PUPILS and staff at a Huddersfield school are celebrating because it has been taken out of special measures.
The future is now much brighter for the once-failing Fartown High School, which has been in special measures for almost 18 months.
"A good school getting better" is the view of Government Ofsted inspectors who visited the school this year.
They added: "There had been a consistent and sustained improvement in the quality of education provided."
Trouble-shooting head Steve Britton, who was brought into the school in October, 2004, to lead the change, said: "This excellent report is a tribute to all staff who have worked diligently and are totally committed to do the best they can for the students and the wider community.
"We are pleased with the comments from the students themselves to the inspectors. They report that they feel their opinions are valued and that `nobody puts anyone down'.
"The students were also positive about the teaching they receive, as they told the inspectors that lessons were `getting better all the time'.
"We were particularly delighted to read the inspectors' judgement that `the systems and practices we have put in place to bring about the much- needed improvements are not only effective but also firmly embedded in the daily routines of the school.
"With this ringing endorsement of our efforts the team at Fartown will continue to work with students, families and outside agencies to raise the educational experience of all our students."
When a school is put in special measures subjects targeted include poor educational standards, poor quality of teaching and the management and efficiency of the school.
Ofsted inspectors now write to the students as well as providing a formal report for governors.
The main findings of the inspectors were:
* The school is well led; the headteacher, staff and governors are working hard to help all students achieve their full potential in life.
* The behaviour of students is good, not only in lessons but also around the school, between lessons and during breaks.
* There are good relationships in school and a friendly atmosphere in which most students are keen to learn.
* There are lots of adults who are there to help and support students during their time at school. Students said they were grateful for this help and that they knew exactly what to do if there was a problem.
* The school is giving students opportunities to adopt healthy lifestyles, including more healthy options in the canteen.
* Many students and their families are making a great effort to get to school, but there are still a number of students who need to improve on this.
* Teachers are telling students more clearly how to improve their work when it is marked. Students can work with them on this to act on their advice and improve their work even more.