Pupils and teachers at Minsthorpe Community College were celebrating after Ofsted inspectors gave it a ‘good’ rating.
The school was marked as good for students’ achievements, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and its leadership and management.
Inspectors said the proportion of pupils who gained five or more A* to C grades including maths and English was 70 per cent – ten per cent higher than the national average.
The result means the school has improved a grade since its last inspection in April 2012, when it was found to be satisfactory.
The report said: “Students are effectively challenged and engaged in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding.
“Students are proud of the college, dress smartly and generally work hard.”
It added that for it to become an outstanding school a small amount of teaching needed improvement.
Ray Henshaw, principal, said: “This inspection report fills me with pride.
“With so many schools being judged as requiring improvement, both locally and nationally, this grade is recognition of the hard work that staff and students have put in over the last three years.
“What is clear from the inspection report is that Minsthorpe Community College is now on a journey to becoming an outstanding college and school.”