Students and staff at a “vibrant and high quality” school are celebrating after retaining the highest Ofsted rating.

Shoreham Academy was judged to be outstanding once again following its first inspection in over a decade.

Inspectors described staff as being “deeply invested” in inspiring their pupils and that sixth formers in particular not only benefit from high-quality teaching but also from “extensive wider opportunities” to encourage their strength of character and are seen as “vital ambassadors for the school”.

Inspectors said the school, which has been oversubscribed for many years, is determined every student succeeds, regardless of their background or needs.

Pupils benefit from the “focused and vibrant atmosphere” which alongside a “rigorous, broad and highly effective” curriculum means they achieve well in their subjects.

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Inspectors identified a particular strength of the school in the efforts made to understand and support the needs of all pupils. This includes provision for those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), whose needs are met “extremely well”, such that they still “excel alongside their peers”.

They also praised the success of the academy’s focus on “education with character”, which ensures children are “exceptionally well prepared” for life beyond school.

Jim Coupe, principal at Shoreham Academy, said: “We are incredibly proud that our school has once again been judged ‘outstanding’. It is particularly gratifying to have retained this outcome after all these years, which serves as a testament to the consistently high standards held by everyone across the school.

“I would like to thank the entire school community for their ongoing support and commitment to helping all our students thrive during their time at Shoreham Academy and beyond.”

Sixth former Erin Burke, who has been at the school since Year 7, said: “Shoreham Academy is a great school with amazing teachers and opportunities. The support offered by the teachers inspires me to do my best and feel confident in my learning – especially in the maths department.”

Laura Bourner, another student who joined the school in sixth form from Davison High School in Worthing, said: “Teachers and other staff always go above and beyond to support all students in their work. The teachers are always supportive and happy to help all students in what they want to achieve.”