer results will be the next.

"I’m so grateful to all our community for their support and confidence in what we are doing - we are almost oversubscribed next year.

"We know there is still more to do and rest assured we are by no means being complacent now we have had this first validation, but I have a brilliant team and the future is looking very bright."