A Devizes junior school that two years ago was left reeling by an inadequate Ofsted report has now completed its mission to be good in all areas.

Southbroom St James Academy has just received a good grade from church inspectors to go with the good it received from Ofsted back in October.

Head Gareth Bailey said: “As a school we are extremely happy that all the hard work from the staff, children and school community has been acknowledge.

“We began the academic year receiving a ‘Good’ grading from Ofsted and have now nearly finished the academic year with a ‘Good’ grading from SIAMS. (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools)

“Achieving a double good has made me so proud of the school, children and staff. Southbroom St James Academy is now truly flourishing in line with our school vision and we will continue to move forward.

“It is a school where children and staff now feel they belong and can believe that anything can be achieved.”

Mr Bailey was part of a new management team put in place by executive head Andrew Wilson who pledged in January, 2017 that he would turn the school around and reach a good rating.

The church inspectors said in the report: “The school’s distinctive Christian vision is strongly embedded within the life of the school and all stakeholders are able to articulate this with a good level of understanding.

“The leaders of the school are determined that all pupils should belong, believe and flourish and this is being realised through the pupils’ achievements and attitudes.

“The behaviour of pupils and interactions between adults and pupils are often exemplary. This reflects the fact that flourishing through belonging and reconciliation is at the heart of the school’s ethos.”

Both Mr Bailey and Mr Wilson praised parents for supporting the school’s big to improve and being involved with activities.