CHRIST the King College is still a "good" school, according to Ofsted.
In a letter to parents, accompanying the latest report, headteacher Pat Goodhead expressed surprise at a gap of only 20 months between inspections.
She said if it had been the expected three year-plus interval she was confident the school would have been deemed outstanding — an accolade the whole school was tirelessly working toward.
"Indeed the lead inspector commented that he fully expected out college to be deemed outstanding in 12 to 18 months and we are confident that, with successful examination results this summer we will be even closer to securing the top accolade for our students," she said.
The Newport school only missed out this time, according to Ofsted, because some teachers’ marking to improve performance was inconsistent and in a small proportion of lessons students did not always stay focused on their learning.
Progress of students in modern foreign languages was below that of other subjects, while teaching was judged good with some outstanding practice, leading to last year's GCSE results being in line with national averages.
Ofsted found "calm and polite" behaviour and very rare exclusions.
The headteacher was described as an inspirational leader, creating a shared vision for the college with a senior management team determined to achieve the "outstanding" goal.
The report is not yet available online.