A SECONDARY school near Oxford has been flattered with compliments about its 'passionate' staff and 'inclusive ethos'.

Ofsted has rated 1,122-pupil Matthew Arnold School in Botley 'good', following a two-day visit last month.

Its report, released last week, said: "The headteacher [Katherine Ryan], ably supported by senior leaders, is determined and passionate about providing a high-quality education for every pupil.

"This is at the heart of the school’s inclusive ethos.

"Dedicated pastoral staff provide high-quality support...as a result, pupils feel safe and well cared for."

The watchdog last visited in January for a short inspection, when it was rated good and tipped for a full inspection as Ofsted felt it could be closing in on an 'outstanding' standard.

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Although the school did not gain the top rating this time, the inspector remained impressed and said staff morale was high.

The report stated: "Teachers' well-developed questioning means that misconceptions in lessons are addressed and pupils learn from their mistakes.

"Pupils build resilience so that they can keep trying when tasks are difficult."

The inspector witnessed a small number of pupils 'act boisterously' but said leaders were 'increasingly effective' in stopping this, adding that bullying is rare.

In the school's sixth form, Ofsted said tailored support helps students to 'thrive'.

The report added: "Students feel safe, behave well and enjoy being part of the resulting caring community.

"One student enthusiastically told inspectors ‘I want to be here every day.’"