A SCHOOL near Bridgwater has been commended by Ofsted following a recent ungraded inspection.

Brymore Academy, in Cannington, could see its current 'good' rating upped to 'outstanding' if it continues to perform at the level it is currently.

Following the visit from Ofsted on February 27 and 28 this year, the inspector wrote: "The evidence gathered suggests that the inspection grade might be outstanding if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now."

The boys' secondary school was praised for the high standards it holds of pupils, and particularly the 'specialist curriculum' delivered by the 'encouraging' teachers.

The inspector wrote: "Pupils make strong progress in English and mathematics. This means pupils are well prepared to move on to Level 3 qualifications when they reach the next stage of their education.’

Students told inspectors that they ‘are proud to be a ‘Brymore Boy’, which was noted in the report, as well as the fact that they enjoy the leadership opportunities presented to them.

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Pupils added that bullying is unusual, and that they are confident in talking to one of many trusted adults at the school if they have a concern.

"Pupils know the school act promptly to reports of poor behaviour or inappropriate language," the inspector added.

"Staff, parents and pupils praise the school highly."

Brymore Academy was not told to improve in any aspects.

Headteacher Mark Thomas said: "Whilst I do not think a one word statement should sum up a school I am delighted that the report highlights so many positive features of Brymore and I think it is testament to the hard work and support of so many people including parents and, of course, the boys themselves.

"Whilst this truly was a delight to read, it comes as no surprise to me that Ofsted have recognised how hard the staff are working to change the life chances of the boys at Brymore.

"I am so proud to be Head of this school and to have a team who throw everything into making the boys fully rounded young men.

"Above all, the boys never let us down, whether that be as part of their leadership roles around school, when out in the community or when they are helping us run our annual country fair, and I cannot speak highly enough of the boys."