BOSSES at Sandown Bay Academy have welcomed Ofsted's latest findings but said more work was needed to move out of special measures.
The Isle of Wight school said an Ofsted report was due to be published today (Wednesday), following a monitoring inspection at the beginning of the month.
The full extent of the watchdog's findings are not yet known, however principal Shaheen Khan Jones said inspectors found the school had progressed towards moving out of special measures.
They praised teaching improvements, efforts to reduce bullying and found the school's action plan was fit for purpose, she said.
The school, which is run by the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), has now been authorised to employ newly qualified teachers.
Mrs Khan Jones, who denied rumours she had been sacked or had quit, said successful efforts had focussed on improving English and maths.
Although improvements had slowed earlier in the year due to a complicated staff restructure, carried out as the school reduced the number of students, Mrs Khan Jones said progress towards lifting the school out of special measures was back on track.
GCSE results had improved on last year, although fell short of the academy's targets, and attendance had improved, she said.
"Let's keep this ball rolling and keep moving in the right direction. The staff have worked incredibly hard and we have made progress, but there is still a long way to go," she said.
Chair of governors John Gansler said: "The commitment and professionalism shown by all staff at the academy have resulted in real improvements in performance. However, Ofsted expectations are very demanding. There is much still to be done, but I am sure that the academy is in a good position to reach the high standard of excellence we all wish."