LEADERS at a Poole middle school have thanked parents for their "truly humbling support" after receiving a Good grade from Ofsted inspectors.

Just two years ago Broadstone Middle School in Dunyeats Road was graded as Requires Improvement but leaders said hard work and positivity have turned things around.

The school has 520 pupils between the ages of nine and 13 and inspectors paid a two-day visit in December.

They met senior leaders, staff and pupils and also examined individual subjects in depth.

They checked school records, observed behaviour and spoke with parents.

In their report, lead inspector Sarah McGinnis said: "Broadstone Middle School has been on a successful journey of improvement. The dedicated and ambitious leadership team have worked hard to steer a course which is well thought through and based on educational research.

"Staff are supportive of the changes that leaders have made. They are energetic and enthusiastic and this inspires pupils to do their best."

Many aspects of the school were praised, including the design of the curriculum, the clear sense of direction and the way in which staff support the social and emotional needs of pupils.

The school is part of the Castleman Academy Trust and Chief Executive Rhonda Moore said: "The support we have received from our parents is truly humbling and we would like to thank them for taking the time to support us through the inspection and indeed, throughout our journey.” She added: “The Trust Directors are very pleased that the hard work of all involved with the school has been recognised by Osted."

Head of School Jade Palmer said the team are not complacent and added: "We have many plans to ensure our students' learning is even more meaningful and successful in the future."