The latest Ofsted report on Calne’s John Bentley Academy confirms the school has maintained its high teaching standards year on year.

The school received a grading of good overall for the third time since 2007 and was praised for the progress of students, their behaviour and the quality of lessons.

Inspectors observed 42 lessons on June 6 and 7, spoke to staff and asked parents for their views.

In a report, the inspectors said: “The headteacher and his skilled leadership team have made significant improvements to the quality of teaching over recent years, leading to improved outcomes for students.

“Year 11 students are above average in almost all subjects, including English, mathematics and science.

“Achievement in the sixth form is good and continues to improve.”

Students and teachers celebrated the results this week at sports day, when the school’s governing body supplied drinks and ice cream.

Headteacher Gordon Trafford said the inspection had encouraged teachers.

He said: “This is particularly pleasing as there is no question that the new Ofsted framework is more challenging for all schools, with the Government having to raise the bar in the way schools are judged.

“The teaching staff are delighted because comments on their teaching are superb.

“They are dedicated and skilled and they work day in, day out for the students.”

Inspectors also gave an idea of how the school could improve further, including the need to make all teaching outstanding and to improve the impact subject leaders have on the quality of teaching.

Mr Trafford, who is due to retire at the end of the term, said the school received a grading of good with outstanding features in 2010 but since then the inspection framework had changed.

He said: “While I am delighted with this report, the school has many other outstanding features not covered by this new framework.

“The areas judged to be outstanding in 2010, such as working in partnership with our community, encouraging healthy lifestyles, pupils’ contribution to the wider community, as well as the effectiveness of work with parents and carers, continue to be outstanding.”