A BOURNEMOUTH secondary school has made rapid progress since it was ordered to improve two years ago, according to government inspectors.

St Peter’s in Southbourne has been rated as Good following a recent Ofsted inspection.

Head teacher David Todd was praised for his “clear leadership and vision” after a team of inspectors spent two days at the school.

They observed 39 lessons as well a watching assemblies, visiting tutor time sessions and talking to students.

Mr Todd said he was delighted with the outcome of the report and added: “This report is a genuine and accurate reflection of St Peter’s School – all staff and students work hard to ensure the best possible results for all.”

Chairman of governors, Richard Dickinson, agreed and said: “The school is very clearly back on track and looking to be outstanding.”

Inspectors said students at the school, which is split over two sites at St Catherine’s Road and Holdenhurst Avenue, want to achieve well and are well supported.

They added: “Teaching has significantly improved. High quality training has enabled teachers to meet the learning needs of students more effectively.

“Students generally behave well.

“The school is led effectively by the head teachers and the governing body has improved,” the inspectors added.

The school, which teaches students aged from 11 to 18, has more than 1,500 students, 341 of whom are in the sixth form.