Staff and pupils at Lichfield Cathedral School are celebrating after inspectors praised their work.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate highlighted the academic achievements and personal development of pupils and the Christian environment in which they are educated.
The report added: “Pupils of all ages have highly positive attitudes to learning. They are eager to learn, take pride in what they achieve and persevere with their tasks.
“The academic achievement of pupils is significantly strengthened by their excellent achievements in extra-curricular activities. At all stages creativity flourishes with excellent outcomes, notably in art, as observed in the excellent displays around the school, and in drama and music.
“The pupils’ strong spiritual development is encouraged by the Christian ethos of the school and their exploration of Christian values. Pupils develop their individuality, becoming self-confident young people with a clear sense of their own beliefs.”
Lichfield Cathedral School’s headteacher, Susan Hannam, said she was delighted with the glowing report from inspectors.
“They have recognised the school’s high standards of teaching and learning, our superb staff, wide-ranging extra-curricular programme and exceptional pastoral care,” she said. “It is rewarding to know that the things in which we pride ourselves were not only recognised by the inspectors, but were articulated to them by our pupils.”
The headteacher’s views were echoed by Colin Hopkins, chairman of governors at the school.
“It is wonderful to see the word ‘excellent’ used 40 times in the report,” he said. “In everything we do, we focus on educating pupils as individuals and I’m delighted this glowing report celebrates how much outstanding work goes on at Lichfield Cathedral School.
“Our pupils, staff, parents and my fellow governors should all feel proud. We’re a successful school and we’ll use this report as a platform to improve even further.”